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Sears Kenmore Model 385 Sewing Machine -- Owner Review

Share Your Story: Kenmore Sewing Machine Owners Voice Their Experiences

By MarciaBoone

What Model Kenmore Sewing Machine You Own/Owned?

Model 385. With 47 stitch functions and 24 built in stitches.

How you obtained the machine? (gift, bought new, etc)

Bought new

Approximate age of the machine

8 years

Approximate price paid for this machine?


What type of sewing you did/do with this machine?

Make my own square dance outfits, household items, gifts, and some sewing for myself. Classic style clothing; mending and repairs for myself and sometimes for others. About half of what I sew besides square dance is fleece items.

For about 20 years in the mid 60s and 70s, and early 80s I made my own clothes, everything my daughter wore until age 12, many of my son's clothes, and some things for my husband.

What is your satisfaction level with this machine?

I am perfectly satisfied with this sewing machine. It has met every sewing need, including fancy decorative stitching. I bought all the attachments; greatly increasing items that many do by hand.

It is portable so it does not always stay in the sewing room.

Lessons Learned

  • It is beyond basic and perfect for advanced sewing with many extra features the Singer I grew up with never had.

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