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Thread: Is This Machine Made Out of Cast Iron???

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    Is This Machine Made Out of Cast Iron???

    I found this sewing machine in my Great Aunts basement. It says Kenmore. It's model # is 117-959 and serial # is 426133.

    It is so heavy and I don't have a clue about it. It looks rusty but it is covered with dust also not too rusty at all.

    Was this used in factories or was it for personal use?

    What in the world is the knob on the end for. Tried turning it and no luck.

    Is it worth salvaging?

    Any information, personal opinions, comments I will appreciate greatly! Thanks so very much!
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    Cool machine! Hopefully someone can give you some info on it. It looks kind of spaceship like to me.

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    LOL Thanks Tartan, I think of the Rocketman when I see this. You should see an old vacuum cleaner I found down here in this basement. It looks just like the backpack the Rocketman wore and heavy too.

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    It is a badged White built for sears. The knob on the end is the clutch used to disengage the sewing mechanism while you are winding a bobbin. The machine is straight stitch only. Do you have the cord and foot controller? They can be tricky to match up to the built in plug on the machine Clean it up, give it a good oiling where metal meets metal and see what happens. I believe it is cast iron. Don't hold me to that though. Candace might pop in and have a bit more info.

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    I think it is really neat. Great find and it really looks like it was made with cast iron. Can't wait to see what everyone says about this machine.
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    Sew-Classic has the cord block and foot controllers if you don't have the original.

    I would say yes it's worth refurbishing. If for no other reason that it belonged to your great aunt.

    The hand wheel will probably rotate away from you, as in clockwise, all my White made machines do.

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    You found one of the tanks!! Clean it up and use it.

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    Thanks everyone for your help.
    No have not found the cord or foot controller yet but I've got a LOT more stuff to go through. I think knowing my great aunt that they are here somewhere as she and my grandmother never threw anything away.

    I found an ancient iron that she had saved the original box from and that's what it's been stored in all these years.

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    I have a question, why does it say Kenmore right above the light in that little metal strip there. Did Kenmore make Whites?

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    Here's where it says Kenmore maybe it only meant the light was Kenmore? Hope I do this right.

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    White made machines for many companies. The Kenmore emblem is just a badge they put on it for Sears.

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    I think White made it for Kenmore. I have a Kenmore, but it was made by Janome. I guess Sears never made any of their own machines.

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    Just use sewing machine oil and gentle persuasion. You will soo have it looking quite respectable. Easy does it. It certainly is worth saving. It is a neat machine.

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    I have seen those sewing machines also called "mixmasters". With a cleaning and oiling with sewing machine oil she (he?) should stitch fine. Was it in a case or cabinet? If I found it I would certainly try to bring it back to life.
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    Does a magnet stick to it?

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    OMG. I first learned how to sew on one of these. back in the 50's. brings back many fine memories. yes it is a kenmore from sears but was built by white. it even had the little wheel on the side to push when filling bobbins. I bet it probably weighs about 25#s. it goes into a cabinet. I wonder what happened to my mothers old kenmore. I was on top of the world when I brought my first sewing machine from my babysitting money. it was a montgomery wards with cams to do a zig zag stitch. $35 and it was top of the line (brought used, 2yr old, 1964). I agree with the rest of the comments, find the power cord and foot pedal, and oil it well. again, many happy memories. thank you
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    did some searching. this is a 1948 Kenmore 95 Rotary
    😊 wilburness 😊

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    Thanks everyone for all your help and comments. I'll try the magnet. No cabinet or case found. I suspect if it were here she would have stored it in it. Unfortunately some people carried off a lot of her stuff in her latter years before I started taking care of her before she passed away. I will update you all along and thanks so much for your suggestions, help and comments!

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    According to DH, it is cast iron and White made Kenmore machines. Sears never made the products, they retailed the products manufactured by others with the Kenmore (store brand) name on it. Now Sears has gotten away from that a lot and sells more named brand products. In our opinion, any of the vintage machines are worth restoring. It is a part of your history and family items. Good luck

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    My sister had one of these in a cabinet in her garage, her MIL bought it at a garage sale. I think it was thought that her more recent plastic sewing machine could go in the cabinet (of course not). So it sat and she finally gave it to me when she moved. A lot of Tri-flo, Howard's refinisher on the cabinet, she ran good again. I re-homed it last year since I didn't have room to keep cabinet machines but it went to a good home to be used.

    Lift up the plate and see if you have the bobbin case. They can be hard to find but Sew-Classic has the bobbins. PM me if you want a .pdf manual. I found a free one online and would sent it to you.
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