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Kenmore 16951 sewing machine reverse problem

When the reverse lever is pushed down it doesn't go into reverse. Does anyone know how to resolve this problem?

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Dropping Feed dogs on kenmore model 19233

Pull out the removable table and you will see the drop down feed dogs switch lever behind the back of the machine. Move that lever to the left or right to have feed dogs go back to normal sewing mode OR for embroidery mode.

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Janome Excel 5124 reverse lever

If you pull the bottom off the machine (half a dozen screws) there is a cam on the main drive shaft. The cam is probably jammed in the reverse position due to lack of lubrication on the shaft. You can move the cam back manually and it will operate in forward direction. It appears that the shaft needs lubrication.

Posted on May 02, 2009

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SOURCE: machine runs only in reverse and feed dogs go up and down

adjust the wheel of your machine

Posted on Apr 03, 2010

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SOURCE: reverse stitch lever not "activating" the feed dogs to go in reverse

Likely old oil and lint forming "glue" in the mechanism....suggest a General Service if you are not willing to clean this yourself, or more than 2 years since last service

Posted on Nov 02, 2011

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SOURCE: Machine sews only in reverse

My kenmore 12 stitch was stuck in reverse. My friend used to work with a repair man, she said to open bottom some times thread is bound up, and may need oiled. My husband checked and found a bunch of lint and dust, he removed it and oiled it. My machine now works like new. Also sometimes the spring that operates reverse button can break or come loose. Good Luck!

Posted on Dec 06, 2012

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Machine will only sew in reverse


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"Machine will only sew in reverse - Sewing Machines" A: I'm just a tinkerer, hobbyist, who did run across this same problem before. I can give a general non-model specific remedy based on my limited experience with mechanical sewing machines that get locked into sewing backwards, that is "they only want to sew in Reverse":

1. Verify what is the normal direction of the fly wheel in forward sewing for your machine. Most sewing machines, including Singers, always sew with the top of the flywheel moving toward the operator, regardless if sewing forward or backwards; but older friction-wheel White Rotary (RF) sewing machines, have the flywheel running in the opposite direction (top of Hand-Wheel turning away from the operator when sewing.

2. If it has Reverse Lever/Switch; check that it is in the correct position; if still only sews in reverse, change positions of the Direction Control lever (or Button, etc.), and see if it changes direction to correct the problem.

3. If this does not help, then jiggle the Reverse Lever and follow the linkage inside the machine and see if there is anything broken, loose or out of adjustment. Some machines have reverse control linkage elbows in the top part of machine, and by poor design are prone to accidentally pop backwards, causing sewing in the opposite direction of the position of the Reverse Lever/Button (Backwards when you want to sew Forward). On occasion, a Kenmore 158.1787180 got locked into the backwards sewing mode (the dog-gone' est thing), but by following and analyzing the linkage, I found where it was going wrong, and popped the indecisive linkage elbow back the way it was supposed to be and fixed it. [ I had more detailed notes, on this fix, but when I read them, without the machine in front of me, made no sense to me today so I can't share that till I revisit the conundrum again.]

4. If all else fails, you may be able to hold or clamp the Reverse Lever/Button in the Reverse position, so it sews Forward (I've done this before too (as a short-term fix) until I figured out how to adjust it back the way it was supposed to be.

5. If this post helped you, don't be afraid to indicate so, so Fixya will know. If it was useless, "ouch", but I'd like to know that too, so I'll be more selective on what I really know more about. I try to help, though this is probably a trade secret that anyone who knows is discrete about who they share the information with.
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If the handwheel is really stiff and the machine is making awful noises, then your machine may need oiling. Don't know if this is the case with your industrial machine, but it may be something to consider.

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V/74088/620


I am having the same problem. Initially it did sew forward, but now only sews in reverse. The large grey lever on the right front of the machine should make it sew in reverse only as long as it is held down, but mine sews in reverse only. Hmmmm....think there are many people with this problem.

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I have my Mother's Brother XL3750, no book or accessories. It will sew in reverse only. I don't even know where the reverse button is. The only thing that I have tried is the big lever front...


you can download a manual for your machine from the Brother website,
link is
http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/files/dlf/doch000452/bm2736xl26i35i375ug04enes.pdf

Reverse is the big lever in front but it should be sprung so you need to hold it down to reverse; if your machine is only sewing backwards, this lever might be stuck or locked into position. Check out page 25 and 26 in the manual for specific info.

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My kenmore sewing machine will not go in reverse


Hi there,

Well when you push on the reverse button you should feel some resistance from the internal mechanism? If not, then the lever on inside is either broken or stuck. If you want to look at some of the reverse mechanism you may remove the bottom covers both for the base and the free area and locate the link lever that works the reverse. Then remove the top cover for more light so you can see better. Post comments for further help or information.....

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Jan 16, 2011 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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My machine is sewing in reverse how do I get it to go forward


if your reverse is a lever then pull the lever down to normal sewing

if it's a button, try pushing it several times & try to see if that will help it unstick

if it doesn't use some wd-40 on it & see if that will work,,& keep working the button

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Will not sew in reverse.


sometimes it is the spring, open the machine up and take a look at the spring, it may be broken or stretched. It should be located right where the reverse lever is, inside.

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Singer simple 3116 will not reverse


Sounds like spring or something disconnected from the lever. Take it in to your dealer or look at yourself carefully.

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Dropping Feed dogs on kenmore model 19233


Pull out the removable table and you will see the drop down feed dogs switch lever behind the back of the machine. Move that lever to the left or right to have feed dogs go back to normal sewing mode OR for embroidery mode.

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Brother xr-65


This happened to me too! Make sure your buttonholer isn't pulled down and locked in to where it's making the machine sew backward. That's what happened to me.

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