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Thread: kenmore ultra stitch 8

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    Does anybody know anything about a kenmore ultra stitch 8 sewing machine? I know somebody that has one for sale for $15. Is it worth it?
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    whether or not it's worth it depends on why she's selling it. is she having problems with it, or did she simply treat herself to a new machine? does it come with all the presser feet and some bobbins? the manual?

    grab your scrap bag (fabrics and batting so you can test it on a sample quilt sandwich) and test it for at least a half hour. test every stitch. if you won't have to take it to a repair shop before you use it, i'd say it's worth it. if nothing else you (1) have a backup machine; and (2) have more time to save up for the machine you really want.

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    or (3) a bobbin winder cheaper than the store bought ones.

    I am back to Kenmore, after years away. The old ones are very user-friendly to maintain, and adapt well to using any kind of thread and any type of fabric. I've only had this one since December, so can't judge how it will hold up, but very happy with it so far.



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    moonpi.....I used to think Kenmore is a great machine...till I managed to break the gear....Ok..I am even ready to admit it was my fault...but then we have discovered that the gear (which is such an important part of the machine...and the machine won't run without it)....This gear is made of an extremelly cheap plastic....
    A similar gear like this cost 2 US$ can you believe it? 2 dollar????
    Only I can't get this gear anywhere now....and the machine is standing without being able to use it...... for 2 $...no machine....
    I am very frastrated ..........The machine looks like new......
    I wish you luck with your machine....Personally, I switched to Brother...Got three of them now and I am very happy with them....

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    I've had my Kenmore for years nothing fancy but it works. I was in the store before Chrismas looking for a sewing table by Arrow and found out that Jenome makes Kenmore machines, go figure!
    Becky

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    Yes I also learn that Janome makes the Kenmore machines...and I discovered now they have some distribuitor in Mexico city......I will try to get in touch with them...Thanks....Wish me luck...lol :D

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    It also depends on what year the Kenmore is. I have a Kemore that is all metal and I bought it used for $25.00. I have a new Brother sewing, Brother embroidery, and Brother serger,. The Kenmore is great for quilting as it has a much wider neck. The older machins made larger neck areas then the newer ones. Go Fingure? It depends on the machine. Mine is great, bought it used and old and am glad I did!

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    Hi I seems you have got a great burgain...
    I have the Brother serger too..(1034D) brother XR65 (cheap but does many things)...I just bought the brother PQ1500S..great straight stitch and free motion only...with many feets and tricks...(which I love)...and this old "sick" Kenmore model 385.17928 (cat:6326468)....looking for a gear transplant.....lol

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    I bought the Kenmore. It sews beautifully but there is a knocking noise. My husband tore it apart and can't figure out for sure what is causing it. He thinks it is coming from the bobbin area but its hard to tell. Does anybody have any suggestions????? Its pretty loud. But, like I said, it does sew really nice.
    Judy in Ohio

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    I know this is going to sound stupid but did you try a different needle. My machine was knocking and I got realy worried then changed the needle and it stopped. Beats me what it was but worth a try with your machine!

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    You can still hear it if you run it with no needle. If you run it really slow you don't hear it. As soon as you speed up its loud. He is sitting here beside me right now tearingit apart.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Wow, and it is comming from the bobbin area. Well I would think that is at least a good sign. Not the little motor. Hope someone else maybe can help you! Let us know what the result is! If you still can't figure it out tomorrow I will call a shop I go to and see if they have any ideas.

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    He has torn it all apart and can't figure it out. He says its not the motor. It is in the bobbin area but he can't figure out what is doing it. It seems like a great machine except for the noise. I only paid $15 for it so I guess I'll just sew with it until it quits. lol
    Judy in Ohio

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    I can bet it's the needle hitting the bobbin case. You might have the needle in the wrong way. It happened to me.

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    Judy..may be..just may be , it needs to be oiled somewhere there ????

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    it may also be just "the nature of the beast".

    i bought a professionally remanufactured white last year. they're supposed to be a really good brand. heard lots of good things about them. it's gathering dust. it has 3 really annoying quirks - the worst of which is that it sounds like a tank. i'd have to wear ear plugs to use it.

    a friend of mine has a brother. also as loud as a freight train.

    My point being ... the noise may not indicate a malfunction. your machine may just be a loudmouth. :roll: if your husband figures out how to fix yours, please let us know. i'd love to know how to muffle my white.

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    Hello everybody,
    He has oiled everything. He tore it completely apart. He loves to tear things apart and fix them. lol Its not the needle because even with no needle its loud.
    I love the suggestions.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Change the needle and make sure you put it in the right way. Check the manual and the size of needle for the fabric you are using. Please don't use cheap thread or cheap needles just not woth it Andrea

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    Hello Andrea,
    It makes the noise even if you run it with no needle in it.
    Judy in Ohio

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