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Date: 9/4/13 9:45 PM

Is this Kenmore 117.720 worth bothering with? I picked it up on an impulse for $14 in a cabinet. All the wiring on the machine needs to be replaced. I wouldn't dream of plugging it in. Everything turns smoothly and easily. The slide plate missing. It's a sturdy 40lb machine, which I imagine can sew through anything but I may take it back - not sure...

My question is whether it is a great machine to own or not in terms of usefulness?

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Date: 9/4/13 9:52 PM

Has it got rust on the right side? Wonder if it was stored in a damp location...then its insides might be rusty too. Maybe try to open it up to look inside for rust?



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Date: 9/4/13 10:09 PM

Not sure on the machine's usefulness but love the look of it! Never saw this one before.

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Date: 9/4/13 10:21 PM

I would be tempted to keep it just for how cool it looks

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Date: 9/4/13 10:29 PM

I've never seen one like this, either. I love all the angles.

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Date: 9/4/13 10:46 PM

I've been looking online for a while now at several online parts vendors and can not find any parts for it except bobbins...not a needle plate...or anything else.

Edited to add: Forgot to mention did find that it was made by White for Kenmore (Sears) in 1957. At least one site claimed this particular two-tone brown and darker brown coloring is considered rare and often wanted by collectors.

Even though sew-classic.com does not have a needle plate for a 117-720 on her online site...she always welcomes requests and will let you know if she can get the item.



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Date: 9/4/13 10:53 PM

Yes, it is very different... I like the way it looks but definitely agree with bestgrammy that parts are rare :(

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Date: 9/4/13 11:30 PM

It's as useful as any straight stitch only, low shank machine can be.
It takes a friction fitting instead of a belt, another present day oddity.

However, thinking its funky may supercede all thoughts of utility.
If you leave it threaded with white, and another threaded with black, could you justify each machine as independently useful? If you answered yes, you have full-blown SMAD.



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Date: 9/5/13 0:07 AM

Thank you for the info! I am also a devoted Sew-Classic fan :)

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Date: 9/5/13 0:11 AM

You could say I have a slight fever with impending symptoms... I walked by three today without buying, so that's good anyway!

There was a pink Dressmaker covered in rust.... So annoying!




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