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I have a Kenmore Ultrastitch 8 sewing maching. The clutch won't tighten properly.

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Has this been taken apart recently for servicing? It could be a keyed washer reversed or the limiter screw on the wrong side of a tang. It just needs to be reassembled properly.
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Posted on Nov 13, 2010

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