Kenmore date of production

Old 11-20-2013, 11:16 AM
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Hello to all,

I am new to this board. I currently own 13 Singer antique/vintage machines, all in working condition and 2 Kenmore machines, both working. I have all the data on my Singers, but can't locate any info on my 156.1281 or 156.1723. On the sites that I have accessed, the numbers go from 148. to 158. and skips over the 156.xxxx model's Any ideas as to why? Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 11-20-2013, 12:24 PM
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Rodney,

I am not familiar with a 156.xxx Kenmore. Please recheck this number. The 148. and the 158. are an indication of where Sears sourced these machines from.

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Cathy,

On the 156.181 it states made in Taiwan and on the 156.1723 it states made in Japan. I will recheck my S/N's when I get home this afternoon'

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Cathy-You were absolutely right. I forgot a lesson learned in woodworking "measure twice, cut once". I guess I can apply that logic to s/n's "look twice and write once" And the real numbers are(drum roll, please) 158 1561281 and 158.17530. Thank you so much for your help Rodney.
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Rodney,

The chart that I have on my hard drive doesn't list the 158-1561281.
It does say the 158-17530 was made from 1969 to 1970.

I don't have a link to where I got the chart. But most likely from the Sears site.

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Thanks Joe-That one is a Kenmore Ultra-Stitch 12 and is of all metal construction and is quite heavy! Rodney
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Rodney,

OK, that list I have doesn't cover all the 158 series machines. I wish it did.

The only thing I know for sure is you can check the J- A or what ever letter and "usually" determine who makes the Japanese machines.
Maruzen / Jaguar made the 158 series machines for Sears, that much I know.

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Default I also have the Kenmore Ultra Stitch 156.1281

I also have the Kenmore Ultra Stitch 12 156.1281. I looked at the same list you did. I want a walking foot but I don't know what to get because the model doesn't seem to exist.
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Hello to all,

I am new to this board. I currently own 13 Singer antique/vintage machines, all in working condition and 2 Kenmore machines, both working. I have all the data on my Singers, but can't locate any info on my 156.1281 or 156.1723. On the sites that I have accessed, the numbers go from 148. to 158. and skips over the 156.xxxx model's Any ideas as to why? Thanks in advance for any help.

Rodney
Ponchatoula, La.
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Welcome. I think if you look at post #4 Kenmore date of production that Rodney realized that it was a 158.xxxx and yes the ID list does not list a 158.1561. Perhaps your machine was made after 1980 Kenmore's numbering system leaves a lot to be desired. I did find a manual at https://www.searspartsdirect.com/man...-machine-parts which includes similar machines and are not listed in the ID pdf. It looks like they are all low shank machines.

There is a Facebook group for vintage Kenmore sewing machines. I am not a member, but perhaps someone there may have better information.https://www.facebook.com/groups/680558488716580/
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I forgot to mention that the manual that I downloaded from https://www.searspartsdirect.com/man...-machine-parts appears to have been printed in 1991.
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