Vintage Sewing Machine Manuals

I am providing links to some of the manufacturer websites where you might be able to find a manual for your vintage machine.  I am NOT affiliated with any of them.  

Some of the links provide manuals for free and others will charge a fee.  The websites may notso you might have to contact customer service directly with your inquiry. I would try contacting someone at the company first, who knows, they may e-mail you a free manual for your old sewing machine.
Just click on the highlighted links to view the website.  If you know of any others, please let me know and I will add them here. 

Need a manual for your vintage KENMORE sewing machine?  Take a look at my post here.

Need a manual for your vintage SINGER sewing machine?  Take a look at my post here.  If you need a manual for a WHITE sewing machine, Singer also provides those at the same website.

Manual for a Singer Vibrating Shuttle sewing machine – request a copy via e-mail.  A generous Stitch Nerd reader has sent a copy to me to share with you.  He also referred me to another great source for sewing machine manual:

SCRIBD - if you are able to find a manual at this website, you will be able to view the first few pages of the manual.  You have to become a paying member to have full access with downloading, and printing capabilities. 

Elna International

Juki Household Sewing Machine

Baby Lock

Brother-USA

Husqvarna Viking

Do you have a sewing machine manual you would like to share with those who may need one?  Send it to me and I will distribute it here free of charge.

Thanks in advance. :)

74 thoughts on “Vintage Sewing Machine Manuals

  1. I am looking for a manual or someone to inform me on how to thread my sewing machine & install bobbin underneath It is a Elgin s-1145 any help would be appreciated

  2. Hello I was not able to down load a copy of a Manuel for my Vintage Kenmore sewing machine model 117.959 My guess is that they do not have older sewing machine manual.

  3. Help! I have a Baby Lock BL4-738D and I need a manual. Any help would be gratefully received. Any idea how old this model would be? Thanks

  4. Any idea where I can find a manual for Bellecraft Sewing Machine, model 820? It was purchased in 1959. Please respond to mrslaw52@gmail.com. Thanks, I can’t find a thing!!!! I have pieces of the manual, need the whole thing. Thanks again. Terri

  5. Does anyone know where I can find an Instruction Manual for an Elgin 4400F? I have looked everywhere and cant seem to find one…Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  6. im bought this sewing machine at a yard sale, and it came with no manual nor a brand name on it, but i looked online and i think i found it-it looks exactly like this model, that will follow, but i need a manual as im kind of a beginner at this and id love to have a manual for it heres what i think it is: a Foshan Ukicra 16 function machine and if this is it the model number is: UFR-613- it is blue and white, every place i check brings me to the same website, most times but none have manuals. if you can help me thanks. ive been looking up for this for almost 14 and 1/2 hr just today thank you.

  7. I have come across an instruction manual in my collection for ‘The singer manufacturing company’s Vibrating Shuttle Sewing Machines’. I will be happy to email a copy in pdf format should anyone need such a manual.

    • Hi Charles,

      Thanks for offering your manual. If you would like to e-mail it to me, my email is stitchnerd 1 @ gmail dot com. I can list it on my Manuals page for distribution.

      Thanks,
      Sonia

  8. I’m burrowing my mom’s sewing machine and she has no idea where the manual is. I’ve checked online in several places and found it on a couple websites to buy. Before doing so though, I’d like to check with all here to see if someone has it or knows where I can obtain one for free.
    The model is the kenmore 158.13160. I did check the website that is listed on this site for kenmore, but they only have the parts manual for ordering parts and servicing your machine. They don’t have the actual manual and I’m in need of learning how to use the buttonhole piece.
    Let me know, thanks.

  9. Hello, my girlfriend and I stumbled upon an Elna Elnita 250. I happened across your entry about the 255i. I can’t seem to find the manual on Elna’s website. Are there any possibilities of finding this?

  10. I’m looking for a manual for an early 20th century Davis sewing machine. I have one that came with my machine but it’s missing the page on thread tension, and that’s exactly the page I need.

  11. Hi! I was actually looking for a manual for a Domestic 4400 sewing machine. Imagine my surprise when i realized it looks exactly like your Elgin 4400f. Lol thanks for the threading guide that you had posted. Now although i would love a copy of the manual, what i really want to know is if it takes double needles. Thanks in advance for any information provided.

  12. Desperately seeking a users \ operators manual for a YUKI MO-1516H for my mom . Thinking a G may work. c_ryskoskiATcharter.net

  13. Hi. I am looking for a manual for an old Lincoln sewing machine. I am not sure if it is the brand or model name. Can you help?

  14. Looking for a manual for my mums old Brother sewing machine, Ranger model 661, blue, A371434. Brother’s website say they no longer have it available. Anyone have any ideas where I might be able to find a copy please? I’d like to pass it onto my young niece for the next generation.

  15. Hi, great website, I was wondering if you happen to have the user manual for a White Sewing machine Model 500B, I’ve looked everywhere i haven’t found it. Thanx in advance

  16. I have just been given a Verity sewing machine – think it dates from at least the 1960s ptobably earlier – any ideas where I can get a manual?

