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Can't tighten clutch on Kenmore zig zag sewing machine.

Oiled machine, filled bobbins on my Kenmore zig zag sewing machine. Can't tighten clutch. When moved forward, needle moves up and down instead of moving with the hand wheel, causing the machine not to sew.

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    sewing machine belt turns but needle doesn't go up and down

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    the overlocker is dificult to move and makes a noise will only move by hand and not easy

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Needle goes up and down when filling a bobbin

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    stopped moving up and down stuck or very stiff, ive been sewing already today

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    the belt doesn't move. How do I change the belt? this machine has been in storage for years. I oiled it, wiped out very little lint and it sewed a nice stitch for a few minutes then the belt stopped turning. the motor and motor pulley turns but it's not moving the belt, the belt is tight and it will turn when I turn the hand wheel but not when the motor is running. Could I have possibly gotten oil on the pulley and that is causing the pulley not to grasp the belt? But why would it turn it without the motor running? What do I do? Change the belt? If so how do I do that?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Kenmore 15008 Clutch is jammed, no bobbin problem, motor works but wheel does not turn when engaged. What part is likely to be seized and how do I get to it? Is there an adjustment or possible release needed?

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The clutch has fallen off the shaft. Remove the very small screw in the clutch release screw to remove the clutch release. Place the clutch(round thing with ears on it) back on the shaft with the center ears pointing towards the outside. Put the clutch release screw back on. Tighten it to make sure it works
properly. Put the small screw back in the clutch release screw and test it again. If it will not tighten or release properly, remove the clutch ,rotate it180 degrees and try it again.This should solve your problem.
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Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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