|In-cabinet Kenmore 1803 with most of its accessories|
When I mentioned to Mom someone I knew had a 1803 but not the cams ... Mom spent a total of 4 minutes digging up the box of cams for it. So last June when I took the cams over, I told Dad and his wife that if it didn't get used in a year's time I would claim the machine. And so it came home with me this year, after about 54 weeks of serving as a pretty end table because it folds up so neatly into the perfect size for that.
The handwriting on the front of the manual includes the date "1973" so that means this lovely machine is as old as I am. Mom was in Kentucky and southern Indiana that year ... but it is possible that Mom had the original owner of this machine in one of her sewing classes at Sears a few years later if she kept coming to classes.
I've had to promise Mom I will read the manual before attempting to sew on this old cam-ster, so that will need to wait until the rest of the loot is unpacked and put away. If it runs as good as it looks, Mom says I will absolutely love its stitching. She loved hers up until she got the then-new 1914 to replace hers (which she still uses regularly). Oh, the official model number handwritten on the front of the manual says 158.18032 ... which Mom informs me means it was manufactured by Brother .... which keeps up my "Band of Brothers" motif in machines.