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I did it....I bought the Kenmore 1914
Took the plunge...LOL!
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Date: 10/14/10 1:22 PM

I initially passed on buying a Kenmore 1914 recently for $100 with all the accessories and manual. It was pretty much mint. Then I happened upon an old sewing machine store/service center (i posted about this in "sewing machine heaven") and they had a 1914, but it didn't have a pedal and no accessories. It worked though. When I saw it I thought, dang....that is a one nice machine. But I really wanted as next to new as I could find. So I contacted the buyer from CL again and it was still available. I pick it up in a few hours....can't wait.

None of the accessories were ever used. He said his dad bought this for his mom new in the 70's and she wasn't much of a sewer. She just did simple mending projects. The monogrammer and the buttonholer aren't even out of the plastic and the manual was barely cracked open. So I think I'm getting a good deal.

One question for you owners of this machine....I'm pretty much buying this unseen and untested. i already paid for it. The guy selling it did test to make sure the motor was okay, the reverse worked and the pattern selector did as well. My question is not so much reliability, but is there anything that goes wrong on this machine that I couldn't fix myself?
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Date: 10/14/10 1:56 PM

I won a 1914 off of ebay and it was listed in good working condition. It arrived badly damaged and I was issued a complete refund. How it could be in good working condition amazed me, it didn't have a power switch. My initial thought was to donate it to GW maybe someone would want it for parts. Then I felt the need to save this poor thing. Intrigued and knowing this is a must have sm with it's powerful motor, beautiful stitching and a 3/4" size monogramming, it made sense to rescue it.

I checked on ebay for a power switch, found one. Seller guided me with the installation of the part. I have never done any type of electrical so this was a challenge for me. Installed it, plugged it in, turned it on and it works. So, if I can do repairs to my 1914, I'm sure you can to. I also needed to replace the flip top lid, that was smashed and pieces broken off. And also replaced the hinged light compartment cover, also damaged. Right now it is sewing kinda wonky, so I need to spend time with cleaning it's inners and oiling and lubricating it and hopefully it will be a good machine to have. Don't fret, mechanicals are easy to work on,

Congratulations, I'm sure you will love your 1914.

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Date: 10/14/10 3:36 PM

I have three words for what I just picked up.....MINT MINT MINT! The entire machine is unbelievable...not a scratch and the manual doesn't have a crease or a tear. None of the accessories look used and it is in the best shape I've ever seen on a sewing machine. Glad I didn't pass this up! Can't wait to start using it tonight....reading the manual at my desk at work right now.

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Date: 10/14/10 4:53 PM

Devil ! I want that machine ! Bert

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Date: 10/14/10 5:14 PM

I knew Bert would have his panties all up in a bunch over this.

Congrats on your machine. You've really lucked out this week haven't you?!

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Date: 10/14/10 6:20 PM

I did too....i almost didn't want to post, but I was too excited not to. Sorry, Bert!

Yeah, I really lucked out....I still cannot believe the condition of this machine. Everything is seriously mint! I couldn't help myself and I brought the machine up to my office, shut the door, closed the blinds and started checking it out. EVERYTHING is there, from the feet, to the monogrammer instructions, even the monogram foot. The plastic feet are CLEAR and not yellowed like some I've seen. The instruction manual doesn't have a crease or tear whatsoever and even the cams are in their original order. The motor is so quiet....quieter than both my 1813's (one of which I think I'm going to sell). I can see how this could easily become my main portable. It was worth every single cent I paid for it, which was $100.

The guy wasn't kidding..his mom really didn't use this that much at all.

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Date: 10/14/10 8:14 PM

I will find you. Three days from Indiana. I will find you. You, rascal you ! Bert

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Date: 10/14/10 8:49 PM

MINT, MINT, MINT, doesn't sound like you will be getting your hands dirty with cleaning and fixing it. ENJOY !!!

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Date: 10/14/10 9:14 PM

LOLOLOL.....I'll be putting my 1914 on lockdown somewhere!

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Date: 10/15/10 9:01 AM

I could be in Missouri by now. Unfortunately, I have to stay home. Your safe for now Jumby.
There's one for sale in Chicago for $ 200.00. Too much and too long of a drive. One will show up one day. Hoping you're enjoying yours. Bert

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