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Kenmore 385 sewing machine gets stuck in reverse

The reverse button gets stuck when I use it. I am able to take the side cover off and use a screw driver to pop it back out but what can I do so that it won't keep doing this? Thanks!

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Make sure that your machine is set to sew forward. The reverse button on your machine should have a spring loaded return. If the spring is in place, and doesn't appear stretched, try a drop (just a drop) of sewing machine oil. Please use sewing machine oil. Not WD-40, or any other household oil. If the machine hasn't been serviced in a while, or used alot recently, they knob may need to be "reminded" that its supposed to go in and out. :) After applying the oil, push the knob in and pop it back out like you have been. If nothing else is wrong, it should loosen up and move freely.

Posted on Dec 04, 2007

  • betsykf Sep 16, 2010

    I have a similar problem my montgomery ward signiture will only sew in reverse, unless I press the reverse button, then it sews forward. The problem is in the motor, because when I just turn the fly wheel towards me the feed dogs go in the right direction.. I tried switching the connectors in the motor, but nothing changed. the motor still rotates backward. any suggestions short of building a mount to hold motor away from machine in the opposite direction?



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