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Topic: I think trhis is a 60's Kenmore machine, One of the generics mfg in Japan  (Read 2169 times)
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2009 03:16:41 PM »

I'm pretty sure that Craftster has got SOMEONE who can ID that machine and its cam requirements...and usually Sew Classic is the one! Sew Classic claims that she is still learning, but I've seen her produce information on machines that no one else knows anything about.....

You might even try asking at www.patternreview.c om. There are a lot of craftsters who check their articles regularly. Here's a thread from there kind of in the same vein http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/43076

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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2009 04:08:35 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion.  I actually checked Pattern Review before I posted on Craftster.  I truly have posted to every place I can think of.  Even joined the 2 Yahoo vintage Kenmore sewing machine groups!!  lol...I am turning over those rocks like crazy.  The only nibble I got was the one that referred me to OU Drama dpt.  I left an e-mail for the person I was referred to, but it is a week-end and she is surely not at work.  Maybe she will get back to me next week.

I will keep trying, but I am nothing but frustrated at this point.  It dones't Really matter, now it's just the fact that no-one seems to know!!

There must be more than one of these little machines out there!!

This is getting so frustrating, I think I need to just leave it alone for abit.  It is not worth the frustration .. she is a sweet little machine, humms when she runs!!  I like her, and I will just play with her until I figure her out.  I will just keep trying until I figure out the right attachments/cams.  It will be an adventure!!

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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2009 08:29:28 PM »


The reason we thought it was a Kenmore is because on the front lip it is stamped in yellow paint "Kenmore #SW 3_2...not sure what the middle number is maybe another 2.  Beside that the ingraved # is JZ 51426  Under the machine molded into the metal is a large GNS.  Other than that there is a decal that says City of Los Angeles Building and Safety Department. Nothing else that might hint at her place of manufacture.

There are two screws that were obviously meant to hold a brand plate of some kind on the front to the left of the dials.  Hub. said they had never been used...screws are in place, but no sign that they had ever held anything in place.

The art deco type cabinet it came in has a stamp that says Sears Kenmore Model #5662025.

I understand why you thought it could be a Kenmore, but it is not. If it were a Kenmore of that type, the metal plate that I speak of, would be right under the lip of the bed on the side by where the operator would sit. 



This type of machine (the one in your photo) was sold under MANY different badges/brands/labels. If you really want to attempt to determine the factory from which it may have been made, the "JA" or "JC" number I mentioned in my earlier post would be your best bet.
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2009 11:30:12 PM »

Okay.  I really don't care what brand it is, I just  want to figure out what kind of 'stuff' to use with it.  From your post I can try different long shaft feet.  I am not sure I would ever even use the cams, but it would be fun to find some that fit, any ideas?  The Kenmore ones my husband bought were way too large.  They were pink, if that gives any clue.  Not even sure how to figure out how to get it to do zig zag, but that should not be too hard. 

Thanks for the input!!

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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2009 04:40:20 AM »

The type of feet you speak of are most commonly referred to as "high" shank.  It is also important to make note of the default needle position of the machine when purchasing feet (as I mentioned earlier).  With your machine set to a straight stitch- look to see it the needle is in the center or off to the side. Your pictures are sort of blurry, so I can't read the letters all that well, but it looks to have a needle position dial (L,M,R).  That would suggest a center needle machine - ie you can set it to center needle position for a straight stitch.

Also in your photos, I see a display with 0-4 on it- that's your stitch width.  The dials to either side will set and lock that into the desired position for you zz stitches.

I have a generic Japanese zigzag machine manual on pdf.  Contact me via my website with your email address and request it if you would like it.   

If you can't get it figured out, it may be worthwhile to have your local sewing tech spend a few minutes with you to show you how the knobs and dials work.  They might do it for N/C with a cleaning and tune up, or for a nominal charge if you just want 15 minutes of basic operating instruction.
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2009 02:25:38 PM »

Thank You everyone for your generosity with your time and knowledge.

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