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Early Kenmore Sewing Machine

Eastbrimfield | Posted in Sewing Machines & Sergers on

Looking for the model number of a sewing machine I have. It has elaborate artwork, with an archery target and scroll work, and comes in a dome top case. The only number I see on it is 1173985A, but all information points to the model # having a “.” in it after the first three numbers, and I see nothing with a letter… is there something else I should be looking for?


  1. CHER2000 | | #1

    Try lifting the head of the machine. I have a vintage Kenmore too and this is where I found mine. Underneath the head there should be a metal plate that clearly says model number.

  2. Glam16 | | #2

    To find it, attempt lifting the machine's head. I also own a vintage Kenmore, and I found mine in this location. Beneath the head, there should be a metal plate that prominently indicates the model number

  3. columnsmith | | #3

    I don't have good advice, but I love this! Never seen a Kenmore from that era, so cool. Hope you were able to date it by the serial number.

  4. smurf_goddess | | #4

    There is an online Facebook group devoted to Vintage Kenmore sewing machines. If you aren't able to get your questions answered, you might check there. If anything, it is fun to share with other enthusiasts. Looking at it closer, is it a toy sized machine? There might be a group dedicated to those as well.

    1. CHER2000 | | #6

      Thanks a lot for the information! I have a 1970 Sears Kenmore and would love to check out these groups.

  5. CHER2000 | | #5

    I left a detailed suggestion in another thread under sewing machines and sergers. I hope you have located the letter by now. If not, contact me here or send another thread with the question you still have unanswered and I will try to help you. I have a Sears/Kenmore from 1970 and have done quite a bit of online research. Anyway, I hope you found the letter that precedes the numbers. Mine is F175318.

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