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Sears Kenmore Model # 5186 Problem with stitch length

Hi, My Mom gave me her old Sears Kenmore sewing machine, model # 5186 because my machine was on the fritz. I got it already to use, put the bottom knob on S for straight stitch and the stitch length knob WOULD turn, but not adjust the stitch length. No matter what number I put it on, it gives me the same super small stitch ... too small for my fabric. I have no idea where to start to fix it. Please help.. now I have two non-working machines :(

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    I don't have the same problem but I do have the same machine and all I want is a manual for it so I can't operate it properly. My Dad bought it for me over 30 yrs. ago and I decided to start sewing again. Please help with things costing as they do I don't want to invest in a new one. Thanks

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I had same problem. Took the dial off and turned by hand.

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