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    Kenmore. 117-959

    I am going to try this again, just bought this, have manual and attachments, need motor and motor pulley. It needs a lot of work and cleaning up. Any help on parts would be greatly appreciated. I am attaching Pic's. I got this for $15.00 Cabinet and all, Granny
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    WOW! $15.00--What a deal! I've never seen a machine like that, before. Have you tried joining the Vintage Kenmore Yahoo group? I'm sure some of the members will be able to help you in your search.
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    Fifteen buck is a steal! Looks like a solid machine, and the cabinet is neat with the inner drawers like that.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    On your last picture you show the motor with a little rubber on the end - that is what drives that machine. You can get some shrink stuff at the hardware store's electrical department to go on the end of that - replace the rubber. Does the motor try to go at all??? Motors can be rebuilt if necessary. Bennett has a tutorial on rebuilding a motor. There are motor rebuild shops that can rebuild your motor if it you don't want to do it. Very mid-century modern looking machine and table. They must have been trying to get them more efficient about that time.
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    Actually, the first motor I pulled apart to clean as an experiment was off a White, and was probably built just like yours. I have plenty of pics if you are interested. It comes apart pretty easy if you like to tinker with stuff at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    On your last picture you show the motor with a little rubber on the end - that is what drives that machine. You can get some shrink stuff at the hardware store's electrical department to go on the end of that - replace the rubber. Does the motor try to go at all??? Motors can be rebuilt if necessary. Bennett has a tutorial on rebuilding a motor. There are motor rebuild shops that can rebuild your motor if it you don't want to do it. Very mid-century modern looking machine and table. They must have been trying to get them more efficient about that time.
    The motor did run, smoke came out of it so I stopped. The motor pulley is hard ans flat on one side. I know it had set up in a garage for a long time. Everything moved freely when I started it up them smoke came out, lol. I am going to try to take the motor apart and see if I can do anything with it. If I can't do anything with it I am going to take it to a shop somewhere and get it fixed. It looks like a hard working machine. There is one other person on here that has one just like this one. I seen the photo in the albums. Thanks for your help, I am going to look at the tutorial and see if I can learn anything, Granny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Actually, the first motor I pulled apart to clean as an experiment was off a White, and was probably built just like yours. I have plenty of pics if you are interested. It comes apart pretty easy if you like to tinker with stuff at all.
    I am interested, I have got to try. That is how I learn, just dive in and give it a try. Hope I can get it up and going, it looks like a real interesting machine. I think $15.00 was well spent here. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    WOW! $15.00--What a deal! I've never seen a machine like that, before. Have you tried joining the Vintage Kenmore Yahoo group? I'm sure some of the members will be able to help you in your search.
    I do belong to the Kenmore Yahoo Group, I get a lot more response from the group than I do from them,lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Fifteen buck is a steal! Looks like a solid machine, and the cabinet is neat with the inner drawers like that.
    The cabinet is so great, and it is one of those where when you raise the top it raises up the machine, so neat!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Fifteen buck is a steal! Looks like a solid machine, and the cabinet is neat with the inner drawers like that.
    I can't seem to find the tutorial on rebuilding motors. I looked in the tutorial section.
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    I have two of these! One I was given in case I wanted parts (no motor), the other works great other than (as I posted a couple of months ago here..) has a problem with the pressure foot shaft wiggling just enough so thicker fabric or layers of fabric cause the foot to move out of alignment and break needles so I really can't use it except for sewing clothing. It is a powerhouse. Also got all the books, attachments, and most accessories including 5 button holers! I would be willing to part with this stuff but you are quite far from me! I hope someone responds who is closer as you will love this quaint, HEAVY, machine once you get it going.
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    where do I find the tutorial, I have looked and can't fine it, thanks
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    Cleaning a universal sewing motor will take you to the thread I did on cleaning up a motor.

    What I can think of offhand that is different on these is that the terminal where the cord plugs in is attached to the motor housing. I cracked mine when I was pulling it apart and used a little super glue to fix it, so be careful of that. Take lots of pictures as you are pulling it apart is my best advice! Cleaning it up will probably make a ton of difference. Could just be grease and grime burning that you smell.
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    If it has been in storage, oil could of gotten in the motor. I bet it is fine. But good to check it out. I see alot of these around here but they have high prices on CL. Never seen the cabinet open. The drawers are great.

    Look forward to following your progress.
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    If you need a buttonholer, I ran across one today in a salvage shop - price will be reasonable. Buttonholer was complete with manual and templates/cams (whatever they're called). Let me know if you're interested and I can check on the price. Shipping shouldn't be too much from Kansas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyh67 View Post
    I am going to try this again, just bought this, have manual and attachments, need motor and motor pulley. It needs a lot of work and cleaning up. Any help on parts would be greatly appreciated. I am attaching Pic's. I got this for $15.00 Cabinet and all, Granny
    Super deal I think It looks pretty old,As I tell my family when I find something kinda of old It may have missed Noah and the Arc but it made it on the May Flower .LOL.I am very happy for you.

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    The cabinet alone is worth the $15 that you paid!

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    Yes the cabinet is great, I have it almost restored. It is going to look great. The machine is another story, if I can get the motor going ok then there is the issue of the bobbin. Not sure what is going on there. Well back to the drawing board. Thanks for the help.
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    New at the group! Own one exactly like yours, cabinet and all. Sadly, came without a bobbin case or bobbin in it. Have been looking for them for months now. can anybody help? congratulations! I paid way more for mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyh67 View Post
    The motor did run, smoke came out of it so I stopped. The motor pulley is hard ans flat on one side. I know it had set up in a garage for a long time. Everything moved freely when I started it up them smoke came out, lol. I am going to try to take the motor apart and see if I can do anything with it. If I can't do anything with it I am going to take it to a shop somewhere and get it fixed. It looks like a hard working machine. There is one other person on here that has one just like this one. I seen the photo in the albums. Thanks for your help, I am going to look at the tutorial and see if I can learn anything, Granny
    I missed this the first go around... when I brought my Kenmore home, the motor smoked and I stopped immediately, and called Guy Baker to get a replacement motor. This is why I love Guy Baker...he told me to run the machine and "let `er smoke...it's NOT going to catch on fire, it'll just stop if the motor's no good." , and he refused to sell me a motor until I'd done just that...after just a minute or two, the oil/dust/whatever that was smoking was gone and that motor has run like a top since then....
    So...run your machine....I'm betting that it stops smoking quickly and that you have one devil of a workhorse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I missed this the first go around... when I brought my Kenmore home, the motor smoked and I stopped immediately, and called Guy Baker to get a replacement motor. This is why I love Guy Baker...he told me to run the machine and "let `er smoke...it's NOT going to catch on fire, it'll just stop if the motor's no good." , and he refused to sell me a motor until I'd done just that...after just a minute or two, the oil/dust/whatever that was smoking was gone and that motor has run like a top since then....
    So...run your machine....I'm betting that it stops smoking quickly and that you have one devil of a workhorse!
    This is great info to keep in mind!!
    ~~Cathy~~

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