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Thread: Karen's Home for Wayward Kenmores

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    I like old Kenmores too. I am still kicking myself for getting rid of my 1650 after I bought my Elna 6004. Thought that I did not need two machines, boy was I wrong. I had purchased my Kenmore 1650 in 1969 when I worked at Sears and it sewed like a champ. So now after all this time I am looking for another one. I found two old used Kenmores at 2nd had shops cleaned them up and donated them to our Guild and that made me decide to find my old machine. Nothing runs like an old Kenmore, heavy but tough and ment to sew just about anything.

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    Hi, I have the green viking and am looking for bobbins for it. Would you know where I could get some or what size they may be? I don't have a clue what to look for or where to find. My machine runs really well, sews really well and is quiet and nice to use, but heavy.lol I had a new 1974 top of the line Kenmore, and used it forever, had a chance to trade it in on a new electronic fancy machine Singer when they first came out years ago and I couldn't do it, my machine was so good didn't want to take the chance of getting a new machine that wasn't as good, and turns out I was so glad I did! Kenmores are usually really good machines.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats View Post
    It started with the Model 71 my neighbor brought me (the VSMS thread, post #28670). I was home for a family funeral this week, and on my way back out of town, stopped by the junk shop where I bought my Pfaff 130 this summer. (And the guy remembered me, and gave me the Pfaff buttonholer he'd found the day after I was there. He kept it on the off chance I ever went back. How cool is that?)

    Apparently that original Kenmore called the others, now I have a bunch. I picked up a 148.12170; grubby, turns, but has no foot controller, so I don't know if it runs or not. I'm assuming 1950's-it's pea soup green. This one will go to my osmg for resale.

    Also a 7057a (Dressmaker Stretch Stitch), which has a mostly metal body-the front and top are plastic. It's printed "Made in Poland" on the back of the pillar. It's grubby, but runs. This one I'll clean up and keep until I run into someone who says, "I'd like to learn how to sew, but I don't have a sewing machine."

    My favorite is a 117.958. I can find *nothing* online about it. It looks like it's related to the Kenmore Imperial Rotary--same body--but model number is 117.591. I had to cut the cord to get it out of the table, but that was no loss. It was a knee bar (which I don't like), and had clearly been snacked on by some member of the family Rodentia, possibly a party of them. It's frozen stiff and missing the bobbin case, but I'm keeping this one-it's too cool looking not to. It's also got a really weird tension plate? disc? that I'm going to have to track down a manual to figure out, I think. It reminds me of a 30's train engine, and it's about that heavy, too. I'd love to know more about this model, if anyone has any info. Anyone know/want to guess when it was made?

    I got a Singer 237 too, which is (gasp!) clean, and works fine. This one will also go to my osmg-they're his favorite.

    The last shot is a pic of my aunt's Viking, that I brought back for a tuneup. She bought it second-hand nearly 30 years ago, and I love it! I've only ever seen green Elna's like this before. It has a cute litte red suitcase that I'll replace the lining in before I send it back.
    Sewbeadit
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    Your first Kenmore is exactly like my first machine ever. I wish we were closer....I'd buy it in a flash....dang!

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    Looking for info on JC Penny Model 7057. A friend just bought this machine at a thrf

    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    Hi MrsBoats,

    JC Penney marketed a version of the Polish 7057 back in the 1980s. My wife has one. It was her only machine between 1990 and 2006, and sewed everything around the house including the embroidered patches on our leather motorcycle vests. The fiber hook gears finally gave out in the Fall of 2006, and I replaced them with Singer gears for a Stylist Model 538. It’s still her “go to” machine when she needs a free arm, but she got a Singer 401A in the Spring of 2006, so the 7057 became “semi retired” at that time.

    The 7057 is very similar to the Singer Stylist 538 that I have used almost daily at the shop since 2006 for mending jeans. I replaced a broken fiber feed gear in the 538 in 2010, but other than that, it’s been a good little workhorse for me. If you need parts for your 7057, check to see if Singer Stylist parts will fit.

    CD in Oklahoma
    My friend just bought this machine J C Penny 7057 at a thrift store. I looking for a free manual to download for her. I found one to buy for 19.00 but neither of us wants to afford that. Any help?

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    Looking for info on JC Penny Model 7057.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThayerRags View Post
    Hi MrsBoats,

    JC Penney marketed a version of the Polish 7057 back in the 1980s. My wife has one. It was her only machine between 1990 and 2006, and sewed everything around the house including the embroidered patches on our leather motorcycle vests. The fiber hook gears finally gave out in the Fall of 2006, and I replaced them with Singer gears for a Stylist Model 538. It’s still her “go to” machine when she needs a free arm, but she got a Singer 401A in the Spring of 2006, so the 7057 became “semi retired” at that time.

    The 7057 is very similar to the Singer Stylist 538 that I have used almost daily at the shop since 2006 for mending jeans. I replaced a broken fiber feed gear in the 538 in 2010, but other than that, it’s been a good little workhorse for me. If you need parts for your 7057, check to see if Singer Stylist parts will fit.

    CD in Oklahoma
    My friend just bought this machine J C Penny 7057 at a thrift store. I looking for a free manual to download for her. I found one to buy for 19.00 but neither of us wants to afford that. Any help?

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    Is the brown crinkle finish one worth picking up?
    Quilting is an addiction that you can be proud of and enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter Day-by-Day View Post
    Is the brown crinkle finish one worth picking up?
    I've read somewhere that it is not. I think there was something proprietary about some parts or accessories that might make things difficult if you have to source them.

    I could be wrong though.
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