Kenmore Sewing Machine Model 148.19372
Jim likes a lot of things about this Kenmore. First, it is an attractive machine. Secondly, it has most features built-in that the average person needs. It sews zig-zag and makes buttonholes. Stitch length and width are regulated by the two large controls. Reverse is obtained by depressing a lever between the knobs. The feed dogs can be raised and lowered using a control on the bed below the knobs. The machine can't be operated until the light is turned on which seems like a nice feature. Its body is all aluminum except for the bottom cover which is plastic.
We don't have the manual for our Kenmore, but threading seems similar to Singers. There are two spool pins but at the time of this writing we haven't figured out why. Our unit is Serial 06240.
Now for a problem we are having with our machine: The knob that controls stitch length has a collar containing a set screw gripping a round shaft. (Sears Part Number 214267) This piece, which is behind the plastic knob, is made of a metal-like substance that has totally deteriorated. It now has the strength and gripping power of a dried sugar cookie and literally crumbles in one's hand. A call to Sears parts and their website both indicate the part is no longer available-Drat! The stitch length is now adjusted (permanently set) using a pair of pliers.