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Andi247
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Date: 5/23/13 10:04 AM

I am in need of a stronger machine for denim. My current Janome beeps profanities at me and/or comes to a halt when layers get too thick--mostly just trying to hem hubby's jeans. I am currently eyeing 2 Kenmores on Craigslist for $75 ea with cabinet, but I don't really know the diff b/t the two. Can someone offer advice on these? Thank you.
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Date: 5/23/13 12:52 PM

If this is one of them, it should be quite nice. That it has all the cams and such, plus a carrying case (if you want it out of the cabinet) is a real bonus. It'll be plenty strong. There's one review here at PR.

It might need a good oiling.
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Date: 5/23/13 3:52 PM

The 1774 looks like my 1803 and it's a really nice machine. Here's a youtube video of the 1774 and another video of the 1802 for comparison. I think either one would work for what you want to do. Since they're Craigslistings, maybe you could try out both and see which you like best.

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Date: 5/23/13 5:54 PM

You could do that, but I think it would be a lot cheaper and easier to just use a little $3 Jean a mag jag piece of plastic or a piece of cardboard or fabric folded up, used more as a jig there instead. And also just make sure to iron with steam the hem, and even maybe take it out to some back porch and pound it down a bit with a hammer too.

By just the way I choose to sew, I actually can sew jean hems, and even get over the thickest of places with that thickest of flat fell side seam there, and still have perfect stitches right there, and also no thread loopies on the back or breaking needles, no matter how new or old or costly or non costly the machine. I think you still might have to do that on any Kenmores too, no matter which one, or how old or new it was. Just because I have sewn with a lot of old Kenmores, and I still choose to do it that way, on all of those too, for much better results.

Not saying you should not get the old Kenmore too at all, I think everyone needs a bunch of machines not only one, so not trying to discourage you at all on that, but just know about 80% of it right there, for that one thing, is really sewing technique instead actually.

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Date: 6/15/13 9:48 PM

Thank you very much for all the help. The YouTube videos were especially helpful. I contacted the seller of the 1802 right after receiving your advice and, go figure, after sitting on Craigslist for a month and a half it had just been sold. The seller of the 1774 never replied.

I was quite disappointed until a couple days ago when someone listed a Kenmore 1653 in IMMACULATE condition in a very nice cabinet. It came with all it's original equipment: manual, cams, cleaning kit, case, extra needles, extra belts, etc. It even still had the liitle strip stamped PASSED Japanese inspection. There's not so much as a paint scratch. All for only $50, no haggling. Once I get a chance to play with it, I will take a pic and share under Machine Finds. Again, thanks for the help.

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Date: 6/16/13 6:21 PM

FYI
117- White Sewing Machines (most USA, some models made in W. Germany)Look to see if is says Made In Germany!

120-New Process Gear (USA, a div. of Chrysler)

516-Gritzner Kaiser (West Germany)Lady Kenmore Model 89 (516.890)

158-Jaguar/Maruzen (mostly Japan, some Taiwan)

148-Soryu (Japan)

340-Necchi (Italy) EXCELLENT!!!

385-Janome (Taiwan) (Currently)

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