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Kenmore 1791 Owner's Manual

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Knowing parts and features
1 - 2
Setting up your machine
Electronic needle contro|, stitch selector and indicator
your machine
for correct tension
needies, needleplates
Special fabnc chart
Using the free-arm
Securing seams, top-stitching
3 ways to do basting
Zigzag sewing -- the basics
the right buttonhole
"' Regular-worked"
bound buttonholes
6- 7
Feather, elastIc and overcast stretch
stretch stitches
machine emboridery
Edgestitchlng, even feed foot
lettuce edging
and quilting
check chart
Keeping your machine clean
Ordenng replacement


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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS KNOWING YOUR MACHINE Page Page Choosing the right buttonhole Knowing parts and features 1 - 2 "' Regular-worked" buttonholing GETTING READY TO SEW Purl-edging, bound buttonholes Setting up your machine installing zippers Electronic needle contro|, stitch selector and indicator Machine-sewing buttons Winding...
  • Page 2 KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE !. Free arm :27. Nomenclature plate Top threading path 2. Free-arm cover Slotted take-up lever Power/light switch 3. Bobbin window Speed range switch 16. Top thread tension control Stitch modifier 4. Bobbin cover piate Built-in buttonhole control 5.
  • Page 3 FRONTVIEW ®®0...
  • Page 4 GETTING READY TO SEW SETrlNG UP YOUR MACHINE When you open your Kenmore carton, you'll find the basic machine, Step 1: The spool pins foot control, the instruction book you now are reading, and one box You'tl find Spool Pins (32) packed in of attachments {Accessories end ButtonholerL Set your machine on a Accassones...
  • Page 5: Electronic Needle Contro|, Stitch Selector And Indicator

    ELECTRONIC Needle stops precisely in up or down position NEEDLE CONTROL The electronic control panel contains three switches. One switch provides an electronically controlled basting or tacking to take the chore out of hand basting. The other two switches electronically control the needle to stop in either the up position for general sewing,...
  • Page 6: Winding The Bobbin

    WINDING BOBBIN A) Place thread on Spool (32) and cover with a cap (32) as shown below. To wind bobbin, draw thread from spool through Rear Thread Guides (34 and 36) and the Bobbin Winder Disc (35) as indicated below. C) Push Bobbin Winder...
  • Page 7 THREADING BOBBIN CASE A) Make sure needle is in B) Remove Bobbin Cover Drop-in bobbin Plate (4) -- just lift up the highest position (this will makes this a simple front and it slips right out. always true left sure operation needle position light is on).
  • Page 8 THREADING THE REST OF YOUR MACHINE Upper threading needle threading quick easy C) Making certain that needle in its highest position, thread from front to back. D) Holding the needle thread with the left hand, and basting button pushed, gently tap the foot control. B) Now pull thread...
  • Page 9: Checking

