was given this sewing machine head by a friend. It is the Kenmore model
117.959, built by the White Sewing Machine Company, and sometimes called
the "football" because of its unusual shape.
invented the "crinkle" finish in the 1920's. This is a 1949
White supplied model that came in brown. At first glance this machine
appears to be an ugly duckling, but it doesn't take long to win your heart
with its beautiful stitches and powerful mechanics, making it a very
popular sewing machine during its heyday.
I was given this machine head, it had a mouse nest built in the arm from
being stored in a garage for many years. It took some effort to clean all
the lint, hair and seeds out of the machine and the motor. It also needed
a new bobbin winder tire and friction drive. The rubber wheels of the
friction drives on these machines usually have flat spots from being
stored for long periods of time. This can be overcome when storing your
machine by propping the motor away from the hand wheel with a sponge or
other cushioned object.
machine uses the White "wishbone" rotary bobbin
case, and standard 15x1 needles. If
you own one of these machines, visit the Gift Shop
to purchase a reproduction copy of the Kenmore 117.959 sewing machine
also has the typical White 3-prong power cord/foot controller.
machine uses the typical top clamping attachments that all White built
machines of this era do. I found attachments and a buttonholer for this
machine on eBay.
I found this
sewing box at a local thrift store to use for storing the accessories.
you believe I found this beautiful cabinet at the same local thrift store for
only a dollar.
refinished it and cleaned the door pulls. It also needed a new cable for
the automatic table lift that brings the machine up when the top is
the front doors are opened a chair can be pulled up underneath. You can
see the 3 drawers on the left side and a spool holder/pincushion attached
to the inside of the right side door.
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