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I have an old Kenmore Model #12493 and the needle and presser foot won't move.

The needle won't move up or down. The motor works fine. I put some oil but maybe I need to put 10-W-40 to unfreeze it. I believe the machine was not used in a very long time. Can anyone advise? Thanks!

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Are you sure it isn't in bobbin winding mode?

Posted on Oct 26, 2012

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  • Maria Agulles Oct 28, 2012

    No it is not in bobbin winding mode. The wheel won't turn either.

  • Maria Agulles Oct 28, 2012

    Actually, the wheel turns but the needle doesn't move. The presser foot is in the up position as well. I think I should bring it someplace for service. Thanks for everyone's advice.

  • sylviaivie Oct 28, 2012

    BTW... If you ever use wd40 on a machine, which is fine for freeing things up. Always wipe off the wd40 and reoil. It's better to use Liquid Wrench which is kerosene based.

  • sylviaivie Oct 28, 2012

    Just reread your first post. Can you take off the hand wheel? There is a keeper washer which if it is not put on correctly, it will act like you are describing. The washer looks round with "fingers" pointing into the center. They need to line up with some knotches on the shaft.

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That's the problem seized up use a penetrating oil from the top and work it up and down and it should free up

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SOURCE: i need to know how to clean and oil the machine

From the Sears Kenmore manual:
Using a small brush, remove the lint that accumulates in the shuttle area and around the feed dogs.
To Clean the Shuttle Area:

  1. This area must be kept free of dust, lint and occasional tangled thread. Raise the needle bar to its highest point and remove the bobbin case.
  2. Push levers of shuttle race aside and lift shuttle race cover and shuttle out.
  3. Clean the shuttle race with a small brush.
  4. Put a drop of oil on the center pin of the shuttle and shuttle race.

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