- All Metal Gears
- Front Loading Bobbin
- Oscillating Hook
- Low Shank Foot
- Color: Lemon Smoke
- Feed Dog Control
- Free-Arm with Extension Table
- Reverse Stitch Control
- Double (Twin) Needle Stitching
- Special Stitch Dial
- Stitch Width Control
- Special Stitch Variegator
- Powerful 1.0 Amp Motor
- Built-in Sewing Light
- Uses Standard Class 15 Bobbins and Standard 15×1 Needles
The feed dogs on this machine can be dropped for free-motion sewing or drawing, it has Reverse Stitch Control; handy for fastening a seam and bar tacking. It uses regular Class 15 and Standard 15×1 needles which are readily available in most brick and mortar stores and online including Sears parts website. The 1560 can do double needle stitching which is great if you for example, wanted to mimic the double stitched hem of many RTW t-shirts.
The Kenmore 1560 will also do the following stitches:
- Straight Stitch
- Zig Zag Stitch
- Blind Stitch
- Overcast Stretch Stitch
- Buttonhole Stitch
- Scallop Stitch
- Diamond Stitch
- Domino Stitch
- Arrow Head Stitch
- Feather Stretch Stitch
In the next images, I point out the different knobs and levers on the machine in case your machine did not include a manual.
This machine is a Free-Arm but if you do not need to use it this way you can still access the bobbin by opening the shuttle cover.
Having a Free-Arm is a great feature on any sewing machine. The Free-Arm feature came at a later date, so many vintage sewing machines you will come across will not have it.
One exception being some of the highly sought-after vintage Singer Featherweights, many prior to the 1960’s; they were ahead of their time with their introduction of a free-arm.
A Free-Arm is very useful when you need to sew cuffs, pant hems, or any other circular shape as it allows you slip the fabric around the arm.
A powerful motor is important when sewing heavier fabrics. The Kenmore 1560 can sew through denim, upholstery, canvas, and leather as long as you use the proper settings and presser foot. It uses needle sizes from 9 up to 18.
The 1.0 amp motor on this sewing machine will handle those fabrics just fine.
Like many vintage sewing machines with all-metal gears, this machine is heavy, at least 35 pounds. My 1560 came in its original case and by the photo you can see that the plastic has yellowed but it has protected the machine very well.
This machine is in really great cosmetic condition.
As far as the size of the sewing machine, this is a full-sized machine; take a look at the following photos to get an idea of the measurements.
The following photos of the foot controller are just for reference in case you were wondering what it looks like.
Sears still sells parts for vintage Kenmores and provide enlarged diagrams of the different parts of the machine here. You will need to enter the entire model number of the sewing machine in the search box, in this case of the 1560 the full number to enter is 148.15600. The model number can be found on the nomenclature plate that is found on one of the sewing machine’s side. By the way, the number on the motor is not the model number of the sewing machine.
Another thing I love about the Kenmore 1560 is that many vintage Singer (low shank) attachments and presser feet will fit this machine.
If you find this machine for sale in good working order, I would recommend you purchase it; it will not disappoint.
If you had purchased this sewing machine back in the late 1970’s the accessories included would have been a Zig Zag Foot, a Buttonhole Foot, a Straight Stitch Foot, a Zipper Foot and 2 small screwdrivers. In addition, you would have gotten a packet of Q Needles with blue shank used for stitching on certain knits and synthetic fabrics.
And how much do you think you would have paid for this sewing machine back in the day???
The original price was listed at $194.99.
My Kenmore 1560 is 32+ years old and still sewing up a storm. ♥
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