Question about Sewing Machines
I have a Kenmore Model 1703 and the reverse does not work. There is no resistance when pushing down on the reverse lever. I know how to get inside, but can not see what I need to do to re-engage the lever. Any help would b
OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE A SPRING (SOMETIMES A CONNECTING BRACKET/WIRE) THAT CAME LOOSE. FIND THIS PIECE (YOU MAY HAVE TO TURN YOUR MACHINE UPSIDE DOWN). MOVE YOUR HANDLE TO REVERSE MANY TIMES AND OBSERVE THE DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT. THE SPRING OR BRACKET WILL ATTACH HERE. ACROSS FROM THIS PIECE YOU WILL NOTICE WHERE IT CONNECTS. THERE WILL BE A HOLE THERE. NOW, YOU SHOULD HAVE PRESSURE AND YOUR REVERSE SHOULD WORK.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I recommend that the machine be serviced by a professional but if you're handy it may simply need cleaning around the reverse cam. To do this place the machine on it's back. You'll need to access the rod that drives the feed dogs and cam mechanism by removing all screws holding the bottom plate of the machine. Remove the bottom plate. Note that when you push the reverse button, while turning the wheel a thin rod moves left which allows a plastic cam mounted to the cam rod to also move left and engages the feed dogs in reverse. If the cam is not moving enough or if too slow, it may be that the rod and cam need cleaning and lubrication. Clean out all lint and lubricate the cam where it moves on the shaft. Try to get it to move more freely without forcing it. When done replace the bottom plate. I just repaired my wifes machine and this solved the problem. Hope it helps.
Posted on Feb 17, 2008
I surfed around this site for various suggestions, finally took the bottom plate off and cleaned and oiled all the parts along that rod that goes right across (think it's a drive bar that rotates). Ran the machine without thread in for a few minutes to let the oil soak in. Machine now works fine.
Posted on Oct 07, 2009
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