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Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine Model 385. 1254180 Bobbin Won't Wind

I have it all set-up and nothing happens, just the winding sound but the bobbin and thread do not move.

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The winding sound is the rubber O-ring against the spinning pulley (back of hand wheel) - do not let this continue, it will wear out the O-ring.

I had the same problem and I found the shaft bushing of the winder dry and needed lubed. Use oil or spray lithium grease and it should work fine. Spin the bobbin shaft by hand (not the hand wheel) to get it freed up after oiling.

You can oil from the top and should take off the side case to clean the excess oil from the O-ring. The shaft bushing is a tight fit and any dry oil will get sticky and prevent winding.

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    I had the same problem and found the bobbin bushing shaft dry and needed oiled from the top. I used spray lithium grease and turned the bobbin shaft (not the hand wheel) by hand. You should take off the side panel and clean off any excess oil from the O-ring that rides against the inside of the hand wheel. It would be a good idea to lube other moving parts since the oil gets dry and sticky.

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On some of these machines when the bobbin winder is on it stops the rest of the machine from working. Push the bobbin winder mechanism to the left and see if your machine will work.
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    riverqueen29 Jan 11, 2012

    The machine itself works. The belt is moving but the shaft is not moving. I opened the machine and can see the gears moving but the rubber washer that fits snug up against the winder is not moving.

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