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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Feet for old Kenmore? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Feet for old Kenmore?
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Date: 5/23/11 11:06 PM

I'm reading about all these different sewing machine feet. I have a Kenmore 12-stitch machine (not sure of the model number) that I bought new about 1986. I just have the feet that came with it (regular, zig zag, & zipper foot.) Do you suppose that any others are available and where would I look? I don't think the Sears where I bought it sells sewing machines any more.

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Date: 5/24/11 0:14 AM

Look for a silver or white colored sticker on the back of the sewing macine on the lower corner. If there is a sticker there the model # would be on it. Does your sewing machine have a vertical or horizontal bobbin and do you know how wide the maximum zig zag stitch is? Do you still have the manual? The model # would be on it, state the zz width and possibly parts# for accessories.

ETA: If you find the model#...be sure to state the entire # such as 385.#####
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Date: 5/24/11 8:54 AM

Quote: dove29
I'm reading about all these different sewing machine feet. I have a Kenmore 12-stitch machine (not sure of the model number) that I bought new about 1986. I just have the feet that came with it (regular, zig zag, & zipper foot.) Do you suppose that any others are available and where would I look? I don't think the Sears where I bought it sells sewing machines any more.

If it was made in 1986, it was likely made by Janome(*). If that's the case, it should take regular low-shank feet and, if the adapter is there, snap-on ones.

As bestgrammy says, check the model number. If the prefix is 385, it's a Janome unit.


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Date: 5/24/11 10:32 PM

Thanks! I found the manual #, it's 385 1278180. It has a vertical bobbin. I'm not sure how wide the maximum zig zag stitch is & the manual is probably around here somewhere. (Yeah, I know. I moved a few times since I bought this machine.)

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Date: 5/24/11 10:44 PM

Have you checked the Sears website for sewing machine feet? They have feet that fit both horizontal and vertical bobbin machines.
I think the KMart site also offers sewing machine feet for Sears Kenmore machines since the stores have merged.
Other websites that sell machines also sell feet for Janome machines. Usually the on line sites charge less for the feet than a Janome dealer would charge.

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Date: 5/24/11 11:07 PM

Any sewing machine store will sell feet that fit your model. All you have to do is determine if it is low shank, about 1inch high, or high shank almost 2 inches high. If the feet slant, it takes a slanted foot. Joanne, Hancock, maybe Walmart carries these common feet. Or just advertise on Craigs list or check out eBay. You should be able to purchase a whole bunch for 10 or 15 dollars. Also old Geiger buttonhollers will probably fit your machine, if it is too old to have those feature built in.

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Date: 5/25/11 4:01 AM

Thank you for the model #...it was the key to finding your sewing machine info at www.searspartsdirect.com. Your sm takes low shank screw-on feet for vertical bobbin sm which as others have posted you will be able to find at many places including Sears on-line, www.sewvacdirect.com, & www.sew-classic.com (NAYY)

A shank adapter may be found that fits your sm so that snap-on feet can be used with it. From experience I would suggest finding a brick & mortar store that has adapters which are returnable if one does not fit/function properly on your sm.

Info at sears parts direct states that the original foot pedal (foot control) is discontinued and "no alternate or substitute is recommended". Other PR members may know if that would be a problem if the original one needed replacement at some time.

If you would like to look it up...go to www.searspartsdirect.com; enter the entire model # in the Find It Fast box; click on GO; the next page will be the diagrams page; scroll down to the one labeled Attachment Parts; click on the words attachment parts; on the next page scroll down the full list of available accessories. There are a couple of name errors: #9 is named Start Stitch Foot...it's the Straight Stitch Foot and #11 is named Stainless Stitch Foot...it's the zig zag foot/all purpose foot. Very funny...



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Date: 5/28/11 10:09 PM

Sears online sells some for both horizontal and verticl machines.Low shank being most popular. So fits determine which parts yours will need. Also Alphasew sells some generic ones thst will fit low shank Janomes. I bought a walking foot for mine that worksgreat for $12.

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Date: 5/29/11 0:34 AM

Thanks so much! I will check that site out.
Fortunately the foot control works OK now but I suppose if it breaks I need to think about getting a new sm.

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Date: 5/29/11 1:15 AM

Check with Sewing Machines Plus, too. I've found them to have feet about $10 less than anywhere I can buy it locally.
Especially since it seems you've determined that you can probably take any low-shank foot.

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