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    Senior Member auniqueview's Avatar
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    I bought a sewing machine, lol. No, not a vintage, tho I would have loved to have found one. You all are such bad influences, lol. I was wandering thru the S.A. thrift store that carries all the really nice goodies, and saw a Kenmore sitting there, just minding its own business. It's a model 385.

    It had the sales slip tucked inside the bag that contained the foot pedal, the accessories and some thread, a measuring tape. The original owner bought it in 2003, and has had it cleaned and oiled each year. She put the sales slip in because the motor has a 25 year guarantee. Nice, huh?

    It needs cleaned up some now, and they said they tried it, tho the bobbin case and parts that hold it in are not "in", tho they are there and look fine, but I think it will work just fine. And it was $14.99. How could I pass that up? If nothing else, it will make an excellent doorstop, lol.

    Photos later, when I get it cleaned up and put together. Does anyone have one of these? Oh, and I do have the manual, so that's always a big help.

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    :thumbup:

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    Wow, congratulations and love the price

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    Sounds like it could be a great find. :)

    The 385 is a prefix that identifies the manufacturer. The numbers that follow the "385." contain the actual model number. (if the number is 385.550721, the model number will be 55, 550 or even 5507 - the logic behind the numbering is missing a few spokes)

    Kenmores are usually very good machines and I think 385 indicates that it's Janome-made. (tho the memory cells don't fire the way they used to, so if someone else knows better, they can certainly correct that ;) )

    Can't beat it for $15. :)

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    Yup, the 385 prefix Kenmores are Janome made. I have 5 of them. They are usually nice dependable machines. Enjoy sewing!

    Pat

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    I got my grandmother in law one at a yard sale and it works like a charm. It was brand new and in the origional box with styrofoam and had never been opened. The elderely gentleman was selling it at a yard sale because his wife had past away 2 yrs earlier and never got a chance to use it nor open it. I got it and a bunch of fabric for my grandmother to make aprons for $20.00. Made us both happy!

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    Model 385.15510200 The donor lived in Naples $$$$$ Florida

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    Sounds like a great deal. I hope you enjoy sewing/quilting on it.

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    Awesome price :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I just went and looked at my old Kenmore purchased in 1983 as a wedding present. 385.1249380. It's called a "10 Stitch".

    It's a work horse. Nothing fancy, but sews a good straight stitch.

    Gosh ... can't remember what my husband paid for it in 1983. I remember being excited because it didn't have "cams" like my mothers Kenmore did. I thought it was so modern!!

    I did not know it was made by Janome. I guess that means I have two Janome's now. This one and her big sister the 6600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auniqueview
    Model 385.15510200 The donor lived in Naples $$$$$ Florida
    Great find! and I live close by Naples, FL myself!

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    :). :)

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    Sounds like a good deal to me. :thumbup:

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    Good buy--even for a door stop! Have fun!

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    Good luck with it. :thumbup:

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    Great find

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    I just love my thrift store finds - but you seem to have me beat!! Enjoy!

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    Just realized that the machine my daughters bff is using is a 385! No wonder it's so friendly for her to work with!!

    It's a 385.12814490

    Does anyone know where I can get a manual for it?? Preferably FREE! lol

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    Great find!! I wouldn't have passed that up, either!!

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    I have a 30 year old Kenmore and I still love it for piecing. Bet you'll have good luck with yours

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    Oops, answered the wrong one. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    It's a 385.12814490

    Does anyone know where I can get a manual for it?? Preferably FREE! lol
    http://www.sewconsult.com/kenmore/38...5%20type1.html

    Only $6.00 for a downloadable manual.:)

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    A great find. Congratulations.

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    FYI Kenmore had the TOP rated machines in the industry for 12 straight years...which include the year of this machine!

    I found one at a yard sale for the same price and my elderly friend uses it for nothing but FMQ now...she sews on a Viking Designer 1...but loves what the Kenmore does for free motion work!

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    Oh, that was a good deal.....

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    Congrats! It's amazing what you can get at a thrift store. I went to our local thrift store a couple of days ago and walked out with over 10 yds of fabrics for about $3.00.

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