Two new (old) Kenmores!

Old 07-09-2015, 02:44 PM
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Default Two new (old) Kenmores!

These were half-price at Goodwill. The first is a model 158.??? I took it to a friend's house and didn't write down the model number.

[ATTACH=CONFIG]524700[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]524701[/ATTACH] This one came without a power cord and foot pedal, so I won't be able to test it until I get them. No attachments or manual.

This is the big prize, though - I'd been waiting for it to go to half-price and I got lucky!

[ATTACH=CONFIG]524702[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]524703[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]524704[/ATTACH] This one has a power cord and a knee lift attached to what looks like a foot pedal. No attachments or manual with this one, either. I want to try out my Necchi Supernova before I mess with these, but I can't wait! Wish I wasn't going to the shore this weekend...did I just say that?? I will be taking my Featherweight along!!

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Old 07-09-2015, 04:36 PM
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both are nice - but that second one - I really like the looks of that one!
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Nice finds! I like both. The 2nd one is interesting. A White source code but it looks like it's Japanese. I'm wondering if Sears was still contracted to White when White started buying their machines from Japan instead of making them here.
Neat machine regardless.
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:57 PM
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I have one like the first picture, and it weighs about 60#, and runs so smooth. It sews pretty good, but I wish it had /\/\/\/\ feed dogs instead of XXXX feed dogs. It just doesn't feed as well as I'd like. The woman who had it before me sewed for a living, and it's a heavy duty, indestructable machine.
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What a good find and a timely one as I was wondering whether this greenish Kenmore was the same as the pinkish Kenmore that is for sale near me. Now I know they are different model numbers.
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Nice finds! I like both. The 2nd one is interesting. A White source code but it looks like it's Japanese. I'm wondering if Sears was still contracted to White when White started buying their machines from Japan instead of making them here.
Neat machine regardless.
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If I remember this one right it was the first machine White bought from another maker. But not Japanese.
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Old 07-09-2015, 09:26 PM
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Those are good looking machines. Did they both come in cabinets?
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Old 07-10-2015, 03:17 AM
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I have a 117.740 (the green one) in the same cabinet. I can send you scans of old Sears catalog pages from the 1950's selling that machine. Pretty cool. I also have the owner's manual for the 841 which is essentially the same machine. (that's probably the pinkish one Quincunx was speaking of - I have that one too!!) They were both made by Gritzner Kaiser in W. Germany. They were Sears' first zig zag machines. Please PM me if you want to know more.

The 841 (my avatar) is my main machine, I do my FMQ on the 740.

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Old 07-10-2015, 05:05 AM
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Nice!! I like that second one a lot, too, I can see why you were waiting for it to go on sale!

I have one similar to the first one, and it's such a tank. I love it.
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I have a "White" branded machine like the second one only its a John Deere green. It's a very strong and quiet machine.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:47 PM
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Can't wait to get to work on them, but sadly, I have to spend a few more days at the beach, eating fresh seafood and drinking Mai Tai's! I found a really nice quilt shop today (Ocean Shores, WA) and will be going back tomorrow to buy beach fabric! And yes, QuiltsRfun, both came in cabinets. I am swamped with cabinets!
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