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I have a Kenmore 158 331. The only problem I have encountered is after 7 rotations the needle seems to stick. It only happens after 7 rotations. Not sure what the problem is. Please advise. Thank you.

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If you haven't had your machine serviced (cleaned & oiled) in quite a while, you may want to do that. Sounds like perhaps your machine is beginning to seize due to old oil drying out.

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Janome makes sewing machine needles. However, many machine brands recommend using their own brand needles (ie Singer recommends only their needles and I have encountered issues using Singer needles with non-Singer machines). Sometimes, machine-brand needles are higher priced. More expensive does not guarantee better quality. However, unbelievably inexpensive off-brand needles may not be a good thing.

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There is good general machine info on www.sewing.about.com which might help you too.

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