    THREAD STRAIGHT STITCHING CHECKING FOR CORRECT TENSION TOP STITCH THREAD TENSION: TOO TIGHT STRAIGHT STITCHING The good looking appearance of your straight stitching mainly determined by the balanced tension of the top thread "Balance" is the key and bobbin thread. The tension is well balanced when the to handsome, TOP STITCH...
  • Page 10 CHANGING YOUR SIZE 14 NEEDLE IS BASIC., NEEDLES o,. to most of your sewing, To replace NEEDLEPLATES needle: Turn hand wheel toward to raise Needle Bar (10) to highest posi- tion. Loosen Needle Clamp Screw (9) Needle choice depends with screwdriver.
  • Page 11 10 to 12 stitches you'll find them in your Shantung, Pique, Seersucker, 14-RED Polyester Synthetm per inch nearest Sears store or the Sears Satin, Knits, Vinyl, Suitings, Siik General Catalog. m the sewing Linen, Wool Crepe, Leather machine section. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,m,,,,,...
  • Page 12 STRAIGHT AND ZIGZAG SEV_NG YOUR FOOT Easy to use as an automobile accelerator{ Speed range switch Your machine has two ranges of Seated comfortably? Directly in front CONTROLS your machine? Place the Foot Control speed- a low range for slower, (46) where your foot...
  • Page 13 THE "FEED DOGS'" The Feed Dogs (42) are at work reside your machine under the Needleplate (6) creating an upward force KEEP THE FABRIC that moves fabric under presser foot. As the stitch is MOVING being set into the fabric, the feed comes up to help presser foot...
  • Page 14 SWING FOR FREE ARM This machine easily converts from a flat-bed to a free-arm SEWING machine for easy handling of awkward, hard-to-reach sewing tasks. To convert to free-arm, push Release But- ton (5), swing base up and away. With Base (44) swung away, you can ship any sleeve Tricky turtlenecks...
  • Page 15 EASY TO SET FOR Chances are, you'll use straight stitching most fre- quently. This is the basic permanent stitch that holds ALL STRAIGHT the garment together. You'll use the Straight Stitch STITCH I NG Presser Foot Straight Stitch Needteplate, course. Machine settings are detailed...
  • Page 16 MAKING It's a good idea to begin and end each seam by stitching in reverse, pressing down Reverse PERMANENT Stitch Control (23). Be sure both threads drawn back under presser foot. Stitch backwards SEAMS TRULY about _", This iscalled backtacking; it reinforces PERMANENT seams, prevents unraveling.
  • Page 17 "TEMPORARY'" !%!olonger do you need to baste by hand! Regular Besting Regular basting (above right) by machine SEWING easy -- simply straight stitching with BY MACHINE longest available length setting (6 stitches per Free Method inch). And your Kenmore has a free basting method for yew long stitches (lower...
  • Page 18 ZIGZAG STITCHING Simple zigzag stttching enables you to Simple settings m AND HOW IT do many exciting things with your Ken- for easy zigzag EXPANDS more sewing machine. Beyond basics, sewing you'll use zigzag stitching to applique, YOUR SKILLS embroider monogram.
  • Page 19 CHANGE Extra wide zigzag for heavy fab- STITCH LENGTH rics or those that fray- width at 4 AND WIDTH FOR STRENGTH ...FOR VARIETY Wide zigzag for double layers, like hemming -- set at 3 YOUR KEY CONTROL is the Stitch Width Control (21),...
  • Page 20: Blind Hemming

    BLIND HEMMING-- Here's how to set your machine: Blind hemming is a good technique to use on garments, especially on curtains and drapery hems so that stitches need not Stitch Se,ector- _ or A BASIC STITCH show on the front of the fabnc. Because your Kenmore has two Stitch Width Control...
  • Page 21: Mending Darning

    HOW TO REPAIR STRAIGHT OR 3-CORNERED T_-_AR Setting your machine Fit torn edges together closely as possible under the needle, MENDING Stitch Selector --ii;_ starting from rear of damaged Stitch Width Control -- 4 DARNING-- area. Sew slowly, making sure Stitch Length Control...
  • Page 22 OTHER USEFUL UTiLiTY AND BASIC ZIGZAG STITCHES A decorative stitch that also is good for mending knits. FAGOTING This is a popular decorative stitch {used in sleeves or Setting your machine fronts of blouses and dresses). To attach two sepa- Stitch Selector rate pieces...
  • Page 23: Interfacing

    iNTERFACING To support and shape edges and details You will use this for stiffening collars, cuffs, flaps Setting your machine m many garment areas -- fronts, hems, iapels. Stitch Selector -- il The interfacing may be any special fabric applied Stitch Width Controt-- 2 to 4...
  • Page 24: Buttonholes

    BUTTONHOLES AND FASTNERS USING YOUR Your Kenmore built-in system is the only one that can be Setting your machine used on free-arm. It is an excellent way to make button- Stitch Selector BUILT-IN Stitch Width Control _ 1 to 1_ holes on cuffs, waist bands, other tight places.
  • Page 25: Your Attachment

