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Thread: My sears kenmore sewing machine

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    This is my new/old sewing machine. I would like to find out how old it is, and where I can get threading directions or a manual.
    I got it for a dollar because otherwise they(the thrift store) would've
    thrown it out. Model number is 158.17032
    It is a sears kenmore


    Can anyone tell me what this is?
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    I think there is a site on line to print out manuals...goggle it. I don't know if my old kenmore manual would help or not. one thing I would do is oil! oil! these old machines need alot and you will be surprised how quiet she will run.

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    The top picture looks like at one time this machine had cams Here is a picture of mine it is probobly 60's as I bought it used in the 70's. Still works like a charm! Those brown things on top are a couple of the cams.
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    Just looked and my model number is 128-523

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    similar to mine i have three settings one is set on 10 for stitching and the others are set on S... for straight stitching .it once had cams.....mine has a pu :D sh button reverse and a button to turn for feed drop


    you can get a lot of free info by going to sewusa.com

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    wow, that's nearly identical to mine!

    I have a model 1774, a 1974 model, I think.


    Yours must have been the model right before mine, manufactured in 1973. Yours is in a carrying case, right? Mine is part of a table unit...

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    oops, double post, sorry!

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    http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine...g_Diagrams.htm


    You might find the threading pattern on here.
    Judy in Ohio

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    I use a Kenmore that I got for high school graduation in 1970!! My mother used it while I was in college and until she died in 1987. The manual was no where to be found. Mine is easy to thread but it also has the cams to fit the top for various stitches and I have never used them. Good luck. I might want to find a manual too!!!

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    i have a kenmore that i bought new in 1970 , model #158.16012.
    i have my original manual and if it would help anybody, i'd be glad to scan each page and email to you. it has the cams too that go in the top, i've kept it in very good condition and i still use it some. but you can over-oil this machine, mine says 1-3 drops of oil every 6 months. the cabinet didn't come with it, i bought that at a junk store, it's an old singer cabinet but no machine was in it, a friend cut me a piece of wood for the top so i could just sit my machine on it. works great. poor people have poor ways don't we?

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    I would google it and see what came up. The search engine for them is the best!

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    What a find! :lol: When you get it running, it will probably be a work horse! They made them to last back then. The new ones are pretty touchy! :lol: My sister has the one my mom used and another one that was mom's cousin's machine, both in cabinets. I might have to re think this and see if she will give one of them up. I DO have more room, at least I would if I re organized my stash! :?

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    I have a 70 kenmore, I have a couple of pages I use for the cams....I had one in 1971 brand new...I had given it to my daughter..then I got this one at the thrift store. It was"frose up no oil" Its working fine now and I love it
    I use it for quilting and sewing heavy stuff

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    I posted this in your other thread in the Main section, but I have the next model up from yours, I finally found the english version of the manual so I can photocopy the manual and send it to you if you want, it can't really be THAT different. I wonder if it's possible to get any old cams for this machine?

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    Baren's photo looks like my machine, but not the base. My base looks like Dojo's. I got mine in 1971 and it still works wonderful, it is a work horse. I have had it serviced only 5 times in all those years! I had to have th bobbin winder replaces cuz post or whatever is made of pig iron and the repair guy said it is the only part on the machine that should break....it is practically indestructible.

    Do you have the cams? They have very nice decorative stitches.

    If you take it to be serviced (cleaned, make sure the tension is good etc), they could probably tell you more about the machine.

    You got a fantastic deal!

    warm quilt hugs, sue

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    have you tried taking it to a shop and have serviced and maybe they ca help you with threading it for you good luck

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    Check out this site, join and you will have alot to read and questions answered.

    http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/Ol...ec=group&slk=3

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    It looks just like mine!!!! Would love to have the pages concerning the cams and anything else that is not just "regular" info!!!! My email address is [email protected] Thank you so much!!!!

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    Ellen, were you talking to me about the pages for the cams?

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    I have a Kenmore I got in 69 or 70 can't remember. Yours must be early 60's or late 50's as it looks nothing like mine. Somewhere on it I found a date of the year so I knew it was a year old when I got it. I had to take my free arm Kenmore (22 years old) (2nd machine)for service. They cleaned, oiled & re timed it. It was worth the $55.00 dollars I spent. I would recommend it highly. I use this second machine for jeans & zig zag stuff. My mom has a White she got in 50's. It has a box of cams to use but I never tried any of them & I don't remember her ever using them either. Get some canned air, it is really good for cleaning out junk, kunk & fuss.

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    I forgot, if you think my book will help, I would be glad to copy also for you.

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    I don't know!!! I actually didn't see to whom I was replying! There was a picture of a machine just like mine with an offer to scan the booklet and email it to someone else and I thought I would get in of the scanned copies. Was that you???? I'll try to go back and find it.

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    Yes, this is the one to which I was replying. Your machine really does look like the one I got for graduation in 1970. Would love to have a copy of some of the pages, especially explaining the cams. Thanks!

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    Thanks for all the replies!
    Emily

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    I've goggled every site and can't find any reference to a manual for Kenmore 158-17032. I usually have pretty good luck but I know you can find cams on ebay for these old machines. I have two Kenmores, one 1978 and a computer model that really gets a workout. Good luck.

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