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just picked up a Kenmore m158.15000

Old 02-01-2014, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by great white View Post
You would think it's a double needle capable by the spool holders, but no.

It's only got one tension disc slot and no mention of it in the manual.

That's not to say I might not try to modify the tensioner some time in the future to see if I can get it to do double....
You should still be able to use a double needle even though there is only 1 set of tension discs. I have a 158.1941, with only 1 set of tension discs, and the manual mentions the use of a double needle on the needle information page.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
You should still be able to use a double needle even though there is only 1 set of tension discs. I have a 158.1941, with only 1 set of tension discs, and the manual mentions the use of a double needle on the needle information page.
Interesting.

Just reread the 1500 manual a couple times again. No mention of a double needle or option for it.

Mine is a 158.15000

Comes down to being different models I guess....

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Old 02-01-2014, 07:53 AM
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Very cool!! I had a Kenmore that I got as a teenage that I remember looking like this. I don't remember what happened to it. I took it to college and then when I was training at various Joann Fabric store openings as part of a new management team. I was happy to see someone loving these machines - I hope I can find one someday!
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Originally Posted by great white View Post
Interesting.

Just reread the 1500 manual a couple times again. No mention of a double needle or option for it.

Mine is a 158.15000

Comes down to being different models I guess....
Looks like it.
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:24 AM
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As a general rule, if the machine has a side loaded bobbin it will not take a double needle. If two needles are placed in the needle-bar side by side, the hook will only catch the thread from one needle. The hook has to pass behind both needles to be able to catch the thread loop.

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Originally Posted by great white View Post
You would think it's a double needle capable by the spool holders, but no.
It's only got one tension disc slot and no mention of it in the manual.

That's not to say I might not try to modify the tensioner some time in the future to see if I can get it to do double....
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Originally Posted by great white View Post
I know you've said you've had one for a long time, but are you sure it's a 1500?

From what I can see in the manual, the door doesn't have to be opened to thread it:
You are right! I don't have to open the front to thread it. I haven't had it out in a while. . .
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If I am not mistaken, just remembering using a double needle, I used one tension disc to load two threads (but that is on my Elna). Try it, it might work......
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Originally Posted by oldtnquiltinglady View Post
If I am not mistaken, just remembering using a double needle, I used one tension disc to load two threads (but that is on my Elna). Try it, it might work......
Will do.

I don't lay hands of it for another 3 months or so though....
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Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
As a general rule, if the machine has a side loaded bobbin it will not take a double needle. If two needles are placed in the needle-bar side by side, the hook will only catch the thread from one needle. The hook has to pass behind both needles to be able to catch the thread loop.

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Oops, looks like I didn't pay enough attention to the photo.

All of the Kenmore machines I have owned have had front loading bobbins, hence my spurious advice.
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Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
Oops, looks like I didn't pay enough attention to the photo.

All of the Kenmore machines I have owned have had front loading bobbins, hence my spurious advice.
So, just trying to understand this.

My singer 319w has a vertical rotary bobbin underneath and my 328k has a horizontal drop in bobbin.

Yet both do double needles.

I do get the hook has to pass behind both needles, but I don't understand how the vertical vs horizontal thing matters.

Seems to me what matters is how the OEM designed it to work....
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