    USING YOUR Another important buttonhole accessory., SPECIAL Your Buttonhole Guideplate is a Kenmore "special" that guides the fabric for you, elimi- BUTTONHOLE nates the need to turn fabric by hand, enables ATTACHMENT you to make a variety of bas}c and spec_a! buttonholes.
  • Page 26: Choosing

    IT CAN BE FUN Choosing buttonhole style and size _ Keyhole buttonholes a variation of the Each buttonholing situation will be differ- above, with an enlarged opening at one end to TO TRY OUT allow more room for button shank. These ent so you will want to experiment with...
  • Page 27 "'REGULAR- Settings for round-end, keyhole, eyelet .., RELEASE Stitch Selector BUTTON WORKED" Stitch Width Control'-- i! to 1_ BUTTONHOLING Stitch Length Control -- 0 Stitch Modifier Neutral Buttonhole Foot An art by our Zigzag Needieplate . grandmothers.., Darntng Plate easy to do First, place darning plate over zigzag...
  • Page 28: Purl-Edging

    PURL-EDGING You can make a purl-edge buttonhole by sewing a wide buttonhole over a narrow stitched but- FOR THAT tonhole. Machine settings are the same as for a PROFESSIONAL round-end buttonhole. Simply choose the cor- rect size purl-edge template for your button. TOUCH be sure to adjust stitch...
  • Page 29 Home-sewn zippers can look as nice as those on ex- ZIPPERS THAT ARE pensive ready-mades. We recommend you follow rections given on zipper package. There are two basic SMOOTH-WORKING, types: conventional, and invisible. Your Zipper Foot GOOD LOOKING will assist with of these installations.
  • Page 30 MACHINE-SEWED Your settings: Stitch Selector Set Length Control at any number BUTTONS? YES-- PRESSER Width Contro! adjust to button size FOOT WiTH THiS Use Zigzag Needleptate and Darning Plate Use Clear Plastic Satin Stitch Foot KENMORE! STRAIGHT LEFT O F HOLE BU_ON Clear plastic foot...
  • Page 31: Stretch

    STRETCH AND SPECIAL STITCHES STRAIGHT STRETCH STITCHING You'll use this basic stitch often- for garment construction or anywhere else you would use a straight stitch for seaming -- p|ain, pressed-open or double-stitched, tf you want a good For seams looking top stitch on knits, use straight stretch ...
  • Page 32 So many ways to sew today's knits! You have a Your basic settings are illustrated immediately THE STRETCH wide variety of zigzag stitches_ simpiy set Stitch below. The only changes you need consider are STITCHES YOU USE Selector (22) as indicated in each "recipe"_ All variations in stitch width w as you become ex- MOST ARE BUiLT-IN...
  • Page 33 FEATHER Stitch Selector STRETCH This is a good stitch to use with laces, on lingerie, bra and girdles; and to apply bias tape. It's great when quilting. ELASTIC Stitch Selector STRETCH Use this versatile stitch to insert elastic in gar- ments.
  • Page 34: Rick-Rack

    Stitch Selector PARIS POINT Stitch Width Control -- 2 to 3 STRETCH Stitch Length Control -- 24 to 12 Excellent hemstitching table bed covers with •eiegant touch. Picot-like stitch can also be made on sheer materials, Sew along the raw edge of fabric and trim close to the outside of the stitching.
  • Page 35: Satin Stitches

