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Clutch won't release.

Our old Model Kenmore Model 1217 sewing machine's clutch won't release.

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This what you do, get a wide blade screwdriver, place the screwdriver blade on one of the slots or grooves on the stop motion wheel on the left hand side as you look at the machine from the end, the the top of the handle a good thump and you will find it will release, don't over tighten once you have freed it off.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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