Model #120491 KENMORE Sewing

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Model 120-491 kenmore sewing machine

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Having a sewing machine is an awesome tool to have you can make some many different things with it. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I notice your model number you provided is not complete. A suggestion I have is to go over model number and attach it to this thread below.

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Dezeray S -
March 22, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I can understand wanting an owner's manual for this vintage 1954 sewing machine.

I have given you a couple of web sites for the manual on this model since we no longer stock this part.

Manual .

manual .

The bobbin for this machine is part number: 45785 and you can order it from: Sears Parts Direct .

You could also get the bobbins for a Singer model 221 at a local Singer service center or fabric store and it is the same bobbin.

I believe the needles are the same as a normal sewing machine. They should be 1 17/32 long.

I hope this will help.

Please let me know if the standard needles work for this machine.

Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
March 23, 2011
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How do I thread this bad boy. I am so beyond frustrated with it right now. Also the bobbin wont wind. Everything runs and spins but the bobbin. I wound the bobbin on another machine. Now if I could thread the machine I would be so happy. A friend wants this machine before Christmas, so I am running out of time. Any suggestions

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Annie -
December 22, 2011
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Thank you for the update and I am sorry that this machine has you so frustrated. Either the bobbin is not being driven by the bobbin winder spindle or the rubber tire that drives the spindle is broken or worn out under the top cover. It may need replacing. As far as threading the machine from the face picture I found that this is a side shuttle machine. Make sure you have the flat part of the needle facing to the right when you install it. From the thread spool to left through the thread guide on the top down and there the discs on the tension assembly and through the take up spring then up to and through the take up lever and then down through the thread guide and then to the needle. I have found a manual that you can purchase on line with SEWUSA and I will give you the link below. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
December 23, 2011
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I have the Kenmore Sewing Machine #120-491, I don't know how to use the attachments (feet) that came with it. I bought it in 1995 - not able to understand how a ruffle attachment works or any of the others, except for the straight stiche, can you help. Thank you kindly, Alba

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Anonymous -
December 01, 2012
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Thank you for your request for how to use the attachments for the sewing machine. I will give you a set of instructions for the ruffler and you should be able to check on line for the other attachments. Some of these may be bias makers and different styles and widths of hemming attachments. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
December 03, 2012
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I have found this machine for sale and am considering buying it. I would like to use it for FMQ. As I understand the throat is 8,5 inches. Is that correct? Also can you find needles and bobbins at the fabric store or do they have to be specially ordered? Would this be a good machine for FMQ? Any thoughts or comments are welcome. Sherri

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Sherri -
July 25, 2014
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Is there a manual for this Kenmore sewing machine?

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Having the owners manual is important to have. I found some information for you that I am hoping will help you out. I am adding the link below to help you with your question while you wait for your expert response. It may take 24-48 hours. i do hope that this will help you.

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Marc H -
July 05, 2012
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Marc: thanks, I'm familiar with that seller, but after giving the machine free, buying some feet, bobbins etc, I can't afford to paid for the compleat manual, if I can find the rest of the pages, I will just send the ones I have, the instructor may be able to figure what is missing.

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Anonymous -
July 05, 2012
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Sorry can find should be can't.

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Anonymous -
July 05, 2012
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Thank you for submitting your question. I was unable to find an online manual for this sewing machine. The information Marc provided you is good information. I was unable to find another site that is carrying the manual. Please follow the link below to gain access to this information.

Everything I'm finding is only for purchase. I hope this helps. Thank you for choosing Manage My Life.

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Tykara -
Sears Technician
July 07, 2012
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Thank you for help to discover the year of my grandmother's Kenmore sewing machine, model #120.491. What dollar value would you place on this machine?

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A vintage sewing machine is a treasure and having as much information as possible can be helpful. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached a helpful link from a few years ago that may provide information to assist you with your question.

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Barbara H. -
December 31, 2011
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Thank you for your question on the value of the sewing machine.

It will depend on what kind of shape it is in and if there is a collector that is interested in its antique value which is a little hard to pin down.

There are a number of old sewing machine collectors and sellers of machines.

If it comes with a cabinet and it also is in good shape you may get over $100.00 from an interested buyer.

As to a value that a sewing machine sales location would put on it would be just be under $20.00. As a courtesy for purchasing a new machine. Many sewing shops would not be interested in having it.

There are a number of old sewing machine web-sites you could look at to see if they have similar machines for sale.

Some Fabric stores will buy them for decorating there stores.

I hope this will help.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
January 03, 2012
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