Replacement Cams for a Kenmore Sewing Machine?

I have a Kenmore 54 and see lots of cams for sale on eBay. The ones that came with my machine are rust colored and 2 sided. Can I buy some of the one sided ones on eBay and use in my machine? Are the cams interchangeable among the Kenmore machines?


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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

I am very fussy about my parts so I have not tried. I was always afraid they would gum up my machine and I wouldn't be able to get them out.

One of the more adventurous seamstresses on the Facebook group:

Vintage Kenmore and Sears Sewing Machines

may be able to tell you.

Post back what you learn!

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

I would buy parts directly from Sears.

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August 27, 20190 found this helpful

I have a Kenmore 96 that uses single-sided cams. The cams are 2 1/4 inches at widest point, the center hole is 5/8 inches diameter & 5/8 inches deep. The guide pin that the cams drop over on the machine is 1/8 inch diameter and sticks up 3/8 inch. If your cams and machine measure the same as what I've given you on my Kenmore, and if you can get one of those Ebay sellers to give you measurements from the cams they are selling, and everything matches, then they should fit.


Just get some accurate measurements from your cams and machine and check against the Ebay seller's measurements. Good luck, and post back how it turns out.

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August 29, 20190 found this helpful

Contact the maker of this machine, doing this will assure all your product purchases and also maybe missed information!

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August 30, 20190 found this helpful

First thing you need to understand is that Kenmore is a Sears brand name and not the true 'maker' of the machine. Sears places contracts with different companies. Sears stopped selling sewing machines under Kenmore name about 2012-13. They now sell other brand name machines.
Read about how this works and then you'll be more knowledgeable when talking with someone about exchanging parts on machine.


It is very difficult to find accessorizes or parts on the Sears catalogue web site and I believe you will just get frustrated searching - unless you know the correct part number you are searching for.

You can always call (or visit local) Sears Service Center and ask them if they have accessories for your model and also ask if there are other models that will fit your machine.
They can also tell you what brand your particular machine is so you can also search online for parts under that brand and model (be sure of model number).
They may also have access to a free manual download.
If the cams you are looking at on eBay give specific part numbers you can ask if these will fit your machine. Maybe they have a cross reference for your machine.
Your machine was made in the 60's so I would be careful with experimenting as it may be expensive to repair if something messes up.


This is a good discussion forum that you can ask and someone may just happen to know (repair persons are the ones who might know for sure and some answer questions on the forum).
You will have to join but it is free.

Hope you have good luck with finding suitable cams.

Free manuals are difficult to find but I believe this one can be downloaded (it will have a name on the pages but does not interfere with instructions).

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