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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Kenmore 158.19410 spm? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 3/5/13 10:45 AM

Does anyone have any idea how many spm a Kenmore 1941 can sew? Google is providing no relief, and I can't find anything about how fast the machine can sew in the manual. Just an approximation would be helpful.

Thank you!!

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Date: 3/5/13 11:02 AM

Kenmore 1941 video

Nice fast machine. Most old Kenmores can whiz right along!

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Subject: Kenmore spm? Date: 3/5/13 7:33 PM

How fast does not really matter, and all machines can sew plenty fast. How much fabric actually travels under the needle and then going in behind a machine by inch per seconds or something also just depends on your stitch length you have it set for and if straight or zig zag even.

No matter how fast needle moving up and down if it's going sideways too, then fabric is moving less under the needle in same time, than if no zig zag going on instead. And the longer your stitch length on some straight stitches, the fabric would travel more inches through there in some set length of time, than if you had the smallest stitch length set up of course too. So, that is why you can't find anything, no one ever used to advertise that way, and if you think about all that, anything "spm" as in stitches per minute, it's really a pretty meaning less # for something like that.

On a old machine like that, add in even how clean it is, and if kept oiled or not probably too. but when it was new, it was just as fast sewing along as any new machines today would be too.

I guess you could just drop all feed dogs on all machines, and push any foot control to the limit, and just try to get needle to go up and down as much in a minute as possible.under your best settings to give you something like that, but that would be meaningless and kind of false too, just since then, no stitches and no fabric would not even be real stitches per minute, if you got zero stitches happening.

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Date: 3/5/13 10:17 PM

I don't think speed was a selling point for the vintage machines. Most can go pretty fast and most are pretty powerful. I am wondering why you have asked about speed? Just curious?

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Date: 3/6/13 10:28 AM

Actually, in the long view, to me speed of the vintage machines is really a selling point. Some machines just do not sew fast. By fast, I mean I want something that nips along at a good pace, should I want it to, and I can understand that question. My old Kenmore (1602, from 1971) could go along at a good clip, which was handy in curtains and long seams. Then I bought another machine which ihn its entire sewing life has a rather slow speed at the fastest. I have also found this to be true of some other machines I have had. Now, I have a Janome that speeds along should I so desire.

Any question one has is a good one, and one about how fast a machine can sew is pretty relevant! :)

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Date: 3/6/13 12:20 PM

I didn't meant that speed is not relevant. I meant that I have never seen a speed listed for vintage machines either-I don't think they were advertised that way back when they were new. My old Kenmore will zip along pretty quick if I need it to do so and will speed along over a wad of mulitiple layers of material. Modern machines manufacturers advertise speed as a selling point. We seem to think that speed equates with a sms power and strength. Advertised speed though is not the whole picture-does this mean it will do 1000 spm over a single layer of cotton or over 4 layers of denim? It depends on what we want to sew and the machines ability to handle heavier fabric depends on many factors. Even the cheapest machines sold today will seem to sew pretty fast without fabric under the feeddogs. It is a different story when you add fabric. My new Janome will buzz along pretty fast too. I haven't tested it though but I am betting my old Kenmore will still beat it on some types of fabric.
I was just wondering what the poster might want to sew at high speed? The type of fabric and number of layers will effect a sms ability to sew fast.
On another note, I hope you stay safe today-looks like the NE is getting the storm that passed over us last night.

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Date: 3/6/13 2:27 PM

:) I see what you mean, yes, and I know the old Singers were touted for their speed as Miss Fairchild has mentioned them being fast from time to time. I don't equate speed with strength, no. I hear you on that! No, my Pfaff has always been rather slow at top speed. I mean it sews along with elegance and so on, not like a speed freak, but I wanted more speed and almost all my other machine go faster.

Weather-wize - this thing is going mostly South of is - we are supposed to get the odd flurry, and at the most 1-2". I hope so for sure - I am ready for Spring!

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