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My sears sewing machine all of a sudden started moving slowly but the motor sounds like it is moving fast. It barely moves and will not sew. Any ideas?

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Check your wheel and see if the small wheel inside of it is tightened, I suspect that you had wound a bobin recently and didn't tighten it back enough

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I have a sears kenmore sewing machine model 148-13100 where is oil needed?

If it is an older mechanical machine, 1-2 drops oil (ONLY fresh, good quality sewing machine oil) applied every place where metal rubs against metal. AVOID belts, plastic gears, CAMS. Slowly hand-rotate or wiggle the handwheel, watch where metal parts move against each other and apply a couple drops. Be sure to get the top mechanism, the side mechanism where the needlebar is located, and under the sewing surface, ie the feed dogs area. Also, move levers and dials and apply a couple drops where metal rubs metal.


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Is it an older mechanical machine (not computerized)? Bet it needs a good oiling. Old oil will dry out and turn to glue/varnish and actually prevents parts from moving and dragging on the motor. Use only fresh good quality sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube. Open the top, left side, and bottom of the machine. Slightly rock the handwheel and apply 1-2 drops of oil every place metal rubs on metal. Do NOT oil rubber, leather, or synthetic/nylon parts.

If it is still sluggish, you can direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the interior mechanics of the machine to help loosen things.

Older machines do need frequent oiling--ie, every time a new sewing project is begun or every six months if not in use. If a large project like a quilt, more frequent oiling may be needed. When you become familiar with the pleasing sound of a well-running machine, you will recognize when it needs some TLC.


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Sounds like it has seized due to lack of cleaning and oiling. Should probably take it in for service.

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How do I fix the mechanism for the needle. Needle barely moves and will not go down through fabric

If it is a mechanical machine, it most likely needs a thorough cleaning and oiling. If not oiled frequently, the old oil turns to a goo or varnish and prevents the parts from moving freely. Do not force the motor to try to run your machine as it will most likely damage the motor.

Might be best to take it for a standard service.

If you have the patience and time, you can try fixing it yourself:

In the future, be sure to clean and oil regularly (every 40 hours of sewing, every 6 months if not in use). Use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil, applying 1-2 drops of oil each spot. Consult the owner's manual for instructions.


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Sews very slowly/thread breaks

Welcome to the world of old dried out machines. Stop trying to sew until you have serviced the machine. Start by unplugging it.

Look in the bobbin area for lint and bits of thread wrapped around things. Clean it well.

You don't say what make or model of machine but get some sewing machine oil and find the oil ports and oil, and work it free. Oil where the arms connect, oil the needle bar... if it has an external motor, remove the belt and open the motor.... pull armeture and take some steel wool to the 'copper part" grease the ends and put it back together (make sure the little shims go back in the correct spots.)
Clear and oil the oil ports at each end of the motor.

Lift the maching to it's back and oil where all the arms connect.

Work slowly and methodically. Clean old, apply new... also look for misshapen parts, bent parts, etc.

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since the machine has been setting for 20 years, it needs to be serviced
the old grease & oil have probably turned the gunk. the servicing can also tell if any parts are damaged

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Sounds like a tension problem maybe. Too tight tension will bend, and break the needle, especially if sewing fast in free machine embroidery, in this mode, the tensions have to be looser anyway. I can't explain why the wheel flagged and stopped, but experiment with tensions first.

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