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Thread: 1948 kenmore 117 959 ?

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    I'm looking for info on what kind of standard needle, size and or brand of needle is used in this machine. My search is coming up blank. Lots of machines no parts. I have the manual but there is no info on what needle to use.

    I also need a bobbin case and bobbin for it.

    I posted it in Bills Vintage thread and I thought if I double posted I might have better luck.

    My GM machine and is very sentimental. Thanks for any help. UBE
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    You can purchase a manual for this machine that should have the relevant information about the needle, etc. in it:
    http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine...ion_Manual.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    You can purchase a manual for this machine that should have the relevant information about the needle, etc. in it:
    http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine...ion_Manual.htm
    Thanks for this ino but I have a manual and there is no info on what type needles to use or the part#'s for the case or bobbin. Thank you for looking.
    peace :D

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    Not sure if this would apply to a Kenmore, but my 1947 Singer Featherweight uses the standard needles we use now.

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    If you have access to another machine, try the bobbin case from it. I think most old kenmore's used a class 15 bobbin case like Singer. If that is the right one, JoAnn's fabrics has them for less than $5. And the bobbins are inexpensive also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting
    I'm looking for info on what kind of standard needle, size and or brand of needle is used in this machine. My search is coming up blank. Lots of machines no parts. I have the manual but there is no info on what needle to use.

    I also need a bobbin case and bobbin for it.

    I posted it in Bills Vintage thread and I thought if I double posted I might have better luck.

    My GM machine and is very sentimental. Thanks for any help. UBE
    peace :D
    My MIL died a year and a half ago, when cleaning out her house, she had the Kenmore 117-959 that is excellent condition, however, it needs to have a new power cord which to date I have not replaced. I do have the original manual and accessories which go with this machine. I looked in the book to see what size needles you should use and it says 1,2,3, 4.
    There is no reference to needle size, and I think it is like all machine for regular sewing size 11 or 14. I do know the singer machine require using a singer needle, because there is a slight difference in the length, so I plan to use an organ size 75 or 90 which is a 11 or 14 size needle. I have included a picture of the bobbins that are to be used with this machine, and I have no idea where you might find them. I am sure your machine is very dear to you, mine is too. They are suppose to be wonderful sewing machine and I am anxious to get the cord replaced. Check on ebay, I did see an old 117-959 you might get some spare parts froms. Good luck
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    Anne, I happen to have the same problem. I appreciate your help with the pictures. they help me too. Is is possible that you can post a good pic of the bobbin case too? Have looking for one for almost a year with no answer. The thing is that I do not really know how it looks life for sure. I got the manual but i can't get a clear pic from it. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

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    Hi Teresa373. We just purchase this same machine today at a ReStore. The machine and cabinet is in unusually beautiful condition. We were just searching for a source for the owner's manual and came across this site. We will pull the bobbin case and post pictures for you as soon as possible. Do you know where to find an original manual?
    Thanks !

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    i just got one for $25.
    nice machines!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting View Post
    Thanks for this ino but I have a manual and there is no info on what type needles to use or the part#'s for the case or bobbin. Thank you for looking.
    peace
    I'd think a Kenmore would use a standard needle. Does it have a bobbin case, now? Take it to a good sewing machine shop. If they don't have it, they could probably order it.
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    Thank you for the info. Now to get it rewired. I did get a bobbin case and bobbin so that is a start. Also have to get her cleaned and oiled.
    I am anxious to use her. I named her Elsie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KEN View Post
    i just got one for $25.
    nice machines!!!
    Very nice machine. Looks in very good shape. There is not much on QB that deals with these "uglies", (not in my eyes). They aren't the delicate, filigree, decaled beauties. Their beauty is on the inside.

    These are really great machines. I think if we started to call them '959 Shark Skin Finish' they would become instantly more popular and everyone would want one.

    Take good care of her.
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    White built that machine. Uses White Rotary parts: Bobbins, Bobbin cases. It also uses the standard needle system of all modern machines. They are full rotary hook machines and will make excellent machines for FMQ. Have fun!

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    OMG. I have the same machine. (or will have shortly) I learned how to sew on this machine. it was my mothers machine and I have tracked it down. it is still in the family. oh my I remember it was a tank and sewed thru everything. oh you will be sooooo happy with it.
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    @ Post#13: M'sM, Thanks that is a great bit of info. I learn so much from you great people.
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    I had one of these I re-homed last year after servicing it. My sister's MIL bought it at a garage sale, thinking my sister's plastic Singer would fit in the cabinet. Of course a modern machine is not designed to mount in a cabinet and hang sideways. So, it sat in her garage, so she gave it to me! It was a tank and really purred along once it got cleaned and lubed. It runs by a drive wheel that sits against the hand wheel. These are replacable as so many that have sat for awhile have flat spots on the drive wheel from sitting against the hand wheel for a LONG time. You can avoid this by sticking a pencil between them to hold the drive wheel off the hand wheel. PM me if you need a manual, I have it in .pdf format.

    Kenmore models that start with 117.xxx were made by White, so they can interchange parts with White Rotary models. They take standard 15x1 needles, I use Schmetz. The bobbin case can be hard to find as they are no longer made. The 959 I had actually came with 2 bobbin cases; I sold the extra for $30 on ebay and the serviced machine for $35. Looks for ones advertised for White Rotary, it will look like this:

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    More great info,thanks. I really have to get busy on this machine.
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