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My Kenmore sewing machine model 158.13571 is binding up so it is hard to turn the rotator and the motor is not strong enought to move the mechanics... Any one have an idea why that might happen?

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Hi, the same sort of thing happened to me last week and I lubricated the moving parts with machine oil. Since then, it all seems to be fine.

Posted on Apr 07, 2014


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