There is one issue that makes reviewing sewing machines a challenge, and that is when a firm makes so many different models of their product that it becomes a challenge just to find which model to buy.
This is something that happens to any consumer seeking Kenmore sewing machines. This is an unfortunate issue because it is a reliable brand long associated with quality and with affordable pricing.
What we discovered in a search for Kenmore sewing machines was that they are not as easily acquired through the manufacturer’s home brand – Sears – but is more of a product sold through other large online distributors and stores.
Currently, they make some very effective models available for the home sewer. Their 42 stitch machine is a huge value with the average retail price of only $130. This is a drop-in bobbin machine that would be ideally suited to a young person just learning how to sew or the long-time sewer in need of a new and utterly reliable machine. It can tackle heavier fabrics and demands, and is an extremely good deal.
There is also their far more advanced model – the 19233, which is a heavy duty computerized embroidery machine. This one comes with all of the accessories required for traditional sewing as well as the more complicated demands of quilting and embroidery. At an average price of around $275, this one is also a tremendous bargain.
The firm also has a “mini” machine available for around $129, but the details about this are scant and inconclusive. This is touted as a machine suited to light repair work and even for a traveler, but it appears to be a line that is being phased out and therefore not a good choice.
Though we like both of the easily found Kenmore sewing machines, and believe that they are sound investments for those in search of multitasking equipment, we do need to mention some substantial “cons” with them.
First of all, it is very challenging to find this brand when searching online. Consumer reviews are not readily available, feedback about performance is also scarce, and the option to “test drive” the machines is not an option either.
This last issue is something that any experienced sewer knows is not a good thing because it prevents any hands on use prior to purchase.
Because it is challenging to find the machines, it is also tough to know if the best pricing is being offered on either model. Additionally, these are not standard vendor machines, and that could mean that finding qualified repair services could be a difficulty too.
We would actually still recommend the 19233 because of its remarkable line up of features and functions. It really lives up to the Kenmore and Sears reputation for being high quality and designed with consumer needs in mind. It has 215 stitches, computer functions, touch screen features, design your own functions, seven different feed dogs, 45 stitches for quilters, simplified threading, automatic bobbin winding features, and even more. All of that for less than $300 is fairly incredible.
It would be wise to do a bit of research online before purchasing either of the available Kenmore sewing machines. Explore the shipping, warrantees, and special offers being made as there seems to be a great deal of inconsistency where the Kenmore name appears. Keep in mind that Sears is no longer considered the primary manufacturer of Kenmore machines and it is instead the Janome brand that will affiliate itself to the Kenmore line. This sort of transition might also mean trouble for buyers, so make sure that you do the research and get rock solid guarantees from the vendor.