Question about Sewing Machines
I bought an old Kenmore sewing machine model 158.161. When I turn the hand wheel, all the parts move including the needle up and down. The light goes on. When I press the foot pedal, the motor hums but the machine does not operate. I do not know how long this 40 year old machine has been sitting idle. I had to buy a new foot pedal with AC cord because it did not have one. When I first plugged in the machine to the AC power with the cord I purchased, the machine operated with the foot pedal, but sluggishly. That is when I looked up the user manual on-line, found all the parts where it should be oiled and I put a drop of oil at all the designated points. Then I put a drop of oil in the two oil holes on the motor where it said to oil. I operated the foot pedal again, the machine operated for a few seconds, then quit. Now when I press the foot pedal, the motor hums, but it does not operate. I turned the machine over and saw a tiny bit of smoke come out of the motor for a second or two, then nothing. When I bought this machine all the attachments and bobbins that were in the box were rusty, though there is no rust on the machine itself. It is actually pretty clean inside and out. Do you think the motor is shot or do you think something is just jammed? Thanks.
Will the motor run if you turn it by hand when the power is on
Posted on Apr 02, 2014
Testimonial: "William, Yes, when the power is on and I turn the hand wheel the machine operates but in a jerky manner and seems to be sticking on something because it stops and starts when the motor breaks the moving parts free. Do you think the moving parts need to be cleaned? Thanks for your help! Please reply."
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
when I stiches any cloth the thread gets lose on backside of cloth or some times it breaks how to solve is problem I am not understanding please help me.
Posted on Feb 03, 2008
The clutch has fallen off the shaft. Remove the very small screw in the clutch release screw to remove the clutch release. Place the clutch(round thing with ears on it) back on the shaft with the center ears pointing towards the outside. Put the clutch release screw back on. Tighten it to make sure it works
properly. Put the small screw back in the clutch release screw and test it again. If it will not tighten or release properly, remove the clutch ,rotate it180 degrees and try it again.This should solve your problem.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
The machine sounds like it has threads caught in the bobbin area thus locking the machine up. Check in there and maybe you can pick them out with tweezers. They may need to be 'softened up' with a little oil before you can get them out!.
also Please push the bobbin winder back to the left position and it will release the bobbin winder. Then you should be able to sew. If the needle won't move, you will need to tighten the turning wheel on the right side end of the machine. This should move your needle. Then you should be set to sew.
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Posted on Jan 05, 2010
SOURCE: My Janome magnolia is 3
Try the process of elimination. Take out the needle, take off the needle plate, take out the bobbin case. Run the machine. Does if run full speed? You might have to let the machine run for about 5 minutes. If it runs slow or you hear it slow down, you might have a bad connecting link between the needle bar and the main shaft counter weight. They seize up sometimes. (Shop Repair).
Posted on May 04, 2011
Testimonial: "Thank you so much for your advice. I am taking to repair shop this week. It is a great machine. Thanks again~~Patricia~~"
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