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Date: 4/19/12 11:43 AM

I bought a Kenmore 158.19412 at a thrift store for $20. I found a free online manual for it and after oiling, it works great. Is there a buttonholer available for this machine? If so, does anyone know where I could purchase it? I have a Pfaff that does buttonholes but they are not very nice looking and I think the Kenmore would do a better job if I could find a buttonhole attachment.

I love this machine. I make gear and toys for dogs, sewing through multiple layers of webbing and heavy fabric. This machine does a very nice looking job on anything I have tried it on.

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Date: 4/19/12 4:38 PM

There should be a buttonholer. I have the 158.1913 which is similar. I've seen the buttonholers on eBay and shop goodwill.com. There's one there now but appears to be missing parts.

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Date: 4/19/12 5:20 PM

There definitely is a buttonholer, but you need to make sure you get one with all the parts. Particularly, on this model (and other free arms like it), you need to have the buttonhole plate converter that will fit on the front part of the free arm part that comes off the machine. Here is an example:

Kenmore Buttonhole Accessory

Scroll down and the second picture shows the buttonholer, the slide plate converter and the templates. Although this comes with pattern cams that you don't need, $9.99 isn't a bad deal for the buttonhole part.

I hope this helps. The 1941 is a superb machine.

Jim

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Date: 4/19/12 10:59 PM

Thanks for the info. I'll keep my eyes opens, maybe I'll be lucky and find one.

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Date: 5/5/12 10:26 PM

I just picked up this same model at the Goodwill today. You're right, this machine is a workhorse. Where did you find the free manual? I have been searching but can't find one that I can download for free.

TIA

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Date: 5/6/12 8:52 AM

You got a great machine at a great price! Is it a super high shank? My 17860 is a super high presser foot. I bought it in 1980 with all the feet I could get. The buttonholer is the best! Make sure you get all the parts--mine needed a a darning plate, a guide plate, the buttonholer, the buttonhole foot and the templates. It is simple to use and makes perfect buttonholes! You might find that it does not do well with knits, at least mine has never done very well even with the right needle and every adjustment I could make. I failed to buy the even-feeding foot (walking foot) which might have helped. I never thought I needed it and now I wish I had. Oil it, clean it and it will purr!

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Date: 6/14/12 12:28 PM

I just bought a Kenmore 158.19412 as well at Goodwill for $25. Works great but I can't find the manual online free. Could you give the me the site you used. Thank you. Also I am trying to find a foot for it. Part 42064 so I can use the zig zag stitch any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 6/27/12 10:43 AM

I hope this isn't too late to answer your question. Yes, there is a buttonholer for this machine. It's in two parts. This machine is a convertible from a flatbed to a free arm, and back again. There is a metal cover plate on the front of the convertible part of the bed that is removable. Part of the buttonholer fits in that space. There is a mechanism on the underside with a lever that engages something that moves under the needle plate, but not the bobbin. On the upperside is a small gear that turns with each revolution of the 19412. I haven't ever seen that part for sale. The second part isn't uncommon, and I think there are 2 on Etsy right now. It's a plate that fits under the presser foot, screws into the hole behind the presser foot, and holds a thick, rigid plastic template directly over the gear in the other part. My bride and I bought ours the summer before we married, and the buttonholer was either part of the package, or an add on we wanted, I don't remember. I hope you can find what you're looking for, and I think eBay, and Etsy are the best places to look.

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