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Topic: I was given a Kenmore 1525 by the boyfriend's mom - how do I take care of it?  (Read 4650 times)
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« on: May 31, 2008 11:35:44 AM »

Hi there everyone! This is my first post in the sewing machine boards since the last machine I had was a $20 plastic one that couldn't really do much of anything shy of sewing a straight line (and sometimes it couldn't even do that well).

Anyway, I was given a Kenmore 1525 Zig-Zag Machine by my boyfriend's mom (best present EVER) and I really do NOT want to mess it up as I have broken other machines in the past. I realize that a lot of the reason why I broke other machines is because I was an impatient child, but I also realize that a lot of it was because I just didn't know what I was doing.

So, I'm wondering if there are other Kenmore 1525 owners out there who can give me tips on keeping the machine in good working order or if there are things that I should know about sewing machines in general to keep mine in tiptop shape (well, as tiptop as a machine made about 30+ years ago can be!).

Also, I am really, really new at this whole sewing machine thing since I just use the straight, "regular" stitch...can anyone give me any tips on how to venture into the world of stitches that aren't a straight line? I sew mostly t-shirt (is that called "jersey"?) material because I resize a lot of t-shirts, but I also do some denim patching and little repairs like that.

Thank you so much for any help you can give me in advance! I really don't want to mess this one up; in fact, I hope to someday join the ranks of the people who make things with patterns in the Clothing boards...*eyes shine with admiration*..."I wanna be the very best like no one ever waaaaassss"...okay, I'll stop now. Thank you! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2008 02:42:35 AM »

Have you got a instruction manual/book for it? It is well worth having a look through one to check on basic maintenance advice they give.
Does your boyfriends mother sew a lot? If she does she may be happy to give you a few lessons on the machine. If not, ask around as many churches and community centres have sewing groups and I am sure one(or all Wink) of the ladies would be thrilled to check the machine and run through the basics with you.
Get yourself a piece of woven (non stretchy) material and try out all the new stitches or those you are unfamiliar with. Remember to check the needle is out of the cloth before changing stitches! Then move on to trying them on scraps of stretchy material.
Always test the stitch and fabric and thread combination on a scrap of fabric before you sew! That way you dont mess up your project Wink - even those of us who have been sewing for years get cught sometimes on that one!!!
replace the needle regularly and sew with the correct needle for the fabric you are working on.
The basics of maintenance (that I can think of right now) involve:
Keep the machine clean - especially around the feed dogs and in the bobbin holder as a lot of Fluff builds up there. A little brush is very useful to wipe out lint and dust.
Oil the machine if neccesary according to instructions
The machine should be serviced by a machine specialist every few years (mine go in every year) and if there is a sewing machine shop nearby I would suggest going there to find out about giving the machine a clean an service and at the same time you can get advice.

Im sure you are going to have heaps of fun using it.

This link has a good guide to the basics: http://www.sewnews.com/resources/library/0704machine/
« Last Edit: June 01, 2008 02:44:07 AM by kiewiet » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008 08:41:38 AM »

Sticky at the top Cheesy

Congratulations! A 30+ year old Kenmore is likely a Singer on the inside, a good model too before Singer sold out & started producing crappy cheap machines. If you can't find Kenmore specific stuff you might find the appropriate other-brand information that works.
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011 03:58:43 PM »

Sew many years later....I ask a question. My sister-in-law is selling her Kenmore 1525 for $45 at a rummage. Should lI buy it? How do you like yours this many years later??? THanks!
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