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Thread: kenmore 117-812

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    kenmore 117-812

    I was at agarage sale and bought this machine for $2.00 I liked the box I have several older singers this is one I've never seen before could someone tell me how to thread it
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    I have a few kenmore's, so if ya post a pic i can show ya.

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    It wont let me add a picture

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    picture of kenomore

    here is the picture of the machine
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    Sandy,

    They are quite easy, I have one, here's what the owners manual says:

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    Also the hand wheel rotates away from you as you sew.

    Here's the page on threading the bobbin case:

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    As far as I'm concerned this machine and the other White made machines of this era are as good if not better than some of the Singers of the same vintage. Oil is their friend, Tri-Flow is best. Make sure the drive wheel rubber part is smooth and not flat spotted.

    Hope this helps some.

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    Thank You so much I bought this to take the locks off the case to see if the would fit my featherweight case Now Im excited to get it running This is such a big help Thank You Thank You Thank You

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    Years ago, people put a piece of rubber or vinyl or whatever tubing over the friction wheel to give it some grip. I don't know whether that fell out of favor or not. But I never read anything negative about it when I was on those discussion lists back in the late '90s.

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    Sandy,

    FW case latches can be purchased. Don't ruin a good Kenmore case just get the latches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCow333 View Post
    Years ago, people put a piece of rubber or vinyl or whatever tubing over the friction wheel to give it some grip. I don't know whether that fell out of favor or not. But I never read anything negative about it when I was on those discussion lists back in the late '90s.
    The friction pulley for that machine is still being made. So if it's hard, slick, or has a flat spot you can get a new one. They're on ebay & most online parts sites. It's for a 1/4" shaft. To prevent flat spots, when the machine isn't being used, put something behind the motor to hold the pulley away from the handwheel.....I just use a folded up scrap of fabric.

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    ah.. i see someone else got the info you needed. Kenmore's from this era are brilliant! I love them. Hope you have fun They're great machines.

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    I am new to the board and needs some help with a Kenmore 117-812 that I have received from my mother in law. I need a diagram on how to wind the bobbin. There was no manual with the machine and it needs some major TLC. Wish me luck in getting it going!

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    OK, I don't have a diagram but here's how it's done. Put a spool of thread on the spool pin to the right rear of the pillar. Bring the thread forward to the bobbin winder tension on the bed in front of the pillar making sure it's between the tension disks. Then pull the thread up to the bobbin which is on the bobbin winder shaft. Stick the thread through the little hole, or wind it around the center of the bobbin, how ever you prefer, then lift the lever underneath the bobbin winder till it locks into place.
    Turn the stop motion knob in the center of the hand wheel counter clockwise to release it, then using the foot controller start the machine. Run it till the bobbin is full. It should disengage when full.

    That's about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Sandy,

    FW case latches can be purchased. Don't ruin a good Kenmore case just get the latches.

    Joe
    I have been trying to find some FW latches and the handles. Could you tell me a good source? Thanks

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    Suzannne57,

    Some time has passed since I posted that. I'll try to find the links I used to have before the last HD failure.

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    Here's a place that lists new and OEM latches: { http://pages.suddenlink.net/joyof301s/glenn.htm }


    Joe
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