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Bobbin winder does not work on Model 17651

Bobbin winder does not work on Kenmore 17651. Motor runs but does not spin bobbin

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Make sure that the hand wheel is engaged by pushing it in. To disengage, pull it out.

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

  • Ruth Peck Feb 07, 2009

    I'm that backwards. To wind bobbin, pull it out, to sew, push it in. Sorry....



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