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Same sewing machine but different model nos.!??

Just a more general type question concerning model nos. I've been looking at purchasing a basic sewing machine such as the Kenmore model 15343 which I happened to notice while shopping at Sears online site. Since there is a Sears outlet not far from where I live, I decided to go over and take a look. They had what looked to be the same sewing machine but a slightly different model no.of 15243. Are these one in the same or are there any differences? Thanks, Don

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I looked for you and the only differance is one was made a year before the other one! They have the same features and are both good machines!
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