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Thread: Kenmore model 158.17033 (1973-74 model)

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    Anyone have a copy of the manual for this machine? A friend of mine needs one.

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    The only manual I found was at http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ins...158-17032.aspx
    It is not free though.

    Mary

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    I have a 17033 purchased in 1975 for $249.99. It was my first machine and I loved it so much that when the reverse tab broke right off (maybe about 1990), I just put it in the closet and kept it. I bought another Kenmore but was never quite as happy. I dug the 17033 out a few months ago and had it looked at by a repair guy so it has been cleaned and oiled but he couldn't fix the reverse. I am certain that I have the manual somewhere but my sewing room became somewhat disorganized (to put it mildly) when I took up knitting about 8 years ago so finding the manual may take some time. I will look harder and let you know if/when I find it. I would be happy to copy it and send it to you.

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    Thank you Sparklin! We found a manual for it on ebay. It took awhile to find one, but eventually one went on sale. Now if you don't find yours... let me know and we can copy ours!

    Quote Originally Posted by SparklinR View Post
    I have a 17033 purchased in 1975 for $249.99. It was my first machine and I loved it so much that when the reverse tab broke right off (maybe about 1990), I just put it in the closet and kept it. I bought another Kenmore but was never quite as happy. I dug the 17033 out a few months ago and had it looked at by a repair guy so it has been cleaned and oiled but he couldn't fix the reverse. I am certain that I have the manual somewhere but my sewing room became somewhat disorganized (to put it mildly) when I took up knitting about 8 years ago so finding the manual may take some time. I will look harder and let you know if/when I find it. I would be happy to copy it and send it to you.

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    I just purchased a Kenmore 158-17033 at a tag sale today for $10 in it's cabinet with the original instruction manual but no stitch cams or accessories/attachments. I had found a 158-19801 model Kenmore at a Goodwill earlier in January, but it was too expensive to repair so I let repair shop keep it for parts, but I DID keep the original manual, the attachments box, the fashion cams, and the embroidery attachment w/alphabet cams that were never even opened. After doing some research, I've been able to confirm that the attachments/accessories for these two model machines are interchangable, so, I'm really looking forward to using this machine. Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure the repair guy I took the 19801 model to was scamming me and I fell for it, not knowing what a valuable find I had made...but at least I have a new home for the accessories...so all's well that ends well.

    I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to vintage machines. I have a Singer 15-91 w/all original parts/manual/cabinet ($37+$87 repair), a Japanese Made Commodore Deluxe Precision/Singer Class 15 clone ($15+$30 repairs), a Necchi BU Mira made in Italy w/it's original cabinet, manual, accessories and cams ($25), Singer models 534&543 ($25 for both), Singer 5528 ($50/my daughter's machine), Brother 3034D and 2340CV sergers ($350/D and $425/CV), Singer Merrittlock 14U44 Serger ($30), Janome Sewist 521 ($40)....The only ones I purchased brand new were the 2 brother sergers...the rest are all thrift store finds. I also have a White Rotary 77- 56885 ($10) machine but it's in really rough shape w/no manual or cabinet and the wiring is shot, but it does have the original attachments. I guess the good thing about White machines is that they were so popular, they're very easy to find if you keep an eye out for them, and they're really durable/heavy duty too!!
    Last edited by Melissa25125; 08-18-2013 at 09:28 PM.

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    Kenmore 158.1703

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    Does anyone have this model of Kenmore sewing machine? I have been looking for a 158.1650 and came across this 1703 in a cabinet for $80. It has the 1.2amp motor which I know the 1650 had and should be a workhorse like the 1650. Just wondering if anyone else has one and what their opinion is.
    I recently found a 1703 and a really nice cabinet on our local Trash and Treasure site for $20.00! It runs but I think it just needs a clean up and service. I really like it, even though i am partial to Bernina. I have two Berninas another older Kenmore and the one I just purchased. It came with all the parts and accessories, instruction book and every receipt for service, mostly just tune ups. I'm looking forward to getting to work with it. Next purchase is a featherweight, I hope.

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    Welcome aboard Bonnesaum! Sounds like you'll fit right in.
    Rodney
    "Neglect to oil the machine will shorten its life and cause you

    trouble and annoyance" Quote from Singer Model 99 Manual

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