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Kenmore Elite 19233
Not sure if I like this machine.....
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Date: 4/27/11 3:31 PM

I've been searching and reading about different sewing machine brands because I thought I wanted another machine that had more stitches than my Brother CS6000i. I bought this small, lightweight machine when I needed one to take to Project Linus sewing groups. At the time, I had a Brother ULT2003D machine but it was heavy and way too big to carry around. Besides, I didn't want to take any chances with bumping it or damaging the embroidery computer.

The CS6000i is a nice machine and has 60 stitches. I also have a Brother PR1500s straight stitch only mechanical machine that sews a perfect 1/4" and has a 9" harp. I only do quilting so a larger harp was a must.

I'm not sure why I started looking for another machine when I should have been satisfied with these two but I was driving myself nuts trying to find another machine. Then a friend of mine that has this Kenmore (and has used nothing else but Kenmore's for many years) and I started asking her questions about her machine. Of course, she loves it and is perfectly happy with it. She does mostly quilting but has made her granddaughters dresses, etc.

I looked at it on Sears web, read reviews on here, and decided it was a good price for the machine. I got it yesterday (at a much reduced clearance price!!) and brought it home, set it up, and started sewing on it. It's very small compared to my other machines, which was a disappointment to me. However, it's a very quiet machine, which I do like. The stitches are not quite as good at my Brother machine's so I'm a little disappointed in that also.

Anyway, I just wondered if anyone else has this machine. I'm not sure I'm going to keep it.
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Date: 4/27/11 4:13 PM

I recently bought a full-sized Janome (5200) and it also seems very small to me!! I have a larger-harped machine and once you are used to big machines, "average" size seems tiny! But, it must be bigger than your Brother 6000i? Anyway, if you have a tiny screw-driver, tighten the bobbin tension on the bobbin case and you will probably get great stitch quality. I've had to do that with several Janome-made machines in the past. If that doesn't work, and you're still displeased, at least you know you can easily return it to Sears. I do like my Janome which is probably similar in many ways to the 19233 but it took a little getting used to. Give it a few days and tweak your bobbin tension. It's probably too loose.

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Date: 4/27/11 8:42 PM

I think I mentioned this some time last year about this machine. The features, description, accessories, ease of use, etc. are superb on this machine, not to mention how quiet it is. BUT, the stitch quality to me, was not as good as others. I'm not saying they were bad at all, because the monogramming and decorative stitches came out great. In fact, they came out really great. It just seemed the straight stitch I could never get quite up to my par, but that's just me.

I used mine for a few months until I started getting into older machines. It's been in my closet and I'm planning on selling it. I know others on this board LOVE this machine and some have had the same issue as I with it. Guess it's one of those things.

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Date: 4/27/11 10:24 PM

HI. I have to jump in here as I also have this machine. I had never had one with more than a few decorative stitches, and I must say, I really love it for those. But, I have to also confess, that for my everyday sewing and when it comes to doing something "heavy" like purses, etc. I use my Singer 201 mostly. But, do try what another poster suggested about tightening the bobbin tension and see if that helps the look of your stitches before you give up on the Kenmore. I think I just happen to love the vintage machines best because they were so well made and are still around after all these years of sewing; kinda like me!

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Date: 4/27/11 11:28 PM

I had this machine and really liked it. I liked it enough that I went out and got another computerized machine with more stitches and more features. I sold the 19233 to a good friend who loves it (we are still good friends). I really like Janomes and Kenmores though, so I guess everyone to his/her own taste!

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Date: 4/28/11 0:34 AM

I have this machine also and quite like it. I do appreciate the comment on the bobbin tension, though. (Actually, I think it was Muffet's review that encouraged me to purchase it). I like the fact that it can do so many things that a more expensive machine would do. However, I'm not a quilter so what I do appreciate is its versatility for garment sewing, the alphabet and embroidery stitches.

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Date: 4/28/11 9:59 AM

Thanks for your input and I did tweak the bobbin tension a bit as suggested...however, I'm not going to keep the machine.

I love that it's very quiet but it's just not what I was hoping for. It's the same size as my Brother Cs6000i and I was hoping it would have been a bit larger.

I've thought about it and really can't justify keeping this machine. I shouldn't have bought it without thinking it through better. I mainly use my Brother Nouvelle 1500 for all my quilting and if I need any decorative stitches for anything, I can use my CS6000i. I made the mistake of selling my Brother ULT2003D machine a couple months ago and now I'm missing it. Live and learn.

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Date: 5/1/11 8:18 PM

I just got a brother pc3000 after having many janome and kenmore sewing machines. I love, love, love my vintage kenmores. i have 2 that are metal, 1 has cams. One for home and one for work. I have a computerized kenmore which is made by janome that was made in the 90's. I like its stitches. Then i have 2 mechanical 4052's. one for home and one for work. I feel like they can tear through anything. Then i got another mechanical janome that i just didnt like the feel of. I also got a hello kitty where i didnt like the straight stitch, it slants a tiny bit. I learned to live with the slanting, thinking that is the way new machines do the stitch. It's not the tension and it sews in a straight line, but the individual stitch has a slant to it.

Then i got this brother 2 weeks ago, and I am in love. It is the straightest stitch i have had since my vintage machines. It is a computerized machine and it does have more perks than any other machine i have. But i do love the straight stitch. Now i dont think that the decorative stitches are any better than my computerized kenmore.

I feel like i am starting to head over to brother. But i really dont need anymore.

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