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Kenmore electronic sewing machine 385.1950280 (sensor 70) will not sew the specialty stitches, numbers or letters when the codes are punched in. Is the board bad?

I've read the manual and am punching in as instructed (and have tried other variations) but it will only respond in zigzag which changes to straight stitch. Is this a board problem? Or is there an easy fix?

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  • llazyme
    llazyme Nov 07, 2012

    The machine has a curved hole in the needle plate so it's not that.

  • Elle scooter
    Elle scooter Mar 23, 2014

    I finally had the machine fixed at a shop. Cost me $100 and it works great- would cost several hundred for a machine that does as much. Very happy with it now

  • Elle scooter
    Elle scooter Mar 23, 2014

    ps.. this is llazyme under a different sign in as I couldn't remember my password.

  • Elle scooter
    Elle scooter Mar 23, 2014

    The machine was actually stuck in reverse before.

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Yes, it's possible that the board is bad, having the machine checked
will tell you for sure

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Hey. It's full out possible that you have it on the right setting...but concider this - the switcher inside the sewing machine could be broken (ie. It's moving to different stitches - but not the one you have the outside set for)

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It must be a design flaw- things don't always last like they are supposed to. I would personally check the physical reason it is not responding... knowing what it would take to make it stop moving- or whatis causing it to. *perhaps the switch isn't working to stop it- or the mechanism that controls it is worn down. If it was new- I'd return it- but there are only a few options at this point.

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SOURCE: Singer Touch Tronic 2001 Sewing Machine Stuck on Sewing Straight Stitch Only

I had a similar problem a couple of years ago. I finally figured out that I had the straight stitch needle plate (the one with the single hole), rather than the zig zag needle plate (the one with the curved hole). When I changed plates, it worked fine.

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timing issue, needs to be serviced and re timed.

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SOURCE: singer machine needle won't do width in zigzag

It sounds like it needs lubrication on the needle bar frame and linkage.

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