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« on: December 22, 2008 05:15:41 PM »

Hello All!

I've been working with my grandmother's "portable" (the think weights at least 50 lbs.!) 1952 Kenmore sewing machine for a little while and it is in sore need of service. There is a wonderful repair shop in my hometown, so that will be taken care of in short order. (It needs to be tensioned, oiled, and given some general love and care. I lack the tools to
do this myself, currently.)

I am keen, however, to learn more about the machine. My grandmother in her OCD way saved absolutely every part of this machine. All the stitch cams, a pack of unopened replacement needles, the various feet attachments AND the arm attachment that allows one to easily sew curtains, and just about any style of ruffle for as many yards of fabric one can feed it. She also still had the original instruction booklet and the warranty card!

That little book, however, has told me just about everything that its 30-odd pages are going to tell me. Does anyone out there know of an alternate source of information on Kenmore brand machines? I've done a web search, but nothing in the way of more detailed mechanical information for any Kenmore machine has popped up.

I'd really like to learn more so that a) I can take good care of my grandmother's machine and continue her crafty ways and b) learn how to fix common mechanical oops-es so that I'm not CONSTANTLY having to lug that big metal "portable" behemoth downtown every time something doesn't work quite right.  And I doubt that the people at the repair shop have time to answer every single tiny question I have, given they are the only repair shop in town.

Does anyone know of a good website/book/reference for older Kenmore machines?

Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2008 05:49:51 PM »

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OldKenmoreSewingMachines/- Check out the files and links section

I am assuming that 1952 is the model number?? If so, that is only part of the model number.  I believe that if you look at the model number/serial number plate on the machine, you will find that the model number starts with a "158" prefix.  This tells you that the machine was made by Maruzen/Jaguar.

I also have a page on my blog devoted to resources for DIY sewing machine repair.

http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/11/12/resources-for-diy-sewing-machine-repair--maintenance.aspx

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