JC Penny Penncrest 2601

Old 05-24-2017, 10:19 AM
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I would hold off on buying that particular manual. See if anyone else here knows more about the machine.
Also, ask your repair person if they have any contacts that may be able to find a manual.
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:27 AM
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Thank you. I'll ask when I pick it up.
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:44 AM
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My first machine was JC Penny branded machine circa 1978. I still have it but I don't know if I still have the manual and it is very different from your machine. I can tell you that you will only get a straight stitch as long as your zig zag width is set to the zero. The upper setting knob that is currently set to the symbol that looks like a Z is the setting you use for straight stitch and zig zag. When you increase the stitch width that will give you a zig zag stitch. I'm sorry I can't help you with the other stitches. It has been almost 12 years since I fired mine up. Ever since I got my Bernina. I kept my JC Penny as a backup.
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
My first machine was JC Penny branded machine circa 1978. I still have it but I don't know if I still have the manual and it is very different from your machine. I can tell you that you will only get a straight stitch as long as your zig zag width is set to the zero. The upper setting knob that is currently set to the symbol that looks like a Z is the setting you use for straight stitch and zig zag. When you increase the stitch width that will give you a zig zag stitch. I'm sorry I can't help you with the other stitches. It has been almost 12 years since I fired mine up. Ever since I got my Bernina. I kept my JC Penny as a backup.
Thank you. I was wondering how to switch from straight to zigzag.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:02 AM
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Here's a machine that looks like yours. Don't know if you can contact the owner but she obviously has a manual. Maybe you could ask her if you could pay for her to make a copy of the manual and send the copy to you. I would think it's worth a try.

http://www.timberlinehomestead.com/7...g-machine.html
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by osewme View Post
Here's a machine that looks like yours. Don't know if you can contact the owner but she obviously has a manual. Maybe you could ask her if you could pay for her to make a copy of the manual and send the copy to you. I would think it's worth a try.

http://www.timberlinehomestead.com/7...g-machine.html
Thanks for the link. I just sent her a message.
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Old 05-24-2017, 12:22 PM
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I found a youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUI8BZYd9mA
what is the serial# try searching this way also, just for the heck of it put the serial number in google.
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I found a youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUI8BZYd9mA
what is the serial# try searching this way also, just for the heck of it put the serial number in google.
Serial numbers are useless for Japanese machines as there are no records to search.

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Old 05-24-2017, 06:21 PM
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I had a machine when I was a teen that had a switch on it that was like speed control, Could H/L actually be an early speed control?
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Old 05-24-2017, 07:32 PM
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I'm no expert. As far as manuals, they will do you no good if they don't have the same dials, in the same place, as you. You have the basics worked out. You have it sewing a straight stitch. You just need to understand the dials and special things you machine can do. So, unless the manual shows/includes your dials, it's fairly useless, except the oiling points.

Look to buy a manual by the drawing of the machine, not the name. It could have several "names' on it. It's possible to find a manual on one of those $$$ sewing machine manual sites. It might cost $5.00 or $10.00 to purchase, But at least you'd have the information. Just make sure the pictures match.

I might try joining the Japanese sewing machine group on yahoo. Chances are it's a Japanese machine. They may have a way to determine which mfg. made it. It's possible that the manual is in the Yahoo group's files.

About cams - What makes mechanical sewing machine zig-zag or do decorative stitches is a "cam". It's a gear that makes the machine do a certain zig or zag.. They can be built in, as yours obviously are. (You have no doors to enter cams). They can also be removable. The removable gears are called "cams", also. They usually look like little hats with various shaped brims, but are sometimes flat and sometimes look like flying saucers. There are hundreds of varieties of cams. You just insert the cam to produce the stitch you desire.

Also, if you don't get a good answer, post again in a a couple of months.

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