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Kenmore 10 Model 385.12490 Sewing Machine Video Demo

Original Post - August 2015
Last Updated - July 2020

The Kenmore 10 Model 385.12490 is the sewing machine that made me eat my words.  It was so gross when found it and I didn't understand why Paul wanted it.  It had so much gummy dust on it that you could barely tell what color the machine was.  Well, when he got the layer of grime off of it there was a virtually brand new sewing machine.  The presser foot didn't have any wear marks on it.  Then I used it and I kind of fell in love with the machine.  Now every time I pull that sewing machine out Paul has to remind me that I didn't want the sewing machine to begin with but it has never let me down.  I'll eat my words for this machine.

Kenmore 385.12490 Sewing Machine @homeecmel
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Video Demonstration of Kenmore 10 Model 385.12490

Mel's Thoughts On The Kenmore 10 Model 385.12490

This machine was made for garment construction.  I loaded a bobbin with elastic thread for shirring and it's the only machine that I tried that loved doing shirring and it wound the bobbin for me, none of that winding by hand like you have to do with other machines.  It handles knits and stretchy fabric like a champ.  Some of our older machines don't do so well with those kinds of fabrics.  The Kenmore 385.12490 was made when those fabrics were at the height of fashion so it was designed to sew knits and stretchy fabrics.  It is my go-to machine any time I need to sew clothing. 

It's not a fast machine and that's the reason I don't like it for piecing quilts.  The Kenmore 10 Model 385.12490 has a 1 AMP motor but because of how it is geared the power is at the needle not in speed.  I swear it would sew through a 2x4 if you could get it under the needle.  

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  1. I picked up a Globe sewing machine at an auction and I must say the stitching is beautiful and it sews through everything, its my favourite machine to paper piece on :)

    1. I just love the old machines! They were just machined so well.