Question about Kenmore 15358

2 Answers

Kenmore 15358 going way to fast for a beginner

I purchased the Kenmore 15358 to use as a beginner machine however the petal speed control is too sensitive and I'm having problems sewing at slow speeds. It seems to jump from not moving to speeding off with just the slightest degree change. I'm trying to quilt and I just can't get the machine to slow down without straining some leg muscles. I've used other older machines in the past and never noticed this problem. It seems to me that my speed control is off or there should be a way to have a more gradual change.

Any suggestions?

Posted by on

Ad

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 29 Answers

We just acquired a Kenmore machine from ~1968 that had poor speed control. The wiring and contacts were ok.

This pedal control works by a rather old method know as a carbon pile rheostat. It contains a ceramic block, with two cylindrical holes, inside of which are stacked dozens of graphite disks. Pushing the pedal compresses the stack, lower resistance, and increasing the electrical current through the motor.

Replacement controls are available from $13 (www.sewingmachinesplus.com) to $60 (www.sewvacdoctor), including Kenmore - $30. Rewiring may be necessary to fit the old plug to the new control.

Another option is time-intensive, but gets the job done in an hour or so and saves the cost of replacement. I removed the wires from the aparatus (2 screws) and the ceramic block from the pedal case (1 screw). The carbon discs are held in the block by the brass fitting that also is the connector for the wires. I removed the screw holding this fitting to the ceramic block, and spilled the discs onto my desk. Note that there are also graphite front and back of pile pieces; make sure they go back in the right position as you reassemble the pile. (Your working surface is going to collect carbon powder - so use something cleanable.) Some of the discs were shiny; some had one or both sides covered with a black carbon powder.

Separate the discs into clean and dirty ones. Clean the dirty ones on both sides using a eraser, holding the discs still with finger-tip pressure on the edge and moving around the disc to clean it all - maybe 1/2 minute to a minute per disc.

I mounted the ceramic block in a taped dispenser stand to hold the hole vertical, and inserted the front-end piece. Then I dropped in the discs one-by-one. Finally I screwed down the brass fitting and reassembled the control.
The difference was amazing!

Posted on Nov 01, 2009

Ad
  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Kenmore Master
  • 1,388 Answers

If it is still under qarantee (<12mths old) call the dealer where you bought it, express your concerns and arrange to meet and show them the issue.

Posted on Sep 04, 2009

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
New users get to try the service completely Free afterwhich it costs $6 per call and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Ibuy a used machine and need the user manual what i have to do


google search; kenmore 15358 sewing machine manual then down load the one you want

Apr 04, 2014 | Kenmore 15358

1 Answer

I NEED THE USER MANUAL FOR THE 15358


http://www.shopyourway.com/manuals/140371 is the service manual
http://c.searspartsdirect.com/mmh/lis_pdf/OWNM/L0908315.pdf is the owner's manual

Apr 04, 2014 | Kenmore 15358

1 Answer

Speed control of my 550 empisal sewing machine is slow


I suggest having the machine check to see what's wrong with the speed control.

Apr 02, 2014 | Kenmore 15358

1 Answer

I have an old sewing machine in my attic, i just recently put it to use. but i cant seem to find the reverse stitch button. im only 14, it was my moms sewing machine. but shes no longer with us, so im...


I've got a Kenmore sewing machine and the back stitch is a button/lever on the front of the machine. It has to be held down when you want to back stitch, because when you let it go it stitches forward again. Hopefully that helps, I'm not sure what yours looks like. ( I couldn't find pictures of your model online anywhere.) :)

Aug 08, 2010 | Kenmore 15358

1 Answer

Hi there my kenmore sewing machine will not stitch. it was working before however now does not work


Is your needle in backwards? Check this and review your threading also.

Oct 07, 2009 | Kenmore 15358

1 Answer

Model No. 15358. I am having problems with my



Check the timing of the needle to the hook. Here is a guide to generic principles of Timing
http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Repair/Sewing%20Machine%20Hook%20Timing.htm

Sep 04, 2009 | Kenmore 15358

1 Answer

Thread goes off screw when i start sewing


Could it be that the feed dogs are down? I also have the 15358 and when I opened the bobbin area to clean it, I had this problem. Apparently, when you open the clips around the outside of the casing, it pushes the lever that adjusts the feed dogs to the right (lowering them). I didn't even realize it at first. Check your manual for adjusting this lever to raise the feed dogs. That might solve your problem.

Kenmore Owners Manual

Jul 03, 2009 | Kenmore 15358

Not finding what you are looking for?
Kenmore 15358 Logo

302 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kenmore Sewing Machines Experts

Tally Girl
Tally Girl

Level 3 Expert

1129 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

Irene Tulloch

Level 2 Expert

460 Answers

Are you a Kenmore Sewing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...