Semi OT question about sewing machine manuals

Hi,
My son inherrited a Kenmore 148.1203 machine (it is quite old) but the instruction manual that came with it is in French :( The only place I have been able to find online wants money. Does anyone know anything about this machine? Like say how to wind a bobbin, or insert it lol. It would be nice to figure out the correct way to straight and zigzag stitch too. The other stiches are probably too advanced for him anyhow. Silly french manual TIA
Carissa
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Carissa
Hi Carissa, there are online language translators that may translate it for you. You type in the text, pick the language and cross your fingers that it works.
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Wendy in NSW
Hi,
My son inherrited a Kenmore 148.1203 machine (it is quite old) but the instruction manual that came with it is in French :( The only place I have been able to find online wants money. Does anyone know anything about this machine? Like say how to wind a bobbin, or insert it lol. It would be nice to figure out the correct way to straight and zigzag stitch too. The other stiches are probably too advanced for him anyhow. Silly french manual TIA
Carissa
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Lotsoflavender
instruction manual that came with it is in French :( The only place I have been able to find online wants money. Does anyone know anything about this machine? Like say how to wind a bobbin, or insert it lol. It would be nice to figure out the correct way to straight and zigzag stitch too. The other stiches are probably too advanced for him anyhow. Silly french manual TIA
Hi Carissa, There is a site that has threading and bobbin winding instructions for many common older machines. The page for your son's Kenmore is
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I find those translation sites are pretty lame; and just try translating something in German sometime! This ought to be enough to get the machine up and running, and I don't think it takes cams, so no fancy stitches to worry about.
Maria in NE PA
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Maria O
That is such a great threading diagram; truly clear and easy to follow. I did notice that they don't tell you which way the thread needs to be coming from the bobbin (probably clockwise) when the bobbin is inserted into the bobbin case. If you are holding the bobbin case with the opening facing away from you and the 'finger' of the case pointing up; you want the thread on the bobbin coming over the top of the bobbin and off to the right (which is clockwise). I didn't go to manual writing school and don't necessarily know that this is how it should work with your Kenmore - if it doesn't work, it's easy enough to try counter-clockwise. Please report back and let us know how it goes; we'll figure it out with you. Polly
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Polly Esther
I believe on my old Kenmore, to wind the bobbin, I had to loosen the hand wheel. The inner part turns and loosens. I also know that I couldn't drop the feed dogs.
Linda PATCHogue, NY
On Thu, 09 Aug 2007 20:10:36 GMT, "Carissa" wrote:
instruction manual that came with it is in French :( The only place I have been able to find online wants money. Does anyone know anything about this machine? Like say how to wind a bobbin, or insert it lol. It would be nice to figure out the correct way to straight and zigzag stitch too. The other stiches are probably too advanced for him anyhow. Silly french manual TIA
Linda PATCHogue, NY
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WitchyStitcher
A quick hint about bobbins. When inserting the bobbin into any machine, the thread has to go through some sort of tension device. On a removable bobbin case the tension device is the flat metal piece that covers the slot you bring the thread through to the out side of the case. In any instance the thread *must* make a "U-turn" into that tension mechanism. Always. If there isn't that "U-turn" there will be no tension on the bobbin. Some machines have the bobbin turning clockwise, some counter-clockwise (or deosil and widdershins to use the old terms, )
This works on any machine with a bobbin. And I have dealt with/ sewn with many different types and brands of machines, from little Singers, to fancy computerized and several types of commercial/industrial machines including a hat binder and so on.
Maybe this bit of info will help prevent some problems.
Pati, in Phx
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Pati C.
The 148 part of the number indicates which maker actually manufactured the machine... unfortunately, I don't know what 148 translates to. But I know some folks who do: check into the yahoo group "wefixit", and ask. You may even find someone who has spare parts or spare manuals there.
Wefixit is a groups of "sewing machine shade-tree mechanics", folks who enjoy fixing old sewing machines, and some retired sewing machine repair folks. Kinda chatty group, and good people.
Kay
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Kay Lancaster
The source code 148 indicates that the machine was made by the Soryu Company. White had the contract for decades and their code was 117, Maruzen/Jaguar was 158, and Janome is 385. A few other source codes are found for sewing machines. A lot of the information on Kenmores can be found at the Yahoo group "vintagekenmoressew." I love WFI too, they're like family.
Maria in NE PA
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Maria O

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