I have a JPG file of an old Kenmore ad that states the model 95 was Kenmore's Finest. Well, what was once the finest machine Sears sold some 64 years ago is now an outcast Goodwill relic.
I was browsing the aisles at the immense Seattle Goodwill by I-90 and came across a small chair that had a couple drawers that slid out to the side. I thought to myself that it looked a lot like a sewing cabinet chair. I slid out one of the drawers and, lo and behold, there were some old Kenmore attachments and an owners manual. I thought it strange that someone would donate just a sewing cabinet chair to Goodwill and not the whole machine.
Just about then my wife asked, "Did you see the sewing machine over here?" She was just on the other side of the shelf unit I was at, so the sewing machine and chair had gotten separated by about 8 feet. I went over to the machine, looked at the cabinet, looked at the chair, looked at the cabinet again. Yep, they go together.
I just couldn't pass up this little treasure trove of history, all in one neat little package, and one neat little price of $12.99 plus tax.
The person that owned this machine way back in the late 40's must have thought they had the epitome of high tech (at least Kenmore high tech) sitting in front of them. I can see it now......
"Honey, you want me to sew you a new shirt? I can whip one out on my new Kenmore 59."
"Buttonholes? No problem with my handy dandy buttonhole attachment."
"You'd like some zig zag decoration? I can do that too with this nifty Kenmore zig zag attachment."
I don't think a domestic sewing machine with zig zag capability came out until the early 1950s and they were probably quite a chunk of change, so the zig zag attachments were a cheap, if somewhat inferior, alternative. And as soon as zig zag machines were the norm, the ubiquitous buttonhole attachment was relegated to the bottom of the drawer.
This old Kenmore 59 will most likely not see regular sewing duty ever again, but just seeing it with its original cabinet/chair and so many original accessories conjures up memories of a simpler time.