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KENMORE 158.1914
Need help using the monogrammer attachment
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Date: 5/14/10 11:04 AM

Does anyone out there have experience using the monogrammer attachment on this vintage machine?

I'm the proud new owner of the 1914, love it, but am having difficulty getting the monogrammer to work. I'm sure the previous owner never even used the monogrammer because it looks brand new in the package.

I suspect I don't have it set up correctly, even though I have the instructions and am trying to follow them exactly. I have the settings on what they recommend - feed dogs up, stitch length 0, stitch width 1-2.

I'm trying to monogram lycra, but the needle just stays in the same spot, piling the threads until the needle thread comes out of the needle and I have to rethread and start over. I didn't bother backing the lycra with stabilizer because I'm just trying to get the hang of things at this point, and I didn't think that would prevent the machine from monogramming.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
-- Edited on 5/14/10 11:06 AM --

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Date: 5/14/10 11:14 AM

Lycra may be another whole deal with mongramming on these old relics. Knits are notorious for slipping and sliding out of place. I think you would need some type of stabilizer underneath it.. You may think about joining the KenmoreVintage Group on Yahoo as I have done to get tips form them too.

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Date: 5/14/10 11:28 AM

Embroidery + lycra = crappy embroidery.

It's not the attachment, it's what you're trying to do with it. Towels, table napkins, handkerchiefs, bed linens is what these things were made for. Not swimwear.

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Date: 5/16/10 4:05 PM

Phooey. The main reason I bought this machine was so that I could make a monogrammed logo on the dancewear I make.

The manual has a whole section on sewing stretch fabrics and even comes with a special foot and needle for that purpose, but it doesn't say anything about monogramming them.

Oh well. I love this machine anyway and only paid $80 for it. It has all the attachments, cams, buttonholer attachment and monogrammer. It makes beautiful stitches, even on my lycra, so even if I can't get the monogrammer to work on stretchy fabric I'll be okay.

Thanks for your feedback.

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Date: 5/16/10 8:32 PM

You can always do monograms on a different fabric & sew it on the dancewear.

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Date: 5/17/10 9:49 AM

That's an idea, too. I'm leaning towards just using rhinestones to create my logo (which is just a simple letter). I'll try different things to see what looks best. Thanks for your suggestion.

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Date: 5/21/10 6:28 AM

I did it! The 1914 monogrammer works beautifully on lycra!! I just didn't have the monogrammer attachment snapped in properly. I am so happy!!

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Date: 5/21/10 7:27 AM

Oh great, I have been following your posts! How do you think it would do on denim purses monograming & handerchiefs? You said the sm is a great worker...not that I NEED another sm of course,....but .....



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Date: 5/21/10 8:48 PM

Quote: sport
I did it! The 1914 monogrammer works beautifully on lycra!! I just didn't have the monogrammer attachment snapped in properly. I am so happy!!

Great, I would not have thought it would work but these old machines I swear can do anything.

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It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. ~ Franklin D Roosevelt 1843
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Date: 5/25/10 8:13 AM

Hi, TGM. If it works on lycra, I'm sure it would work beautifully on cotton and denim. The finished monogrammed letter is a good size, 3/4 inch, and very attractive.

I am so in love with this machine. I can't believe I paid only $80, and it came with the works - machine cams, buttonholer, monogrammer. It will even do twin needle stitching and a twin needle zigzag stitch (which I really like the look of). I believe I read somewhere that the maximum width of the zigzag stitch is wider than a lot of sewing machines.

I originally purchased the Kenmore 19233 sewing/embroidery machine for $500 and returned it. The monogrammed letters were tiny, the machine ran slowly, and it struggled when going over moderately thick seams (the thread would pile up).

The vintage 1914 feels like I'm riding a cadillac. It's everything I wanted and more. I haven't yet tried out the cams but it looks like I can make lots of pretty stitches - birds, trees, flowers, ducks. Oh what fun!

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