Kenmore 158.19411

Old 12-26-2022, 11:00 AM
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Here's one that says it adapts super high to low shank

https://www.vintagesingerparts.com/c...r-to-low-shank

This is not the one I saw before, but it also may have adapted super high to low.
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Old 12-26-2022, 05:18 PM
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Just so we’re all on the same page, “Kenmore” never actually made sewing machines. Kenmore is just the Sears house brand name. They purchased their machines from other manufacturers and relabelled them.

But, the 158.xxxx machines (being sourced from Japan, when they were trying to upscale the “made in japan” label, think: Honda) are widely regarded as high quality units. They’re all a fine purchase and well worth more than 100 bucks used. The market just hasn’t caught on so they can usually be had for very little money, or in some cases, free.

I have several Kenmore’s in my fleet and a later model “ultra stitch 12” is my daily driver… even with several higher quality Singer domestics and commercial models to choose from.

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Old 12-26-2022, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by great white View Post
Just so we’re all on the same page, “Kenmore” never actually made sewing machines. Kenmore is just the Sears house brand name. They purchased their machines from other manufacturers and relabelled them.

But, the 158.xxxx machines (being sourced from Japan, when they were trying to upscale the “made in japan” label, think: Honda) are widely regarded as high quality units. They’re all a fine purchase and well worth more than 100 bucks used. The market just hasn’t caught on so they can usually be had for very little money, or in some cases, free.

I have several Kenmore’s in my fleet and a later model “ultra stitch 12” is my daily driver… even with several higher quality Singer domestics and commercial models to choose from.
I agree with the one caveat is that there are a few 158.XXXX models that used at least one plastic gear. The 158.16900 is one of those. I don't know whether a replacement gear is available but one way or another, there are so many all metal Kenmores, that I would just stay away from any with plastic in them.

One day the market will wake up to the fact that the Kenmore machines of the 158 series were the machines that Singer wished it could make but couldn't. IMO, there's nothing wrong with the 148 series either. Kenmores of that vintage were brilliant.

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Old 01-04-2023, 11:34 AM
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3d printing can produce any type of gear you want.

I print out change gears for my Atlas metal lathe and for my vertical milling machine.

They work just fine, they even quiet down the gear train quite a bit.
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Old 01-04-2023, 06:01 PM
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Don't you need a program or specs to feed into the printer to print what you need? I have a 158.15160 missing the ZZ cam and would love to have one, but if I don't have one to use for specs for a 3d print, how do I 3d print the one I need?

I'll ask Yossarian, maybe he'll know.
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Old 01-10-2023, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeJr View Post
Don't you need a program or specs to feed into the printer to print what you need? I have a 158.15160 missing the ZZ cam and would love to have one, but if I don't have one to use for specs for a 3d print, how do I 3d print the one I need?

I'll ask Yossarian, maybe he'll know.
You need to produce the item in a 3d design program, convert it to a printable format and then send it to the 3d printer.

check on thingiverse if you want a cam for a specific model. Lots of guys have already reproduced the file to print sewing cams. If one doesn't exist for your machine, you either have to make it or pay someone else to make it in a program like cad, tinkercad, sketchup, etc.
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I'll take a look and see what I can find, thanks.
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