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I saw a naked machine at my LQS a while back and I was looking at it really closely. If fact it was more naked than the one in your post. Tfhe owner who was a funny guy said. and I hope I get it right.
"That's for people who put their machines on Lay-A-Way. We add the parts as they make payments".
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Actually, Joe, I think she is quite attractive. Something about the design and color remind me of the Kenmore 159.262 I purchased about a month ago for $15.00 at a thrift shop. Mine has a shuttle bobbin and the work space is only 5.5 inches. I have a question for you. When I called the Sears archives they told me mine was made in 1986. Were these machines still being made with a shuttle in 1986? Mine says Made in Japan and has JA47 and JC5 on the underside. Mine works very smoothly and has a nice, even stitch also. (Love your posts, they are most informative.)
I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me at all. Is this the machine that resembles the Singer Rocketeer a little bit?
If so I thought it's features were a mixture of old vs new and would have loved to have found it myself.
I'm not sure, but it sure sounds good don't it?
She's not ugly, she is just sturdy looking!
Update: I've been researching and have found two needles numbers that match:
Kenmore #49 and Boye 2 1/2. No modern needles at all match. The DCx1F suggested by Kevin Pinkerton works very well as a substitute, so at least I have something to use.