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Zeldagirl413
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Date: 12/27/13 3:49 PM

I heard they were sold to another company? I was in the market for a machine (i ended up with the singer stylist!) but ive always wanted a kenmore like my mothers. so what happened to them?
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Date: 12/27/13 4:04 PM

Kenmore is just a Sears name and their more recent machines were actually Janome.

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Date: 12/27/13 6:04 PM

Kenmore sewing machine have not been sold at Sears in a long time now - several years. We were pretty sad when they stopped selling machines.

For years - any Kenmore with the first three numbers of the machine number 385 were Janome made. Some had more touches and features though because they were built to Sears specs for huge orders and that was cost-effective.

Examples of Janome made machines: 385.19110, 385.19233, 385.15343. There are many many more.

If the number in front of the dot is 158 or 258 (were there 258s?!) then they were Japanese made as well by another company.

Kenmore were always good solid machines, and many peple treasure the ones they still have.

My first good sewing machine was a Kenmore 158.1602.

The convention is that after the 385 there are five numbers commonly used to name the machine by us users, and for the 158s there are four numbers used. There are actually several more numbers in the names as a rule.

What machine does your Mom have? How old? You can get Kenmores reasonably used, just check it out to see it works.

Happy sewing! :)

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Date: 12/27/13 8:30 PM

she has a kenmore 148.12501 :)

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Date: 12/28/13 7:22 AM

You can still get a kenmore 16221 (I think that is the model) from allbrands.com. They claim it is the last. I almost bought one simply because of that. I have a kenmore made by janome that has been my go to machine for the last ten years. A real workhorse and I love it!

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Date: 12/28/13 9:39 AM

My beloved Mother always swore by Kenmore, and when she and my father purchased a machine for me, it was a Kenmore. Later in life, my brothers purchased as a gift another type of machine for her (it was electronic!). and she liked it, but still loved that old Kenmore. One of my SIL's now has it, and I believe it is still working. My other SIL, who sews a lot, inherited the electronic machine! (I had my own SM already, and embroidery machine and serger, I didn't need yet another. But somehow I wish I had her machines too now. Oh well, you live and learn!)

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Date: 12/28/13 9:41 AM

Kenmore machines (which seem to still be Janome-made) are still sold at Sears in Canada. This has made me wonder if a) Sears Canada is just using up its stock and will eventually stop selling them, or b) Sears U.S.A. split with Janome, but Sears Canada didn't. I do hope it's b.

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Date: 12/28/13 10:04 AM

Does anyone remember what the clearance/closeout price was for the 19110 Kenmore/Janome? I remember getting a fantastic deal on it but am curious to what it was? I tried to look at some past threads because it was PR that got me motivated to buy it

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Date: 12/28/13 10:16 AM

I have a friend who picked up a mechanical Kenmore earlier this year for just about $110 at a local sewing shop. I was shocked at the low price tag--is that normal for vintage Kenmores? I used it last week, and it was a great little machine. Chugged away quite nicely!!

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Date: 12/28/13 10:21 AM

Quote: HanPanda
I was shocked at the low price tag--is that normal for vintage Kenmores?

Depends on the model...its condition...what accessories come with it...etc.
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