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I need a repair or service manual for a Kenmore #158.1315 sewing machine

The feed dogs will not operate at all. Also, when I try to widen the zig-zag stitches, it wants to bind somewhere and creates a very loud racket.

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  • vincent e murry jr Apr 17, 2015

    I was able to fix the machine myself by just studying the machine and making a minor adjustment to the shaft linkage that controls the feed dogs. I would still love to have a repair manual for this sewing machine though.



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