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Clutch of Kenmore 1311 zig zag sewing machine won't disengage-how can I resolve?

Taking the small screw out. Taking off the top cover of machine and looking at wheel from that vantage. Loosening the screw. It is locked on the wheel and will NOT disengage by hand

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    JC howes Nov 21, 2014

    The problem is with the small screw out of the clutch-the clutch still will not budge to remove it

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    JC howes Nov 25, 2014

    Not yet. Problem is how do I oil that part if I can't get the clutch to budge? Can I take the clutch screw out and instill oil in the hole?

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Have you oiled it? Often can get even *very* old machines to loosen up with a good oiling and cleaning.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

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    JC howes Nov 25, 2014

    Not yet. Problem is how do I oil that part if the clutch won't move to remove it? Can I take out the clutch screw and put oil in the hole?

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SOURCE: can't tighten clutch on Kenmore zig zag sewing machine.

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.
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If you take the top off you will see a tiny rubber tire that engages the winder to the handwheel. Over time they get really soft are really hard and disintgrate. If you have a local sewing shop take the old one in and get a new one to slip on it takes only a few minutes and cost usually less that $2.00

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