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Kenmore 158.19141 help!!

Hi! my best friend just recently bought this great old sewing machine at a rummage sale... he was very excited to get started on his projects. but the machine as much as he loves it is acting up. he's been working on it for 3 hours now, and for some reason the top thread is making lovely art underneath his fabric.

he called me to help him and we've tried everything in our collective minds to fix it. we've tried adjusting tension for both the top and the bobbin, i've tried pulling the bobbin casing apart and dusting and oiling, i've tried to move the feed dogs... nothing is really working. i can get about 2" into the project and then it starts getting ugly again... it is the same for both heavy fabrics and cottons.

the bobbin appears to be running smoothly, and there isn't heavy tension when i pull on the thread, but for some reason, without breaking the thread, it just stops getting pulled up.

please help!

thank you!

rikki saffell



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Hello. The 158.19141 is probably the best Kenmore sewing machine around. I use two of this same model in my sewing/alterations business and they have been totally dependable. (I also have 3 vintage Kenmore computerized machines) but the 158.19141 is my favorite model. The problem sounds as though there is dust/dirt/lint in some of the parts in the machine. Take off the feedplate, vacuum and or use a lint brush to loosen any threads and lint. Take out the bobbin case and bobbin: inspect for lint and dust. Take out the bobbin shuttle (which tends to make the threads bunch if it has lint build up). Clean or vacuum, PUT A DROP OF OIL ON THE CENTER PIN, and replace.

Oil the machine regularly. If it has sat around for months without use, it may tend to get sluggish.

Make sure your feeddogs are UP. Use an appropriate size needle for your fabric and make sure it is set properly. The flat side of the needle has to be facing to the north of the machine; and make sure the needle is inserted entirely up and tightly into the needlebar.

Threading the machine properly and inserting the bobbin correctly is usually the answer to most frustrations with a machine. Good luck...and lucky you to have the Kenmore 158.1914 model.

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I am working on one right now I am a sewing machine mechanic with www.icanhelpsew.com and it looks like because it doubled as a blender in the 60's the timing gets thrown off quite often. So throw the 60's thread to the trash time it, oil it, THREAD it right, and it's purring for another round of daiquiris. Oh and along with the cheap thread it does not like cheap tequila. It has a good motor for thicker fabrics and also mudslides. Really do what I said and its off to happy hour you go. Happy Sewing and Happy Blending! Mine is running smooth waters now. Nice Machine ... kinda grows on you and makes you want to paint the world puke green. C.Slayton

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