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Jeansguy1991
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Date: 5/26/14 9:36 AM

Recently I bought a kenmore 158.960 with a buttonhole set on eBay. However, it did not include cam 1 which according to the manual is required to use the set and sew the style of zig zag I need. Does anyone happen to own or know where I can purchase this cam? I am tired of searching eBay as it appears everyone has every cam but this one.

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Date: 5/26/14 12:42 PM

I don't have one. sorry

Have you tried the various vintage Kenmore yahoo groups? Or even the general vintage sewing machine groups? They tend to be very helpful.

Based on what I've read on some of these groups, what you are looking for is not easy to find. But I'm sure it's out there and someone is sitting on one and doesn't even know what they've got.

Good luck. :)

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Date: 5/26/14 1:30 PM

Thanks. Yeah I am still in wait to join two groups. I am thinking I should've picked a different machine this part appears to be super hard to find. If anyone has one I will pay top dollar for the part number 26841

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Date: 5/26/14 1:52 PM

You could also post an ISO on Sewitsforsale yagoo group.
Lots of stuff shows up there.
Have you tried sewing machine parts online dealers?

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Date: 5/26/14 1:59 PM

That is the big huge problem with any old machine that needs a cam to just even do only the zig zag, once that cam is lost, if you can't find it, then you don't even have a zig zag. And that's not the only one like that, there are a few other good machines that need a cam even for a zig zag too.

But, since you just got a button hole set, maybe you really got another way to at least force and make some kind of a zig zag now, out of it and even with that. Did you try that?

Without a cam, I can't see how you could get any needle swing at all, but with the buttonholer on there, if that is moving the fabric side ways instead, then if you set up for a buttonhole, and you just turn the dails to start sewing, but never turn them for the end of the button hole or to do the other side of that buttonhole, that might be sewing you out a zig zag even just like that. Might be kind of small and tight if you could get that to happen, but if so, better than no zig zag at all.

Maybe just look for another old green Kenmore, ( the Goodwill Store si often a good place for that) and one a bit newer than that, more mid 70's and beyond, that at least has a built in cam stack for zig zag and a bunch of utility stitches, and then only has cams for all those extra stitches instead. And still made in Japan and made really nice. You could probably find one of those for less than $25 or $50 which might be less than the zig zag cam if you could even find one someplace.

Or get any other cam for it that would fit for any other stitch, single or double cam, and then since it's just a piece of plastic that your cam finger travels on, maybe you could file one of those down, with a file and some sandpaper, as long as it was larger in the right places, to just make a plain zig zag cam out of it- you might even be able to do that.
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Date: 5/26/14 3:22 PM

Don't forget to try shopgoodwill.com
They list lots of old sewing machines and accessories. Generally less expensive than ebay, but of course you don't get the guarantees.

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Date: 5/26/14 3:37 PM

I just came across a 70s japan made model on eBay, the 1430 where the seller showed it sewing through 8 layers of denim and it had the stitches pre built in but it was still all metal. Wish I had bought one like that but for now I will continue my search

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Date: 5/26/14 5:04 PM

I know per other discussions here that cams on ebay are frequently mislabeled.
This set was listed on an expired listing for the Kenmore in 158.960, but these (link below) currently listed cams appear to be the same ones as the expired listing... Are these right?
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Does anyone know if these green cams are the right match for this 158.960 machine? The listing just says Kenmore...

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Date: 5/26/14 6:00 PM

Everything appears to correct and it's definetely the right box, I emailed the seller and hopefully that contains cam 26841 because the pics aren't clear. Let me know if you come across anymore like this!

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Date: 5/26/14 6:26 PM

Awesome! I hope you get it! Don't forget the box may contain a three point zigzag which is better than nothing... and preferred by some people.

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