Old 10-17-2022, 06:44 PM
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Hello, Iím Amy and Iím new here. Iím a new sewer and havenít sewed but maybe two things in my life and that was in about 1985 😀. Just inherited my late grandmaís mid-50s Domestic Imperial model 941 zig zag machine made in West Germany, cleaned it up, oiled it, and tried it out! I found out all the presser feet except for one was mistakenly thrown out when she passed away years ago . Iím looking for sources for parts, patterns, inspiration, etc! Thanks for having me.
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Old 10-17-2022, 07:15 PM
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Welcome, Amy. We have a section for vintage machines at

I'm not familiar with your particular machine. It will probably take either a low or high shank presser feet. You can determine which by lowering the presser bar and measuring from the bed to the thumb screw as seen below.

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Welcome Amy! Hope you can get your grandma's machine up and running again. You'll have lots of fun here.
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Old 10-17-2022, 10:54 PM
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Welcome! Here's a website that talks about manuals for the Imperial machines. These old machines have metal parts and last forever, and often parts are still available because they are universal. This You Tube video is a demo on an Imperial machine. It can get you started sewing. If you need a part, you can ask your local dealer about parts available. Have fun!
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Welcome to the Quilting Board. As you can already see this is a good place to find clues and answers to your questions. So many knowledgeable folks here with amazing skills. Let us know about your progress with your machine and your sewing and quilting journey.
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After sleeping on this, I realized that I believe you have a machine similar to the one at Domestic imperial automatic/white automatic 651 Pay particular attention to post #12. There are many similar machines, such as the Gritzner GZ, Gritzner HZ and Gritzner VZ as seen at https://www.naehmaschinenverzeichnis...inen/gritzner/ There are also the Kenmore 117.740, 117.840, 117.841, Pfaff 139, Pfaff 239 and White "Zig Zag" also known as White 651. I have notes about my Pfaff 139 that it also includes Domestic Imperial Automatic 941.

Some search terms about similar machines, if you use the quotes.
"Connection between Pfaff and Gritzner-Kayser"
" Gritzner-Kayser Domestic Imperial Automatic"
There is a youtube on how to thread a Kenmore/Gritzner at
Some of them have cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches and some do not (like my Pfaff 139).

These machines take high shank presser feet.

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