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Needle up/down button isn't working

Are there schematics online to this machine. I wonder if a wire has come lose on the switch? Any suggestions?

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  • wilncamsmom Feb 09, 2009

    This machine is a Kenmore 385.16231300

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HI,

The piece where you put your bobbin on to wind, has not been released. It is still up against the bobbin winder, pull it back and you button will work.

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