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    my 2 babies (vintage machines)

    I bought an old Kenmore from a yard sale last year, it sat in my house for several months before I finally got around to cleaning it and experimenting (did not come with manual).... it sews like a dream, and I have put away my White... this Kenmore cost me $30.00...what a prize! Turns out she was born in 1972

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    Also, friend gave me her grandmother's sewing machine... here it is.. I have no idea how old she is, can't find any information on her... but she works...needs a LOT of TLC, but she does work

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    Looks like your Emerson is a clone of the Singer Model 15. Here is an article about these machines from Sew-Classic Blog. http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/12/...-15-clone.aspx

    Enjoy your new toys.

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    Your Kenmore is very similar to my 1803 - if you look under the bed on the front edge, there should be a metal plate that says "158.XXXXX" and the first 2, 3 or 4 digits after the period are the common model name.

    My 1803 is the best free-motion quilter in the herd - and it does so many neat things, you'll be amazed.

    You can find complete sets of attachments and design cams and feet on eBay for $30-40 including shipping. (the shipping is the most expensive part)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot View Post
    Your Kenmore is very similar to my 1803 - if you look under the bed on the front edge, there should be a metal plate that says "158.XXXXX" and the first 2, 3 or 4 digits after the period are the common model name.

    My 1803 is the best free-motion quilter in the herd - and it does so many neat things, you'll be amazed.

    You can find complete sets of attachments and design cams and feet on eBay for $30-40 including shipping. (the shipping is the most expensive part)
    Yes, my Kenmore is an 1803... I haven't tried FMQ with her yet, but I intend to... when I can give up handquilting long enough to try! lol
    I quilt for my sanity!

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    Beautiful machines!

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    I have a Kenmore 1815 which is very similar to your 1803. It is one of my favorite machines and I love the designs that came on the cams. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the left needle position for straight stitch, but I've learned to live with it.

    Pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    Looks like your Emerson is a clone of the Singer Model 15. Here is an article about these machines from Sew-Classic Blog. http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/12/...-15-clone.aspx

    Enjoy your new toys.
    Yes, I agree with Annthreecats, it is a 15 clone.
    Lynn

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    You are welcome to post a picture of your clone on Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up I think there is a link to a manual and toward the end Muv has a video how to thread it.
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    Kim, I have that exact Kenmore machine and if you would like, I can copy the manual and send it to you. You can PM me if you want a copy of it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Bohannon View Post
    I bought an old Kenmore from a yard sale last year, it sat in my house for several months before I finally got around to cleaning it and experimenting (did not come with manual).... it sews like a dream, and I have put away my White... this Kenmore cost me $30.00...what a prize! Turns out she was born in 1972

    Name:  kenmore resized.jpg
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    Also, friend gave me her grandmother's sewing machine... here it is.. I have no idea how old she is, can't find any information on her... but she works...needs a LOT of TLC, but she does work

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    Have a blessed day.

    Linda

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    I've never used a Kenmore but they look very sturdy. A friend whose husband's 85-year-old aunt had to go into a home left a Kenmore machine in her stuff and our friend said she's going to try and get it working. I would think it would run just fine but maybe need a good cleaning and some tension adjustment. I told her if she dosen't like it, I'd take it!
    She who dies with the most fabric didn't sew fast enough!

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