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Thread: Vintage Kenmore

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    I found this yesterday for 15.00 at the Salvation Army. Can anyone tell me anything about this machine? Where do I look for the model number etc... It seems to sew just fine, and in a great cabinet filled with accessories, old thread etc.. Thanks for any info, I sure appreciate it.
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    I don't know where to find info but wanted to let you know that I think it is pretty!!!

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    Pretty machine and you will LOVE that desk - so much storage! :)

    When you tilt the machine back, there should be a small plate on it with one or two long numbers stamped onto it.

    One number will be the serial number and the other number will begin with either 117., 148., 158., 385., or 516.

    i.e. - 516.891 or 158.18033 or 148.52

    The numbers before the period indicate the manufacturer (and I never can keep them straight) and the numbers after the period contain the model number.

    And there's no apparent rhyme or reason to this, either - the 516.891 is a Gritzner-Kayser made machine and the model number is 89. A 516.890 is also a model 89.

    A 158.18030, 158.18031, 158.18032 and 158.18033 are all model 1803's.

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    Love the color.

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    Great find!!!!

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    Sounds like you got a bargain. I love the color of that machine. Older Kenmores were sturdy, reliable machines.

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    Wow I love that machine! Look on the bottom or the back of the motor to find a model number.

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    what a beauty

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    what a bargain - sure beats paying several thousand $$ for a new computerized machine. And I bet it is all metal parts inside and will never wear out!!
    That looks older than my Kenmore and mine is mid 60's.

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    You have a workhorse there! Great find.

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    Congrats

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    How pretty! I have a 1961 in hiding, but it's not that pretty.

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    Whoa!!! Love the color of it! You are going to love it.

    You might check NiftyThrifty girl's YouTube videos. She sells machines on eBay and makes nice videos to go along with each machine she sells. Kenmore brand is one of her favorites so you might be able to find your machine among her videos.

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    Love the color! And what a bargain.

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    Thanks so much for your answers,I was able to find the number and saw that is was made between 1957 and 1960! I'll check out the you tube videos! Thanks for all your help everyone!

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    I have a Kenmore that looks very much like yours. I just posted pictures on the Main and you can also find it under topics "quilting and sewing machines" Mine is a Model 117-552 serial # 214723.

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    I can't find it. What am I doing wrong. I've searched in all the topics mentioned at the top. Sorry.

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    I can't find it. What am I doing wrong. I've searched in all the topics mentioned at the top. Sorry.

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