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My clutch knob is stuck. I can spin a bobbin and fill it but the knob will not turn away from me now.

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The clutch will not release in order to fill a bobbin. Past owners have been directed to remove the clutch knob. How do you remove the clutch knob?

Hi Victor, In general all sewing machines have the same basic design. So, if you take hold of the big 'wheel' on the right of the machine with your left hand and take hold of the knob in the centre of the wheel with your right hand you should be able to turn the knob anticlockwise. That's the cluch disengaged. You should now be able to fill a bobbin. Don't forget to engage the clutch before sewing (just reverse the process).

Jul 16, 2015 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Brother sewing machine XL2010...How do I remove clutch relase knob?

Remove the metal screw on the end of the clutch knob. Then remove the knob and make sure the metal key is aligned in the hole. Then reattach the knob and the screw and keep sewing.

Feb 18, 2015 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Disengage clutch kenmore sewing machine is the manual. Turn the center of the handwheel knob toward to you to disengage the clutch.

Dec 26, 2013 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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The clutch on my kenmore 1310 won't disengage when i go to wind the bobbin. i turn the clutch knob toward me, and the clutch is still engaged.the machine needle continues to operate while i wind the bobbin

May be one of two problems.
1st you should be able to turn the nob about 90-120 degrees. Not a full turn.
If this is not the case follow these steps.

Turn the small screw on the nob about 2 full turns
Carefully turn the nob all the way off.
Inside there is a round part with 3 small prongs on it.
spin that 180 degree and put everything back together.

2nd your clutch is gummed up
You will need to remove the handwheel and motor belt for this.
Remove the nob, small 3 prong part, and motor belt.
Pull the handwheel off (it may be stuck on and hard to get off).
Clean inside the handwheel and the machine main shaft.
Lubricate the Main shaft and put handwheel back on.
When you put the small 3 prong part back on it needs to have the prongs sticking away from the machine.

Hope this fixes your machine

Apr 06, 2011 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Kenmore sewing machine Model 1602: I was filling a bobbin and when I went back to sewing - the needle won't go up and down. Motor runs when I press on the footpad. It is as if the clutch is stuck as well...

Sound like you need to take it out of bobbin winder mode. Suggest looking for a way to engage the clutch. Turn the center knob on hand wheel and or move the bobbin winding post back to postion.

The center hand wheel should move about 1/3 turn towards you to look it back into place.

Feb 09, 2011 | Kenmore 15516 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a kenmore sewing machine model #385.1249180. I cannot disengage the clutch knob from the hand wheel when I spin my bobbins, therefore the needle moves up and down as the bobbins spins thread. Do You...

Usually when you pull the clutch knob out it disengages the sewing machine needle shaft. At least, that is how my 2 Kenmore's work. You can always take your machine into Sears sewing department and ask the sewing machine salespeople for help, they are really helpful in my area and more than happy to help you for free. Good luck

Dec 23, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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On my Kenmore 15250 sewing machine to wind the bobbin I need to release the clutch by turning clutch knob towards me, so says the instructions booklet. But the clutch knob does not move apart from the...

On my Kenmore I had to pull the knob out to release the clutch, then push it bak in. I don't know if that is the same for you. You can try it, if it doesn;t move, it was worth a try. You could just take to Sears, sewing machine department and ask the salesperson what to do, they should help you for free, our Sears is pretty good about such matters.

Sep 13, 2010 | Kenmore 15208 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Bobbin filling

The handwheel may have a pull out/push in action to disengage/engage the clutch, or it may automatically disengage when the bobbin winder is moved to the right for winding........hold a short tail of thread to get it started and you should be away.

Move the winder to the left for sewing, or push handwheel in, according to the mechanism.

May 31, 2008 | White Sewing 2999 Mechanical Sewing...

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Kenmore sewing machine 15008100 not working

Was all well and working before you did work on the bobbin area ?

Ensure the machine is unplugged & bobbin winder is set OFF as there is a clutch preventing the needle arm to operate when bobbin winding......remove the needle.

If you take the bobbin and hook out, can you manually rotate the handwheel forwards ?

If yes, this suggests they are not inserted quite right, or the timing is out of adjustment.

Can you rotate the handwheel backwards ? On some machines the clutch allows for reverse travel freely, but only around the 15 degrees you mention forward when the top cover is off.....there may be a broken or dislodged spring unit/armature inside top near the handwheel and bobbin winder assembly that is acting as though the top cover is open (a safety feature)....generally towards the rear of machine and acting like a log thrown into a gear.

This may help straight away, or only just start to unravell the cause....

If you want any more help with this, just post back here, or, drop a line through the "Contact Us" page at

Mar 16, 2008 | Sewing Machines

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Kenmore Sewing Machine model # c877.15

I have a Kenmore as well ,I hope that this will work for you ,too bad that I don't live close to you otherwise I would give a hand. This is the way I fill the bobbin on mine. Mine is located on the top right ,I put the thread into the bobbin hole leaving a small piece of thread hanging for me to hold when I begin the winding, I pull the wheele out to stop the needle from moving while winding, when I am done just push it back in .I run the thread from the spool into the top left it looks like a U turn with a screw go around that without winding just pull it into the bobbin hole. press the foot control and it will begin winding .

Jul 17, 2007 | Kenmore 15208 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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