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Message Board > Sewing Machines > RIP my Kenmore 19150 dated about 1994 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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RIP my Kenmore 19150 dated about 1994
My machine quit will not come back on.
Linda E.
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Date: 9/10/09 7:44 PM

My Kenmre 385-19150 quit in the middle doing a bobbin.
It just shut off and will not come back on. I purchased a new power cord just to verify that it wasn't the power cord. Well it is not the power cord it will not come one with the new cord.

I am thinking it may be the mother board and I believe that will cost more than a new kenmore.

I do have a couple of backup machines a Pfaff 7570 which I have set up and am now using. I also have a Babylock Esante which is one of the older models that really only does small embroidery and I really don't do that much anymore.

Does anyone else have experience with these machine quitting like this and what do you think the mother board would cost if that is the problem.



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Date: 9/10/09 9:41 PM

Linda, take it to Howard at BSI. That machine is too nice not to have fixed. I wouldn't think a motherboard would be too bad (if that 's what it is). Hope to see you Sat.

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Date: 9/21/09 5:04 PM

I have a Kenmore machine, although a different model. I took mine in for a repair at my local Sears; a week later when I went to pick it up, I was told it was irreparable and I got a brand new machine that very day! It was still under their 25 year warranty. So, if you're the original owner, you might want to go that route. I didn't have the receipt or anything to prove it was me.

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Date: 9/21/09 6:01 PM

That is just amazing!!!!!!

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Date: 9/21/09 6:02 PM

P.S. -- What model did you get? How do you like it?

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Date: 9/23/09 4:06 AM

Hi Linda,
I had a Singer Athena from the 70's. I believe it was Singer's first computerized machine. I picked it up at a thrift shop a few years back for $20. Had everything with it. How could I pass up that deal. I never really sewed with it, would just turn it on every now and then and play with the decorative stitches. One day I turned it on and nothing, it didn't even power on. I thought oh well, it was only $20. I left it sitting on the table forgetting to turn it off. Got busy with doing something else, returned to the machine to pack it up and the machine had powered up. Turned it off again and back on, it came on again. I gave this machine to my 11 year old GD, she plays with it. It is still working fine. Cannot explain it. Maybe it was just having a bad machine day, feeling a little under the weather. With your machine, I would clean the plug connectors, on the machine and connectors that go into the machine and wall. Use alcohol with Qtips. When I worked in the dental office, our credit card machine would act up. I would use a paper towel dampened with alcohol. Place a credit card into the fold of the paper towel and swipe the machine. This would demagnetize the machine. Also, try plugging it into a different outlet. Outlet could be bad.

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Date: 9/23/09 8:25 AM

Thanks Cheryl for the information.. I puchased a second power cord to see if that was the problem it still would not work. I then took it to a sewing machine repair man he tested it and checked it out and believes it is the transformer or maybe the motherboard. The cost of repairs were over 200 dollars for either problem I have since purchase a simliar one off of ebay for 200 dollars I figured I will be able to use my old one for parts if the need should come up. All the feet for both are interchangeable. Thanks everyone for the information.

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Date: 9/23/09 8:28 AM

Stephanie that is amazing.. maybe I will take it in. I am not sure if they will tell me in is not repairable and I might end up with a high cost of repair.

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Date: 9/25/09 4:46 PM

Does the machine have a motor? I have burned out two foot pedals and three motors in the 30 years I have had my machine.

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Date: 9/25/09 8:09 PM

Could you tell them that you are willing to pay the $50 or whatever the cost of a service is for them to inspect it to determine the problem, but that you will need a call with the exact cost of repair before you authorize repairs. Don't tell them you are hoping for it to be non-repairable, just tell them you need the cost before they fix it. That is reasonable--I always do that w/anything from my sewing machine to my van. So that way, you can just say "no thanks" if they call back with a high repair cost. But maybe it will be your lucky day!

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