I've been collecting these incredible little machines for several years now. The 158 series machines were made for Sears by Jaguar/Maruzen out of Japan. I consider them to be the Singer 221 Featherweight on steroids. I suppose, if you are a quilter, the 221 is the holy grail for quality of straight stitch and portability. However, if you are a typical sewer needing more than a straight stitch, portability, and a compact footprint, this little Kenmore 1040 is a must have. There were three in the 1040 series: 158.10400, 158.10401, and 158.10402. The 10400 and the 10401 are nearly indistinguishable, but the 10402 had some differences in the indicator markings.
- 3/4 Machine w/rose embossed clamshell case
- 18 lbs.
- Cast aluminum housing
- All metal gears
- Case measures 17" long x 5.5" wide x 11.5" tall
- Oscillating vertical 15 series hook/bobbin
- Straight stitch
- Zig-zag stitch
- Blind hem stitch
- Mending stitch
- Straight stretch stitch
- Zig-zag stretch stitch
- Built-in 4 step buttonholer w/five guides: 3/8", 1/2" 5/8", 13/16", 1 1/16"
- Foot controller w/case
- Automatic bobbin winder w/five bobbins
- Feet include: zig-zag, straight, zipper, blindstitch guide with shank
- Straight and zig-zag needle plates
- Needle threader
- Large and small screwdriver
- Five needles
- Two double needles
- Adjustable presser foot pressure
- Droppable feed dogs
- Oiler/lint brush
- Seam Ripper
Over the past few years I've acquired seven of these machines. From them I have restored three and gave one to each of my daughters as Christmas presents a couple of years ago. I have a couple left to restore and sell, and then I found this very unusual 158.10402 in virtually mint condition. I did go through and perform a full restoration; cleaning, polishing, and waxing, along with grease and lubrication. All functions were checked and it performs flawlessly.
What I didn't expect, nor have I ever seen, was the styrofoam packing. It was obviously used to secure the machine inside its rose embossed clamshell case during shipping. This is the most complete, most perfect 1040 I've run across and it has found its way into my little private collection.
The inspection label is still on the side of the case and the original hang tag is on the handle. It even came with an actual page from the 1974 Sears catalogue from which, I assume, it was ordered.
The following few pictures show the machine from all sides.
No markings on the manual and the binding is perfect.
The page from the 1974 Sears catalogue featuring the machine and the price. $160 in 1974 is equal to $800 in 2015.
The electronic foot pedal is pristine and the green vinyl case is perfect. I've only seen two that weren't torn at the seams.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at the Kenmore 158.10402. If you have any questions, let me know. The items that are problematic on these machines is that the double belt pulley and the drop feed dogs tend to freeze up after years of nonuse. I'll be doing a tutorial on easily dealing with both.
Thanks for looking,