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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Kenmore needles ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Do Kenmores only take Kenmore needles?
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Date: 3/8/05 8:13 PM

I am starting the search for a new machine. Just wondering if Kenmores still only take Kenmore needles. If they will take other needles, which brand? Thanks for your help.

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Date: 3/8/05 8:24 PM

I've been using Schmetz needles in my Kenmore.

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Date: 3/8/05 10:04 PM

Kenmore does use Schmetz needles with no problem. So go ahead and buy them for your machine without worry!

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BTW, I recommend Kenmore machines to my students. They ware well made and priced, and they have mostly reliable service!

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Date: 3/9/05 5:43 AM

I have a kenmore machine. I've used kenmore, schmetz, and organ needles with no problems at all. You can get Organ needles at reasonable prices from Newark Sewing Supply.
Newark Dressmaker Supply (NAYY, but I've been very pleased with their service).


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Date: 3/9/05 6:26 AM

I have a Kenmore serger and it sews well with Singer needles.

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Date: 3/9/05 6:44 AM

I was at Sears the other day and noticed that the Kenmore needles packages look very similar to the "Klassť" needles I find at the fabric store. I would guess they're the same thing and only the cardboard that holds the plastic case changes with a different brand name on it.

As other have said, I had a Kenmore and used Schmetz and other needle brands without any problems.
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Date: 3/9/05 10:18 AM

I too use Schmetz on my Kenmore. In fact, other than the needle it came with (the installed one), I haven't used the needles it came with! It's been Schmetz all the way!

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Date: 12/11/13 12:55 PM

I'm resurrecting this older conversation to ask if anyone knows about older Kenmore models and needles.

I picked up a Kenmore Model 16 zig zag machine and in the manual, it states you should use Kenmore 6021 needles. The manual shows a drawing of the 6021 needle and it states that you should use needles that fit exactly the size shown. You can lay a needle down on the drawing to measure it and see if it is longer or shorter than the Kenmore 6021 needle.

Like others in this old post, I've been using Klasse and Schmetz needles and the machine runs okay. However, both of these manufacturers needles (no matter which size 10, 12, 14, etc.) are definitely a bit longer than the picture in the manual.

I'm curious (and probably a PITA purist) and I'd like to know if performance is affected by using one of these substitute needles rather than the number 6021 stated in the manual.

Any Kenmore experts have an opinion on this?

Kippysan

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Date: 12/11/13 1:02 PM

Kenmore machines take the usual sewing machine home sewing needle size in any brand....Schmetz, Organ, Kenmore, Janome, Klasse, etc. The standard size home needle is the 15x1 HAx1 130/705H If those numbers appear somewhere on the package, and sometimes only the 15x1 HAx1 you are good to go. This applies to all domestic regular sewing machines that do not state they take a special industrial needle. Some sergers also take regular home sewing needles.

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Date: 12/11/13 1:04 PM

With many VERY old machines, you are not going to be able to get the needles on a regular basis - the old Westinghouse machines for example took proprietary needles that no one else made, and so they are to be avoided. I have no idea what this needle would look like (Kenmore 6021) so can't say, but in the long run you could hurt the machine if the needles are longer - but if there is no sound of needle hitting anything, you may be ok. :)
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