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Posted 6 years ago


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I have a very old Kenmore sewing machine which I am trying to identify, it is in great working order but I need to find the manual for it.

It was probably manufactured by the White Sewing Machine Company but that is about all I know.

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  1. Bernadette Bernadette, 6 years ago
    Can you find a model number on your machine? If it is a White it should start with 117-. The machine is not 'very' old, it probably dates to 1960's.
  2. Johanna, 6 years ago
    This machine looks very much like one designed by my father in the 1950's. It was manufactured by the New Process Gear Co. at their Wolf Street plant in Syracuse NY and marketed by Sears Roebuck. The one I had back then was given to my niece who donated it to the Onondaga Historical Society as an example of local industry. The machine I had was operated by a knee lever and I don't see that on yours. Wish I still had mine in memory of my Dad.
  3. Johanna, 6 years ago
    If this is my Dad's design the model # on the machine should be 120-71. In 1952 the 100,000 machine was built by New Process Gear in Syracuse.
  4. Johanna, 6 years ago
    A paper manual to purchase is available for this machine from
  5. fortheloveofvintage, 3 years ago
    Hi, its a model 49, or 120-49.
  6. jovtfam4 jovtfam4, 2 years ago
    Johanna, it looks like you aren't on this site anymore, and it's been a long time, but I just found the exact model of sewing machine your father designed in excellent condition, ( model 120-71, serial 53246 ). I bought it. I was looking up more about it, and I came to this site. Gosh, I have a sewing machine already, and I'm pretty terrible at it anyway! I just couldn't stand it being sold away at an estate sale like no one cared about it... it still had all these quilt pieces in the case.
  7. noholesyet, 2 years ago
    I don't know what it is about this Sears Kenmore 120-71 machine but I first saw it a few days ago in an online auction. Much to my chagrin, the seller would not ship it and would allow only a local pickup - even though it was a portable, i.e., not in a table. She was a gold/champagne color and I just absolutely fell in love with her and wanted her so bad. The lines of that machine just speak to me. So I am on the hunt for one and I may not find her this year but I will eventually possess her. FWIW, there is another machine, the 1120, that has similar lines but the paint jobs on the 120-71s are prettier. I will not be denied.
  8. Terrycloth, 1 year ago
    There's a very similar machine posted on eBay now that you might want to see. I found this site trying to identify and find out more about that machine. Thanks to all of you!

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