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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Kenmore 158.19802 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Kenmore 158.19802
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Date: 3/3/13 5:33 PM

Am about to take delivery of the above machine, bought on Ebay here in the UK. I would really appreciate any hints, tips, thoughts that anyone might have as not sure if I have done the right thing in buying it. My beloved Elna 5000 is on its last legs and have bought this to be a bit of a workhorse (three sofas to reupholster to start with!). Have never posted anything anywhere before so hope that I am doing this properly. Many thanks.

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Date: 3/3/13 5:54 PM

Hi Pinscushion! I have a version 1 or 2 models before yours which I purchased new in 1980. It will be a workhorse and should be able to sew almost anything. I have done all kinds of home dec sewing on mine. However, it was meant to be a home sewing machine and not meant for industrial sewing. If you are planning on using this for continual heavy duty sewing, you might find it has limits and I would be concerned about it holding up long term.

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Date: 3/4/13 3:52 AM

Thanks Marie 367 - this is really helpful and great to hear that you have used it for home dec sewing. Apparently it is 33 years old so I will treat it with the consideration it deserves and not work it into the ground! I think I will have to get a more up-to-date machine to do things like buttonholes but don't have time at the moment to research this properly as machines seem to have changed dramatically since I have had the Elna. Kenmore are not a brand that is known in the UK so if anyone knows of a site where I can get more information I would be very grateful.

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Date: 3/4/13 9:28 AM

Does your machine have 4 step buttonhole? It should being the years it was manufacture. I use that all the time & really like it with my Kenmore 24 stitch. All you need is a buttonhole foot ... or if it is a big buttonhole you mark it off yourself & sew it. ....Did you get a manual with your sm? It should show it in there. ..... Congrats on your new sm. And you are posting just fine, your ideas & thoughts are coming across swell.
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Date: 3/4/13 10:01 AM

The old Kenmores sew very well, and I have been impressed by the stitching on heavy or multilayers although you may have to use a humpjump on some of the intersecting seams. The one I have is an earlier model but it is still a workhorse. Some of the later Kenmore models of these manufacture did have some tension issues so do some tests.

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Date: 3/4/13 10:46 AM

If it has the buttonholer attachment with it, it will make the best buttonholes ever. I am working on a blouse with buttonholes. I will get the old girl out to do the buttonholes-the Janome 6600 will do a nice job but nothing beats the old Kenmore.
Did you check the Kenmore site? They still have some manuals and info on there for some of the older sms. I wondered about Kenmore being sold in the UK.

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Date: 3/4/13 1:12 PM

Thank you so much everyone - this is all so helpful (and encouraging). Machine hasn't arrived yet but is on its way by courier. Slightly nervous to hear there may be tension issues as that has always been a bit of a bugbear of mine but thank you for the advance warning! It seems to come with lots of "extras" including a buttonholer attachment so good to hear that you rate it so highly Marie367. Kenmore aren't sold in the UK, this is an American machine which comes with a voltage adaptor. I didn't realise there was a Kenmore site so will Google that. Again, thanks for all input - just need the machine now.

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Date: 3/4/13 1:25 PM

Oh maybe it has monogrammer too. Those are on Ebay fairly often it yours does not have one & you want it. How exciting for you.
Sew Classic has info on older Kenmore too for free. She will answer questions also via e-mail.
Yahoo Kenmore is a group also. I do not belong to it but I know many here do. Might be helpful. ....
Maybe post a photo when she arrives...........

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Date: 3/5/13 3:22 PM

Oh dear - machine delivered today, swathed in yards of bubblewrap but when I finally managed to unwrap it ... it has been dropped and the metal on the lid is all twisted and has come away in the top right hand corner - iI promise I am not being picky. I knew I shouldn't have read the "Another damaged machine from Ebay" thread - talk about tempting fate! Have reported it to the lady I bought it from and she is dealing with the courier but in the meantime I can't touch it, v. frustrating.

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