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Start/stop button problem will the machine run on its own

I have a kenmore sewing machine 16231, it has a start/stop button. i read in the manual if you push this button down the machine will sew on its on without the foot pedal? i push the button but the machine does not start on its own. my machine is brand new, mabe i am reading the manual wrong? is this button for that? many thanks  Mary.....

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  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Iwas embroidering and it would stop without nothing apparently wrong I would wait for the green button and then push start again and it would start back up. the buttons ontop are stuck none of them work. I would trun the machine on and off to get it to work. but now the pressure is foot is stuck down and wont work at all. I removed the embroidery system and went just sewing mode and the it still says the pressure is foot is stuck down and I cant get it to do anything even when I replaced the embroidery unit back on and it wont recognize the embroidery unit.

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You have to unplug the power cord to the the foot pedal. The manual doesn't include this. And good stinkin luck with Sears or Kenmore customer service! Just pull the cord out of the machine and the start/stop button will work. Try it on a slower setting at first though. Also, if you need additional presser feet, Singer, Brother, Janome, and possibly other brands will usually work as long as they are the snap on type. I really do like my machine, good luck with yours!

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