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Thread: New to me Kenmore, can someone tell me what I have?

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    These are great photos. For those who are having trouble with the photos. Try rebooting your computer. I had trouble like that a couple days ago. I don't have dial up. Every once in a while I go to the tech support and tell them I have a problem. They fix it in about 45 minutes (can't be on the computer during that time so I do something else. Then I'm good to go for another couple 3-4 months.

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    Funny, I could open the pictures, but can't when the rest of you can!! weird.

    Anyway, very pretty machine. Enjoy her as much as you can.

    (Hey Joe, If I had had a Kenmore like that, I'd still have a Kenmore like that!! Ha Like the older ones better.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraSue View Post
    Funny, I could open the pictures, but can't when the rest of you can!! weird.

    Anyway, very pretty machine. Enjoy her as much as you can.

    (Hey Joe, If I had had a Kenmore like that, I'd still have a Kenmore like that!! Ha Like the older ones better.)
    BarbaraSue,

    I agree with you about that.

    Joe

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    There seems to be smoke stains on it, any suggestions to get that off? I also have to fix the wiring, but only a simple rewire don't have to take apart.

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    Ok the first picture came up. Definitely a clone! Feel free to post it with all the other clones! You are going to love it.
    Joe hates them - he can't get his hand in to change the bobbin. My hand is small. I find the machines easy to use, simple to maintain and if you get a thread snarl it is easy to remedy. Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up
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    I have one that looks just like it, but it says "Wizard", Montgomery Ward's badge name.

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    Lucky you! That is a Model 15 clone. I have one just like it, but badged differently. It is a tried and true workhorse, an excellent piecer. You can also fmq and straight line quilt with it. Feet are generic low shank and walking feet are easy to find.

    Vacuum dirt out; do not use canned air to blow dirt further in. Use Tri-Flow grease and oil or regular sewing machine oil and Singer lubricant/grease. Oil every 8 hours of sewing, one drop, where metal meets metal.

    You will love this machine. I will never give mine up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute View Post
    Lucky you! That is a Model 15 clone. I have one just like it, but badged differently. It is a tried and true workhorse, an excellent piecer. You can also fmq and straight line quilt with it. Feet are generic low shank and walking feet are easy to find.

    Vacuum dirt out; do not use canned air to blow dirt further in. Use Tri-Flow grease and oil or regular sewing machine oil and Singer lubricant/grease. Oil every 8 hours of sewing, one drop, where metal meets metal.

    You will love this machine. I will never give mine up.
    Cricket, I feel the same way. I have had quite a few and love them all but then once in a while I run into one that I like better than all the rest. I bought a Universal clone a couple weeks ago. I bought it thinking it might be a parts machine. It had something melted all over the machine. The machine looked horrible. It was missing the slide plate and the bobbin case. I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. That machine turns like nothing. I took the tension apart and re-assembled and it works like a dream. That one is a very fine machine. Another one I really loved was a Montgomery Ward. It wasn't near as ugly but it did need clean up. I did sell it but it hurt to part with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Ok the first picture came up. Definitely a clone! Feel free to post it with all the other clones! You are going to love it.
    Joe hates them - he can't get his hand in to change the bobbin. My hand is small. I find the machines easy to use, simple to maintain and if you get a thread snarl it is easy to remedy. Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up
    Weeeeeelllllll, I think "hate" is a bit too strong of a word. Let's just say I dislike the end loading bobbins.
    Those machines do sew beautifully. That part I like. And I've got 4 or 5 of them so I can't hate them.

    I think though that if I ever set on up in a cabinet I'm going to put a mouse hole in the end so I can reach through and pick up the bobbin after I drop it trying to change it out. LOL

    I really do like the blue ones.

    Joe

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    Canned air or compressed air is great for cleaning out lint, fuzz, bugs, mouse leavings, thread, and general dirt - - on non electronic machines only. Machines like the clones are open and there really isn't any place you can blow the debris into. Machines with removable tops are easier to clean with compressed air too.
    The only thing I don't like about canned air like you buy in the stores is if you tilt the can you can get a blast of moisture that will wet down the metal. At least that's my take on it.

    Besides ............. canned air noise causes the cats to vacate the area LOL

    Joe

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