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I think I can help you with this, here is some information on the Kemore Machines that were made and sold for Sears.
In 1950, Sears again offered only one model of the Kenmore Rotary, model 117-169. The company gradually began selling more machines as the decade wore on. It offered 17 models of the Kenmore and Kenmore Rotary through 1959. In 1956, Sears began selling its first zig-zag machine, the Kenmore Zig-Zag Automatic, models 117 thru 740 : . I believe in your numberNNN-NN-NNNNfalls between the 117 thru 740 In the 1950s, Sears began dropping the Rotary designation and started identifying its machines by numbers. This was the start of the 120 series of sewing machines.
In the 1960s, Sears sold 113 models of Kenmore sewing machines, beginning with the 76, model 120-760. Also in the 1960s, buttonhole attachments and decorator attachments were available for some machines.
The 1976 Sears catalog offered the first Kenmore convertible sewing machine. It featured a removable section that left just a narrow projection where the needle and faceplate were located, called the free arm. "Sleeves, armholes, cuffs and collars slip right on. Also pant legs," the ad explains. This feature is now common on sewing machines.
In the 1970s, Kenmore was available in 68 models, from the 1020 to the 1980.
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HelloI do not have any pictures of these machines,
In the 1960s, Sears sold 113 models of Kenmore sewing machines, beginning with the 76, model 120-760. Also in the 1960s, buttonhole attachments and decorator attachments were available for some machines. This means that you could purchase the items for the machines in the 60's
It is currently selling for around 150.00.on the retail market , ( cost replacement at auctions ) .
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