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Thread: Sleek Kenmore

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    Sleek Kenmore

    look at this one. any one seen this before? on CL in chicago. $30

    Bringing up the rear, I have a 1940s Kenmore sewing machine in a beautiful hard-walled, leather case. It doesn't work. The light on the machine does work so it is getting power which leads me to believe that the issue is with the motor but I have not taken it apart to fully investigate. Nonetheless, the machine is in beautiful condition. The finish is very clear and shiny. At the very least make a beautiful display piece.
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    I've never seen one like that either. But I like the sleek look and the color.

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    I thought I would limit myself to just Singers but the streamlined looks of that Kenmore could persuade me to change my mind. I just got the vintage SM bug but that is easily the best looking Kenmore I've ever seen. I hope the trouble turns out to be minor with it.
    Rodney

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    wilberness,

    If you haven't already bought it, pass it by. It's a sorry design and it uses odd ball needles and bobbins. Substitutes can be had but it's the inside of the machine that's the bad part. It's got an aluminum skeleton with bronze bushings on the main shaft. These tend to seize up over time. There are also several nylon parts inside that will swell and bind up if you oil the machine. The rest is stamped metal parts. I think it was the Trojan Horse of cheaply made machines.

    They are not a machine to buy if you really want to use one. I have naked pics of mine if you are interested.

    Joe

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    It might not be one to use, but I sure do like the look of it and its case.
    Sleek and shiny with great colors.

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    Too bad the cool exterior hides a flawed interior. Thanks for the info Joe.
    Rodney

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    I'm glad of the information, my BF is smitten with the fact that this machine is chain-driven. It is good to know (before going to all the trouble of searching one out) that they aren't mechanically solid.
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    Thanks for the info Joe. I did not get it, just pointing it out because it looked so good.
    😊 wilburness 😊

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    I believe that this model was built by New Process Gear. If so the model number will start with 120. New Process Gear was a division of Chrysler. I think they were built in Syracuse, NY.
    Kenmore machine were built by several different companies over the years.
    Colleen

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    That is beautiful...love, love Kenmores...

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