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I bought a Kenmore 385 all metal machine yesterday for $25.00.  The machine was used only a few times so is in mint condition.  I bought it from my cousin and she didn't keep the manual. Can you imagine anyone throwing their manual away. I ordered one online today.  I bought it to give to a friend who wants to learn how to sew and didn't have a machine. (She will be one of my new students)  I posted it in my pictures. I tried posting it on my blog but it filled the page and I didn't have anywhere to type.  I cleaned and oiled it and tried out all the stitches. Works perfect.  I have a Kenmore that is 33 yrs old.  I still use it frequently for alterations. If anyone has a 385 like the one I bought, I would like to hear what you think of it.  

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Comment by Marlene Duffy on January 15, 2012 at 9:47am

Its really hard to find the model numbers on them , I had to  go by what the manual said .From the sound of things Irene your cousin didnt sew much . You,re really lucky to get a buy like that

Comment by Gayle/La. on January 14, 2012 at 5:09pm

I still have my original machine that my hubbby got me when we were newly weds. I got it in 1967, from Sears, a Kenmore that works with "cams" for the fancy stitches.  I took it to a repair shop about a year ago to be serviced and they drowned it with oil.  He told me that the cams were not turning so he had to put extra oil in there to free them up. Almost a year and itt has finally stopped dripping the oil.

Comment by Terry F on January 14, 2012 at 3:38pm

I started out on my grandmother's Kenmore, and have owned a couple since then, all purchased used.  Never had one quit on me.  Your friend should enjoy it.

Comment by Irene Gallway on January 14, 2012 at 3:23pm

Hi ladies,  the Kemore I bought is a 385.1278191.  I had to check the label on the back of it for this information. I downloaded the maual I bought yesterday. So it's oiled and lint free and ready for pick up. I just talked to my cousin and aked her how old the machine is and she said she bought it in 1991 after her house burned. So it's 21 years old and looks like it just came out of the box. 

Comment by Lavonna/KY on January 14, 2012 at 1:24pm

I have a Kenmore 385.19606, according to my manual, and I love it!  I've had it for several years, and it's required nothing more than cleaning the lint from under the bobbin holder, and changing needles.  What a great buy you made.  Congratulations to you and your friend!

Comment by Marlene Duffy on January 14, 2012 at 7:08am

What a great buy Irene !! I have a Kenmore that I bought new at least 12 years ago & I love it . Like you my old Singer bit the dust & I bought the Kenmore to replace it . Mine is a Kenmore 385.17624 or at least thats what the manual says . I cant imagine anyone not keeping the manual . I still refer to mine once in awhile .

Comment by Pam/NY on January 14, 2012 at 5:42am

I would buy the $100 machine...beat the heck out of it and sell it for $10 in a garage sale and buy a new one! You can't beat them for a starter basic machine. I think some people over buy and then never use their machines cause they a intimidated.

Comment by Irene Gallway on January 13, 2012 at 7:36pm

I agree Pam about the Kenmore being a work horse.  Is yours the all metal one?  Mine is a Sears Best model I got it in 1978 when my Singer bit the dust. Actually it will be 34 years old this year.

 

Comment by Pam/NY on January 13, 2012 at 6:49pm
I have a Kenmore that I love...it is a work horse for heavy duty sewing. You got a great buy and lucky lady to get it!

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