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Thread: Lavender Colored 1960's Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    auntpiggylpn,

    It's a Kenmore 158-52 series machine. ALL STEEL INSIDE, NO PLASTIC. It's made by Maruzen / Jaguar. They are very good machines. They use cams as well.

    I have one that looks just like it for sale. Mine is a 158-523.

    Joe
    Thanks Joe! I was hoping someone could give me the model number!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Great deals can be found on Craigslist and, depending where you live, the selection can be excellent
    and you can see the machine and test it before buying.
    Ask if you can plug it in and try it.
    Does it work? Does it have any mechanical problems?
    -Is it missing any parts? (They may not know.)
    Does it come with a manual?
    -Some sellers are extremely thorough and knowledgeable about machines, others are not.
    Many sellers claim not to have the pedal, which allows them to claim no knowledge
    of whether the machine works or not.
    Take along a screwdriver and look under the hood - any plastic?
    -If the machine does embroidery stitches, ask if you can see a stitch sample. Many people post a stitch sample.
    -If it uses external cams, are the cams included with the machine?
    -If it’s not a domestically-made machine, make sure it is wired for American outlets
    -Test - does it sew forward and reverse?
    -Do the feed dogs drop for doing free motion embroidery?
    -Is there any rust?
    -What condition is the wiring in? Are there any cracks in the wire or taped areas?
    -Does it come with any attachments?

    That is a wonderful list of questions. Sometimes I get caught up in the moment and forget to ask that 'one question'. This is great.

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    I have an old gray one and an old white one - very well made Kenmore machines. How do you find manuals and how do you know who made them and where they were made?
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    I have two Kenmores both were free to me. One is that same color lavender, but it is a model 29. I use it a lot for free motion quilting. It was made in the 1960s. I have no idea who actually made my Kenmores. The other one is a 18030 from the early 1970s. Kenmore seems to have a weird system for model numbers.......or at least weird to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I have an old gray one and an old white one - very well made Kenmore machines. How do you find manuals and how do you know who made them and where they were made?
    You can find some manuals on the Sears site & ebay always has lots of Kenmore manuals. The 117 series were made by White, 158 series by Maruzen/Jaguar....mostly in Japan but some of the later ones were made in Taiwan, & the 385 series are Janomes. And most have where they were made printed someplace on the machine.

    There are a few machines (like the Lady Kenmore) that were made by a different company....but they're the exception, not the rule. The 158 series machines are wonderful...

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    My manual came from the Sears on line source.

    Joe

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    I have two Kenmores in the 158 series at present. My full sized 158-1946 is basic and doesn't use cams, but I got it inew for a HS graduation gift in 1878 and it is still working great. It was my only machine for 25 years and I've used it well. My manual got very damp one place I lived and the pages stuck together. I found a replacement on ebay which also included the attachments from a sister machine that was destroyed in a flood. I also have a 158-1050 which is one of the cute 3/4 size machines that have the case with molded roses. It is promised to a friend who has been bugging me to find her a travel machine less expensive than a Featherweight. They are also more versatile as they have zz and a few utility stitches.

    My Mother has a 148 series that is a few years older but still working good except she had it serviced at the local "big" (4 locations) SM dealer who sprayed something white in it that froze it solid about a year later (let me guess, she'd take it back to them and it wouldn't be fixable). I swapped her mine while I had to let it sit with PB Blaster to free it up. She is now not allowed to have anyone else work on her machine.

    I had a 117-959 my sister gave me from her late MIL. They are rather homely looking (lin a brown godzilla football kinda way) but cleaned up pretty nice. I was able to find a free online manual to download for it and sold it recently. Of course since then I picked up an original manual and attachments on ebay for 99cents ... bait for the next one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    My manual came from the Sears on line source.

    Joe
    I must not be doing it right - I don't get anything from there
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    Miriam, I'd a pain in the butt. You've got to play with each page to save it, then once you've got it saved you got to print it.

    I'll make you a copy.

    Joe

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    I have a 1975 Kenmore that i got for $35 at the ReStore. Its now my favorite machine for piecing. If the price is right, go for it!

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