Question about Kenmore 15218 Mechanical Sewing Machine
It is model 385.1950281. The feed dogs are clean enough to eat off of. They are not hitting the plate. I bought this at Goodwill. Brought it home and cleaned and oiled it. I turn it on and it briefly shows 10 then Er. How do I clear it. The machine worked until I touched the button to move the needle up and down. I had to get a replacement cord for it.
This is a very common problem with really lightweight fabric and can often be cured (if doing straight stitching) by using a straight stitch needle plate and foot. The wider needle plate and foot openings on newer machines give the machine/thread a wider area to pull the fabric into the machine. By using a straight stitch plate/foot you remove the wide opening, eliminating the majority of the problem.
Also - try using a specially coated needle (Teflon or other non-stick finish). The thread feeds more smoothly through the needle and the needle more smoothly through the fabric, causing less drag into the needle plate opening.
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Kim & Linnette
Posted on Dec 03, 2008
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