I was planning on entering the Pattern Review Vintage Sewing Contest. It is my favorite of them all.
This is Becky, the Kenmore 1040.
She is not a vintage dress pattern. She's a 1972 machine.
For every lousy sale on Ebay, there's one that makes you glad you live in such a nice world! This is that one.
My problem is this: the #15 bobbin of the Kenmore 1040 has a slightly larger hole (thinner material for the central tube) than the #15 bobbin of today. It's the same exterior size as the #15 and the Bernina bobbin shown on the right, but that tube is just too small for the bobbin winder pin.
So I have two bobbins I can load on this machine, and a pile from the B-word I can empty.
The BWord sucked a thread into the handwheel and I cannot safely open it to remove it. So it needs an expensive trip to the "Oh, we don't have the parts" store nearby, or a car trip vacation to the place where the guy can fix it, but not anytime soon. Becky is supposed to solve that problem. I just thought I had a little more time to get to that point.
I was planning on sewing for the Pattern Review Vintage Contest, and then taking the summer work break.
Now I may just be entering this machine in the contest. It is older than 1980.
Oh, there's more to this. Much, much more.