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Date: 7/4/11 3:50 PM

My mom can't remember who made the 148 Kenmores, and my Google-fu failed miserably as most of what it found were for sale pages. The info page I found stopped at 1950 ... and I am trying to track down who made my old 148.12190 that Mom found again this spring. I tried doing a search here at PR boards, and the search function told me "No results for Kenmore 148.12190" ... I swear the search function here hates me.

So who manufactured these for Kenmore?

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I don't really make mistakes ... I create "learning opportunities"! Murphy says: The better you match the thread to the fabric, the more likely you will need to rip some stitches out! I spend more quality time with my seamripper than I like ...
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Date: 7/4/11 4:53 PM

Soryu made the 148.* models. According to the id charts in one of the Kenmore groups in Yahoo Groups, yours was made between 1972 and 1973.

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Date: 7/4/11 4:53 PM

According to wiki.answers.com

Model 1219 or 148.12190 made in 1972-73 by Kenmore at Sears. It says that most are made by Janome or White.

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Date: 7/4/11 5:10 PM

TY FrBasil. I tried Google, Bing, Yahoo, and even wikipedia trying to find this ... although the three SEs did keep pulling up a pdf/spreadsheet type chart that told me when, just never who (except erroneous ones claiming Sears itself made them).

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I don't really make mistakes ... I create "learning opportunities"! Murphy says: The better you match the thread to the fabric, the more likely you will need to rip some stitches out! I spend more quality time with my seamripper than I like ...
Yes, I DO love fabric!!
Happy owner of a band of Brothers: LX-3125, CS-770, CE5500 PRW, a PE-770 emb ... and now Kenmore 158.18032 and 148.12190
Blogging my "learning opportunites" at http://sewingmissadventure.blogspot.com/

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Date: 7/5/11 0:26 AM

My old Kenmore was 148.1422 and it said "made in Japan" on the back.

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Date: 7/6/11 0:29 AM

Quote: mastdenman
According to wiki.answers.com



Model 1219 or 148.12190 made in 1972-73 by Kenmore at Sears. It says that most are made by Janome or White.

That is incorrect. All the 148. models were manufactured by Soryu. White manufactured for Sears under the 117 manufacturers' code and Janome is 385. (the others that I know off the top of my head are 120 (NPG) and 158 (Jaguar/Maruzen))
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Date: 7/6/11 3:21 AM

I took mastdenman's comment as meaning that most Kenmore sewing machines are made by Janome or White rather than most Kenmore 148 models in particular...since it's widely known that each manufacturer is designated by their own prefix #.

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Date: 7/6/11 6:14 AM

I have a Kenmore 148.121 that I bought new from Sears in 1966 in Canada. Made in Japan by Soryu. She does straight stitch, reverse, and blind hem. She is affectionately known as the "old tank" . Reading all the good things about vintage machines on PR (thanks, Soolip), I had her recently repaired by Sears and decided she is a keeper. She still does the best piecing for quilt tops and does all the heavy duty jobs like AC covers, Windsurfer bags and sails and anything "jeans" .

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Date: 7/22/11 2:10 AM

I just recently found a Kenmore 148 serial #19372. I don't know much about this machine so I'm wondering whether it's worth taking it for a "tune up". I don't know if this machine is/was loved or if it was hated. Any feed back would be greatly appreciated:-)

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Date: 7/22/11 2:38 AM

I would go for it. My 148.1422 was well used when I got it (though somewhat cared for) I bought it for next to nothing, had it cleaned, and used it for 10 more years (in a location with no sewing machine shop, so that's 10 years without additional professional service) before it really truly hit the dust. By hitting the dust I mean that it required repairs I couldn't afford in terms of time or money. I informed the buyer of all those things, but she was tickled pink to take it off my hands, and I'm sure the 5x a year she takes it out it will probably work just fine, provided she isn't sewing anything heavier than quilting cotton.
-- Edited on 7/22/11 2:39 AM --

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