  17. My daughter found a Baby Lock Serger BL3-407 @ a second hand store. It is in excellent condition. Not one scratch on it. It’s beautiful. The problem is I have no manual for this Serger. Would like to see how to work it?
    What year would this machine be, and is it worth keeping? Thank you!

    • I obtained a manual for the Baby Lock Serger BL3-407. If anyone out there needs a pdf manual sent to them free…please let me know. (Maria P.G. 7/22/14.)

  18. Today I purchased a 1939 Electric White Rotary(serial #43×85876) sewing machine. It’s in good condition, attachments, bobbins came with machine but no manual instruction book. Please where could I locate a printed copy of the manual. My email address is wiloubeedoughnuts@yahoo.com. Thank you!

  19. First of all let me start by saying thank you for offering help with locating manuals. My Husband and I have literally searched from what we can tell the entire internet searching for a manual for a sewing machine sold by jcpenny made in Japan with a penncrest name as well I have a model number of 2601 located on a silver plate under the sewing machine with a serial number under it have you ever heard of this. Can you help me track it down thanks again

  20. I inherited my grandmother’s Atlas Deluxe sewing machine that is identical to your machine, with the exception that her machine folds down into a cabinet and has a knee pedal (instead of foot pedal). Do you know where I can find a manual for this vintage machine? Thanks for any help you can provide.

  21. I am unable to find manuals for my inherited treadle sewing machines which are both Singers, one from each of my grandmothers. One is from a model in 1908 and the other is from 1922. Would so like to locate parts for the 1908 one as well as it does have parts missing.

  22. I have a copy of the Baby lock Serger “Juki” 2 & 3 thread overedging sewing machine manual (INSTRUCTION BOOK) MODEL BL3-407 , if anyone is interested in having a copy. Thank you all for sharing your ideas & information. It’s greatly appreciated!!!

  23. Mike J
    I have a copy of the Baby Lock manual for BL4 -738D but it’s not for a “Proline”. Is there’s any way to send it to you? I can’t email it unfortunately.
    JB

  24. Do you happen to have the manuel for the Atlas Precision Deluxe Sewing Machine that you mentioned. I just bought this machine and would like a copy of the manuel if you have it. I would so appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

  25. Looking for a manual for an Electro Hygiene (Electro Grand) Model E 90 Sewing Machine. Have not been able to even find a picture of it… any ideas? Thanks :)

    • Matt,
      I have a Electro Grand machine I bought in 1970 but it has no model number per se. Instruction manual calls it a Super Deluxe Zig Zag. If you want to send a picture of yours to me, I will let you know if it matches mine. If so, I can copy the manual and email it to you.

      Phyllis
      wedburn390@netscape.net

  26. I have a Morse Deluxe model 1954 without the manual and only a note saying how to thread it , if you could find me a manual that would be really nice thank you

  27. I received my Elnita225i machine when my sister passed away. I am anxious to use the machine but have no instructions or manual, just the machine. I would guess that it is probably at least 10 to 15 years old. I would appreciate any help. Thank you.

  28. Help!! I am looking for a manual for Brother Opus 821A… I can not find one anywhere…It is from the early 60’s…Thanks!

  29. I was hoping I might get a copy of the manual for The pink Atlas 151.I can’t find one.I would really appreciate it if you could help me with this.Thanks for your blogs.Very interesting.

  30. Hello :-) I am looking for a manual for a 1950s Brother model no. 888 if anyone can help please? I would love to know more about it, I believe it’s 1950s and semi industrial machine if anyone else has this lovely (I think it’s duck egg) blue machine I would love to hear from you :-) Sweetysammy09@hotmail.co.uk
    Thank you
    Sammy :-)

  31. I just bought a Morse 1000 and do not have a manual.

    The dog feed isn’t working and the stitch selector will not move. I already fixed some other problems but not sure what I am doing. I cannot believe how much oil is on machine!

    I am curious about its age too.

  32. Hello! Does anyone know where I can find a free download of a Universal KAT-2 Sewing Machine? I recently purchased one at my local thrift store, but I’m not familiar with this machine.

    Thanks for your help!!

    • It’s Maria P.G. again! I forgot to say I have a pdf. file manual on hand if anyone would like a FREE copy sent to them for the ”BABY LOCK” SERGER BL3-407.
      “Make it a great day!” Thanks!!!

  33. Hello looking for a manual for a sewing machine that was handed down to me its a Kenmore 158.19312 can anyone help me??? Thank you…

  34. Hello Everyone,

    I am currently vigilantly searching for a digital copy for the BabyLock BL4-738D or BL4-738DF manual. A friend has gifted me this machine but I am having a lot of trouble finding a manual to go with it.

    Any help greatly appreciated please!
    Thanks heaps!
    Kirsty
    kirstyandboys@yahoo.com.au

  35. Hello,
    I am trying to find the manual for a Sears Kenmore 158.481 preferably for free. Also Does anyone have a good resource to acquire parts for said machine.

  36. I have a 100 yr frister and rossman with a boat bobbin. I had to remove it as the cotton thread was bulking up in the bobbin area, and the bobbin wasn’t threading through to the fabric. Now I need to rethread the bobbin and I am stuck lol. Can anyone help with an image? Thank you
    Lesley
    Soap n Things

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