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|Kenmore:385-17124 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About zanylady |
|Member since: 5/6/09 |
|Reviews written: 52|
|Favored by: 2 people|
|sewing machines reviewed: 52|
|Posted on:||6/11/13 12:46 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$10|
|Had this machine for:||2 weeks|
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|What zanylady likes about this machine|
I took this machine in on trade for an old Signature machine that had 3 stitches, straight, zz and blind stitch. Very user friendly. Lady said she was ready to throw this kenmore out the window.
Anyhow, it has an .8 amp motor, made in Taiwan by Janome. It weighs 18 1/2 lbs. so its not too heavy. It has 14 stitches, and 10 dual needle stitches; an automatic buttonhole maker and 10 stretch stitches. It has a horizontal thread holder much like the Singer. It has a dial for stitch selection and when you pick a stitch, it tells you what length and width to select. the 2 dials for width and length selection are at the top of the machine. The presser foot pressure adjuster is inside the end cap, next to the light bulb.
It is a free arm and the accessory case is inside the arm, which is easy to get to. Reverse is a push button. It has a drop-in bobbin, and the cover plate is plastic so you can see how much thread you have. The feet are snap on and it came with 4 feet. The manual is in English, French and Spanish and is very helpful in some areas and in some doesn't tell enough.
It sewed through everything that I tried, silk, cotton and denim, although it struggled with the 8 layers of denim. The stitch lengths are not very long (no gathering stitch here) and the widths are not very wide.
What zanylady does not like about this machine
Changing the presser foot pressure is a PITA. The lever is hard to move and you have to be careful not to touch the bulb.
You really have to read the manual to get maximum use of it, not very intuitive.
It talks about using the drop feed but not how to drop the feed dogs.
Essentially, the designer did not use the KISS principle. Too many steps to change the stitches and the length and width are too short. Many sewers would not mind what I consider short comings and the straight stitches are quite nice.
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