How do I fix a sewing machine that will only go in reverse?
Is the reverse switch stuck ? Sometimes they get a lot of gunk around them that sort of builds up and stops them moving, and it may be on the inside, rather than where it's easy to see. Might try to use something very slender, maybe a nail file or toothpick to see if you can remove anything from around the switch. Maybe a wee drop of penetrating oil may help dissolve any gunk that's stuck around it, but put a towel under to catch any that leaks through. If possible, remove the screws in the machine body to see if you can remove the exterior casing and get at the underside of the switch. If the switch appears to be ok, I think you'll need a repair shop.
When you say it was cleaned, do you mean on the outside, maybe the bobbin case, or did you have it serviced, where someone removed the casing and cleaned and oiled the entire working assembly inside ? If so, did they guarantee the work ? Most shops give you at least a month on their repairs, but that might not be any help by now and believe me I know how expensive it can be to get repairs done.
Do you have the model number ? Sears used to be pretty good at repairing their machines but they're not as good as they used to be, I'm afraid. But Kenmore is a common brand and most repair shops should be able to mend them unless it's a part they can't get hold of. Ebay can be a good source for parts like that.
Oct 08, 2014 |