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Thread: Visit with Miriam and Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    Joe,

    Which Cams? I picked some up at the local thrift store, because I thought someone might need them. They came in a pattern cams box that looks like a book. I think they're for the 158 (Jaguar / Maruzen) model machines.

    There's one missing in total. I just wanted the box.
    Tammi,

    Here is an eBay link to a set of those cams.
    { http://www.ebay.com/itm/KENMORE-SEWI...item53eecf90b8 }
    There is only 7 cams to the set of this machine.

    The model number for our new Kenmore is 158-15000. It is a Maruzen / Jaguar machine, but there is a lot of different cams for the different models.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Tammi,

    Here is an eBay link to a set of those cams.
    { http://www.ebay.com/itm/KENMORE-SEWI...item53eecf90b8 }
    There is only 7 cams to the set of this machine.

    The model number for our new Kenmore is 158-15000. It is a Maruzen / Jaguar machine, but there is a lot of different cams for the different models.

    Joe
    Those are really neat looking cams The set I have here work on a 158.19142 and probably others. Darn.. I was hoping that these had already found a home.
    I have another kenmore here, C877.782 that takes cams too, but I've never seen the cams for it. I can't even figure out who the manufacturer is of those C877 machines.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 431G, 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99, 115, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    Does it have any J- A or other J- numbers on it? With that you can "usually" find the makers.

    Joe

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    I saw no Js at all. I know the model number is correct, and it's the second one I've had with the C877 as the first set of numbers. I found a chart once that showed most of the numbered ones (158, 385, etc) but I've never seen this one referred to by a manufacturer name. I had to get a needle plate for a customer for the same model, but the replacement plate could fit almost all of the manufacturers (necchi, riccar, white, brother, etc) so it didn't narrow it down at all for me.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
    Singer 431G, 411G, 301A, 2x 221 (featherweight), 222k - the holy grail, 99, 115, 15-90 Centennial, 27, VS2, 28 hc, 128 knee bar, 201-2, Pfaff 130-6. Non-Vintage - Pfaff 6122, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81595 serger, Kenmore (Janome) 385.81155, 2013 APQS Lucey

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    Miriam, I'd love to take on some of your re-homes! Caroline's loft is full of creativity and Tango the cat is simply an anchor for many projects. I just have to get over there for some lessons.

    Joe, it would appear that you have an excellent sense of adventure. Clearly, you understand those of us who just want to treadle on with stitching our quilts... :-) I'm still looking for a solid zig-zag that works well in a treadle. No perfect machines have shown up in our area that are affordable. The Necchi BU I purchased for just that purpose is no longer going to be a candidate. Her cabinet is much too adorable for the scrap pile. I just have to figure out how to remove and restore that knee controller.
    Annette

    If you want to be a leader in this world, drive slowly on a two-lane road.

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    I am amazed at how many machines are capable of treadling. I'm looking for a decent machine will decorate and that can hand crank. Those 3 machines Joe and I tested out would hand crank but aren't all that decent with the stitches. I don't have patience for that. I think those were early junk. Lots of stamped metal. What the cams ride on or read with isn't all that good. All three machines worked about the same as far as that goes. One of mine wasn't feeding fabric consistently. I haven't really had time to go over them much though. I would hate to see a beginning sewer try to use one of those machines - probably write off sewing forever.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Miriam,

    Besides being "early junque", I think the design is off or flawed in some way. I can think of nothing more annoying than a machine that surges as it tries to make stitches. None of my other cam ( built in or removable) machines do that. Since all three of them do it, it's got to be something to do with the design.

    I'm gonna play with the one I have as time permits, but it will never get used seriously.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Miriam,

    Besides being "early junque", I think the design is off or flawed in some way. I can think of nothing more annoying than a machine that surges as it tries to make stitches. None of my other cam ( built in or removable) machines do that. Since all three of them do it, it's got to be something to do with the design.

    I'm gonna play with the one I have as time permits, but it will never get used seriously.

    Joe
    Too frustrating to use much - one of mine was in like new condition except for all the black stuff on the inside of the machine. I don't know if someone used graphite or if it just is filthy. It is crummy to sew with. It is possible that Wilbur and a screwdriver would be a fun show on one of those machines. I had first thought I would pass that on to someone in need. Now I'm thinking it would be a dis-service. There ARE lots of great parts on those machines, Joe. You shouldn't need to go looking for a slide plate (or is that one hinged), throat plate, motor, case, foot control, needle holder clamp, tension, spool pins, springs, presser foot, screws, bobbin area parts, PARTS!!! Lots of PARTS!!! Hurray for parts! Maybe something more worthy will stay alive because of that stupid machine!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Well, if it doesn't cooperate that is a possibility.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    <snip>Can't wait to see you "little girl in blue".
    Caroline, Here is a front view pic of the blue Dressmaker clone. The face plate is from another clone I have because this one had a broken thread check spring. It sews as nice as it looks too.



    Joe

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