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My sears kenmore model#158.13160 presser foot bar isn't lifting up and down

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If something isn't broken, most likely the machine is seizing due to lack of frequent and thorough oiling.


Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

Posted on Aug 11, 2017

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: presser foot lever does not lift presser foot

If you can remove the cover on the left side you will see the presser foot bar. On the bar there will be a screw that may be loose. Turn the handwheel until the needle is all the way down and lift the foot manually until just before it makes contact with the needle clamp and tighten the screw on the presser foot bar.
That should do it.

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

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SOURCE: Model 6230- presser foot lifter won't move presser foot

That's the problem seized up use a penetrating oil from the top and work it up and down and it should free up

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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SOURCE: faulty presser foot lifter on a singer 2110/2112.

I have seen these machines with broken presser bar clamps (something inside the head). If it is just a bind then some oil on the presser bar may work, if the clamp is broken then it is probably not worth fixing.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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SOURCE: Can't lift handle for my foot presser

Take the machine apart to the point where you can see the pivot point for the presser bar lifter and spray WD40. Let sit for a few hours and try again. Repeat until the presser bar lifter releases.

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Posted on May 22, 2009

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SOURCE: Elna serger 925 presser foot lift lever broke off.

Here are 2 dillers that will repair it for you.

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Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 422-5325 10.56 mi


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Posted on Sep 16, 2009

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How to thread kenmore sear roebuck sewing machine model 158. 1789181 got at auction no books


Sears carries a lot of manuals for their machines, although usually not free. In the meantime, there are many threading videos that demonstrate machine threading. Machines of similar models will thread similarly.

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Probably best to raise the presser foot when threading so the thread will seat in the tension disk.

Before trying to sew, be sure to oil your machine with fresh, good quality sewing machine oil. Open the top, the side near the needle bar, and turn it on its back to get the underside. Place a couple drops of oil every place that metal rubs on metal. Adding hot air from a handheld hairdryer will make the oil effective quicker.

Be sure to install a brand new needle and use good quality thread--not old or bargain bin variety!

On the top left, there is probably a push button. This is the presser foot pressure adjustment. When the machine is stored, this pop-up button should be released (press down on the outer ring). Being stored with the pressure full on will eventually compress the spring that provides the pressure. Also, be sure to store the machine with the presser foot in the down position (preferably on a piece of scrap fabric). Avoid running the machine with the presser foot in direct contact with the feed dogs as this will wear the feed dogs and also create grooves in the presser foot.

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I have a Sears Kenmore sewing machine I want to get a 1/4 in presser foot for it, is there one and where would I get it/


You first need to determine which shank the presser foot uses on your machine. You can compare your shank (current presser foot) with these photos to see which one your machine uses.

http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sewing-machine-presser-feet.aspx

NOTE: If you purchase a snap-on presser foot, you will also have to buy a "shank adapter" that will attach the presser foot to the needlebar. Here are some pictures of snap-on adapters:
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However, you will still need to make sure to buy the correct adapter for your machine. The GREAT thing about buying a snap-on adapter is you can add a lot of presser feet to your sewing machine accessories because you can purchase additional snap-on presser feet or even a complete set of snap-on feet that will all work with your adapter and your machine!!!
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You will just snap one foot off and snap another on!!! Great idea!!!

OR--you can take your current presser foot along with the make & model of your machine and check with the local sewing repair shops to see if they have what you need.

FYI, once you know what shank your machine has, you can probably also find other specialty feet for your machine, ie walking foot, free-motion foot, etc.

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Jan 17, 2016 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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I have a Kenmore model 158.19411 and I want a walking foot for this model. Is this model a high shank or low shank?


The Kenmore 158.19411 uses super high shank presser feet. Sears Parts Direct has the zipper foot still available for the 158.19411. http://www.searspartsdirect.com/kenmore-sewing-machine-parts/6759/0020/158/model-15819411/0582/1220000.html . Other compatible feet are available here: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/kenmore-158-18023-sewing-machine-parts.aspx . This site also has an adapter for connecting Kenmore-compatible low shank presser feet to the Kenmore 158.19411 .

I hope this helps.

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How can I find accessories for an old machine?


Sewing shops are loaded with this stuff. You can order online too. You'll need the make & model number. Do a little research, I think Kenmores are simply repackaged Singers.

Aug 05, 2015 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Can't get my presser foot to fall down when I let go of the lifter on my Pfaff 6085 sewing machine


Sounds as if the spring for the presser bar is broken OR the presser bar is dirty and needs cleaned and oiled.

Feb 25, 2013 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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I have a pfaff hobbylock 796.


Has any little kids been around lately? Have they had access to your sewing area and machine? (thinking perhaps the pressure foot tension has been tightened down) If it has been tightened, losen it a couple turns, see if that helps (remember, left to loosen, right to tighten)

When is the last time you oiled this machine? Typically sergers require a clean and oil each time you go to use them. Locate the bar that correlates to the presser foot add a drop of oil to the bar and let it seep in. After a few minutes try lifting the presser foot.

Also does the presser foot lever move at all?

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How do i re-install the all purpose foot back onto the machine


take the presser bar lifter & lift it up, if you look close it has a small notch under the front
place the all purpose foot down under the presser bar, make sure the presser bar notch get on to the pin that's across the top of the purpose foot & they should snap togeather

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How do I install my darning foot?


First, raise the presser bar, remove the presser foot, the presser foot holder and screw.

Turn the handwheel to bring the needle to its highest position.

Place the darning foot on the presser bar and make sure that the metal bar of the darning foot is above the needle clamp and put the screw back on and tighten.

As the needle bar raises and lowers, the foot will hop up and down slightly.

Make sure that you always lower the presser bar when using this foot. Lower the feed dogs also if your machine has this feature.

Aug 20, 2009 | Kenmore 15343

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Can't lift handle for my foot presser


Take the machine apart to the point where you can see the pivot point for the presser bar lifter and spray WD40. Let sit for a few hours and try again. Repeat until the presser bar lifter releases.

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May 18, 2009 | Kenmore 15208 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Presser foot lever does not lift presser foot


If you can remove the cover on the left side you will see the presser foot bar. On the bar there will be a screw that may be loose. Turn the handwheel until the needle is all the way down and lift the foot manually until just before it makes contact with the needle clamp and tighten the screw on the presser foot bar.
That should do it.

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