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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Interchangable feet for a Kenmore ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 3/31/09 4:27 PM

I bought a Kenmore 19110 a few days ago. The machine uses snap on feet. Now, I want to buy a few extra feet like a invisible foot, ruffler and maybe a gathering foot. What other brands can I use when it comes to the snap on feet? I was at the Janome dealer today, and their snap ons looked a bit narrow. Can I use any companies snap on, or only the kenmore?

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Date: 3/31/09 4:52 PM

The Kenmore feet ARE Janome feet. HOWEVER, you need horizontal feet - i.e. feet made for a horizontal (drop in ) bobbin machine. The narrower ones are for vertical bobbin machines with a less wide max stitch width. The feet are designed to work with specific assemblages of feed dogs.

You can see a list on the Janome site of feet for a drop in machine (your machine is identical to the Heart Truth and the DC2010) and the parts numbers if you want them from your Janome dealer, and on Sears.com they identify the feet they sell as as vertical or horizontal. I have ordered feet from Sears and have bought a couple from a Janome dealer for my 115110 (same as 19110 you have).

Get some plastic horizontal machine bobbins while you are at it! All the plastic Kenmore ones fit - ditto Janome bobbins.
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Date: 3/31/09 5:52 PM

I didn't realize that the difference was in weither or not I had a vertical or horizontal machine. I'll check that out. Thanks!

I need the plastic bobbins? I have been using my metal ones with no problems, so far.

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Date: 3/31/09 6:57 PM

I buy presser feet for my Kenmore from Sew Vac Direct. I have always been happy with their service and prices. They used to have "generic" presser feet, but now it looks like they are the Janome brand. The prices still seem good though.

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Date: 3/31/09 8:12 PM

The reason to be sure to get the feet for a horizontal bobbin as Muffet posted is because some of the vertical bobbin machines don't have the 7 piece feed dog system that the horizontal machines have, plus the horizontal machines have a wide 7mm stitch that is wider than many of the verticle bobbin machines that also take snap on feet.
If you order verticle bobbin feet for a horizontal bobbin machine, the foot appears the same being it is still a snap on but it might not sit right on the feed dogs and won't be wide enough to accomodate the swing of the needle in doing wide stitches and most likely cause the needle to break by hitting the foot.

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Date: 3/31/09 9:34 PM

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I need the plastic bobbins? I have been using my metal ones with no problems, so far.


Use the plastic in your computerized machine. They don't cost much. Below I have a link to a picture and the two model numbers of bobbins which will fit.

And yes, they have feet at Sew Vac Direct - I bought some a few years back when I had the Janome Jem Gold. Usually the prices are more than Sears, but they sometimes have a few that Sears does not. I bought my Horizontal Button sew on foot there. The feet at Sears, once again, ARE JANOME FEET. They come to you when you order from Janome America with the name Sears and the Janome America return address. It used to be JAMAC, but I noticed on the feet and bobbins i just ordered that when it came it said Sears, but the address was the Janome address.

As Betakin points out, the width of the drop in machines is usually the 7 piece feed dog mechanism width, and even if some of the machines don't have the 7 piece, if they are horizontal bobbin machines, they have a bit more width than the vertical bobbin machines. I also have a Kenmore 15343 and it is a vertical bobbin machine and you can see the difference in the width of the feed dog array and the feet.

By the way, there have been many threads here about Janome and Kenmore feet, one thing is that some of the Brother feet fit the Horizontal Kenmore/Janomes. And the Janome plastic bobbin is also sold with a Brother number. Here are the numbers for Janome and (Brother): 102261103 (SA156). You can see these bobbins atSewing Machines Plus. At Sears these same bobbins cost less and use the number 6813 on the package. My local Sears usually has some needles and bobbins. No feet.
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Date: 3/31/09 9:47 PM

If your machine came with plastic bobbins, you should use the plastic ones. It has something to do with the magnet that these machines have in the bobbin assembly. The metal ones become a problem because they respond to the magnet, and the plastic ones don't. At one point, I knew what the end problem was with the metal ones, but I don't recall anymore what it was. The plastic bobbins from Kenmore are very inexpensive. It's just not worth the potential expense of a machine repair if the metal ones cause a problem, IMO.

Feet: Sears sells a set of feet for the machine if you want a whole set. As Mufffet said, the Janome and Kenmore feet are the same feet. I bought the full set of 21(?) Kenmore presser feet when I bought my machine. While I have not used all of them yet, the cost of the ones I have used would have been just a little less than what I spent on the set, and I still haven't played with all of them. Certainly, I would not have bought some of them alone, like the beading foot or the cording foot, but I've found them to be very useful, more than I would ever have expected. I'm glad I got the set when I bought my machine. If I ever buy a Janome or another Knemore that uses snap on feet, I can use these feet with it since they are interchangeable.

ETA: if you don't have a walking foot, consider getting one. That would be a very useful foot to have. Most people wonder how they managed without one once they get one and get the hang of using it. Kind of like getting a serger when you managed without one...

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Date: 4/1/09 2:23 AM

As muffett points out it is important to also use the right size plastic bobbins in your machine. And important as fictionfan states to only use plastic bobbins because the top loading bobbins have a magnetic hook.
My Brother and my Kenmore can share the same size bobbin. But Brother also sells another plastic bobbin that look very much the same and it does make a difference to purchase the proper one.

As for the Brother feet and Kenmore feet, I know that many sites advertise them as fitting both Janome and Brother. Many of the Brother machines have the 7 point feed dog system that the Janome/Kenmores have. In my case however..my Brother Innov-is Q has only a 6 point feed and some of my Kenmore feet will not fit on my Brother Innovis. I have found they also take different walking feet.

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Date: 4/1/09 7:53 AM

don't use metal bobbins.it could possibly harm your machine due to the Magnetic rotary hook .

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Date: 4/1/09 8:43 AM

Sadi, if you find a great price on a ruffler that fits this machine, do post & let us know. You can get it at Sears for about $28 but I don't need it (I want it but don't NEED it), so I was hoping to gt a better price than that. Some have mentioned getting one for much less, but when I look at the generic ones they usually say they are for either "low shank" or "high shank", and I haven't been able to figure out what shank the horizontal Kenmores have. I have the 19606 but I believe it would take the same feet as your machine.

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