    FINISHING AND PERSONAL TOUCHES SATIN STITCHES Closely-spaced zigzag stitches are called satin stitches. They lovely AS THE finishing touch to garments and {inens-- whether in simple sewing or super PROFESSIONALS decorations with any of your patterns or USE THEM embroidery designing.
  • Page 36 HERE ARE SOME Now we demonstrate variations and applications you'll want to master as you become more expert. "'SINGLE-NEEDLE" For examp(e ... DESIGNS YOU'LL LIKE TO USE Only your "fancy" We've added an embroidered touch to a bias tape at is needed right and perked-up the collerbelow with a crescent stitch, But you'll find the right placein.much of your...
  • Page 37: Narrow

    iMPROVE YOUR Want to do "narrow-hemming"? Your Kenmore special tachments (found in your Accessories & Buttonhoier box) will SKILLS WiTH help you develop these talents. You'll want to meet m and try THESE KENMORE all these aids. But first, we suggest, you get acquainted with your "adjustable...
  • Page 38 YOUR KENMORE A MOST USEFUL, VERSATILE ACCESSORY EDGESTITCHER This one attachment helps you join fabric edges.., insert lace,.. MAKES MANY do seam piping simplifies blind hemming as well as "French" seams. Slots numbered 1 to 5 serve as sewing guides, TRIMS POSSIBLE Set your machine for the stitch you want to use, Then follow...
  • Page 39: Shell Stitching

    PROBLEM FABRICS? TOO SOFT TO FINISH? HERE ARE HAPPY ENDINGS The extreme stretchiness of some soft fa brics (like jerseys and lingerie tricot) can make hemming troublesome, Here are two good answers with your Kenmore. HANDSOME This shell-stitched edge is a popular finish lingerie n_ghtgowns.
  • Page 40: Appliques

    APPLIQUES, Appliques, small pieces of fabric applied OTHER ADD-ONS decorative trim- are more popular than ever in adding interest children's wear, EASIER WITH sportswear, even dressy clothing. Select YOUR KENMORE applique to compliment the main fabric and baste it in-place, Using the satin stitch or paris point stretch stitch isee page 33), sew around raw edge Neat ways...
  • Page 41: Performance

    Then if you still need help, it's available.., call your nearest Sears Serv,ce Center. SUSPECTED PROBLEM PROBABLE CAUSE POSSIBLY EASY CORRECTION incorrect size needle, Choose correct size needle for thread and fabric.
  • Page 42 SUSPECTED PROBLEM PROBABLE CAUSE POSSIBLY EASY CORRECTION Incorrect thread tension{s), Reset thread tension(s), Light pressure on presser foot. Increase pressure on presser foot. Using two different sizes or kinds Upper thread and bobbin thread should be same of thread. size and kind. PUCKERING Sent or blunt needle.
  • Page 43 IT CLEAN want to buy the special sewing machine oil and brush available in the sewing machine department of your nearest Sears storeo A clean machine sews better... The small brush can be used to clean in and around the feed runs smoother...
  • Page 44 Then clean shuttle area with small brush HOLE and discharge lint from hole on the left wal!, Put a drop of oi! to the points indicated arrows, Don't over-oif.! (Reminder: don't use household oil,,, use sewing machine oil,) LOCKING WINGS Step 5 Replacing bobbin...
  • Page 45: Oiling Your Machine

    OILING YOUR To prevent friction and wear, oil your machine regularly. If you use the machine all day every day, oil it weekly. If it is used moderate!y, MACHINE oil it every two months. If the machine is not used for some time, oil KEEPS IT it the day before you start to sew to be sure you don't soil fabrics.
  • Page 46 REPLACING (OR ADDING) attachments accessories shown on these pages be ob- iMPORTANT A3-[ACHNIENTS tained from Sears, Roebuck Co. or Simpson-Sears Limited store service center, When ordering parts, please refer to this illust]'ated list and give the fol* lowing information to Sears: NEEDLES-...
  • Page 47 OTHER VITAL iTEMS Adjustable Holder Darning Plate art 29308) _bbin Box with Plastic Bobbins Zigzag Needleplate Straight Stitch I# 6868) !# 45747) Needleplate t# 45748) (#43166) 10 Metal(# 6862)Bobbins Bobbin Winder mo, ..r..°o, Rubber Ring 1#1939) Motor Belt 450231 Spool Pin Cap 1# 55503) Bobbin Winder...
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