20 Most Recent Kenmore 15516 Mechanical Sewing Machine Questions & Answers


Can't get the clutch to disengage so that I can wind the bobbin

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3/28/2019 8:40:47 AM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Mar 28, 2019

Thread is bunching underneath fabric

Needle in correct? Be sure your bobbin is not in upside down and turning the wrong way. Possibly the hook that the bobbicase fits in/on has been hit by a needle and caused a burr that is catching the thread as it comes around. The burr would have to be polished off or hook replaced. The machine could be slightly out of time also.
9/21/2018 2:41:47 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Sep 21, 2018


Those round items are more than likely stitch cams. I had an older model similar to this and my machine would run zig-zag or straight stitch without any cam installed. Being that your machine is older, I'm wondering how long it has been since it has been cleaned and thoroughly oiled, These old machines tend to be forgotten for long periods of time and the oil dries out causing the machine to seize. It is important to keep them oiled EVEN when not used. To avoid damaging your machine, give it some well-appreciated TLC. You'll be amazed at how well it will run! Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...
12/31/2017 6:25:48 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Dec 31, 2017

The fabric doesn't move forward.


What is the length set at?

Are the feed dogs visible at the needle plate?

What does the design look like in the pattern box?

Have you tried it on the straight stitch to see if is effected also?

8/10/2016 9:05:42 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Aug 10, 2016

Bought at thrift sale with no owners manual can you help me find a website that i can order one by looking at the machine? It was a home ec machine so i have no idenification on it

you might take it to a sewing machine shop and see if they can tell you anything about it..
5/3/2016 10:03:51 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on May 03, 2016

Needle thread tangling around bobbin

There should be a screw on the side of the bobbin also a screw on the bobbin holder so that you can ajust so you can time the mechin
11/21/2015 6:05:03 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Nov 21, 2015

Zig Zag stitch not working

Is it not working at all or just some of the time? If it is picking up the thread some of the time then the height of the needle might need to be adjusted if the needle is new and good. First change the needle and see if that fixes it but if it doesn't then you may have to bring the machine in to have someone adjust the needle height so that the needle and bobbin are hitting where they are supposed to. Good luck
1/28/2015 10:53:13 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Jan 28, 2015

Kenmore sewing machine needle doesn't move.. won't go up and down.. the motor is running

Sounds like the drive from the motor to the needle head has worn or is broken. You really need an engineer for this one. Hope this helps.
8/21/2014 6:48:16 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Aug 21, 2014

Problem with the Kenmore 15516 Mechanical Sewing

have you try the yellow pages of your phone book for a repair shop
8/17/2014 9:55:10 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Aug 17, 2014

How to put the string on the sewing machine?

See about getting an instruction manual : www.kenmore.com/kenmore-sewing-machines.../b-1040031
7/14/2014 2:31:23 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Jul 14, 2014

After I threaded the bobbin on my 158.15250 kenmore sewing machine, now my machine runs slowly How do I fix this problem

If you turn the handwheel by hand is it stiff?
6/28/2014 12:30:18 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Jun 28, 2014

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Singer sewing machine needle moving to the side after it's in the fabric for a zigzag stitch

If you can grab the hand wheel and move it right and left, then it probably needs a plastic collar that goes next to the left upper shaft bushing. If not then the cam timing needs to be adjusted.
3/15/2014 8:51:40 PM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Mar 15, 2014

Bobbin thread bunches

Make sure you are using a correct needle, that it is inserted correctly, that it is threaded correctly, and that top tension is set correctly. Any of those four things will cause that. Other than that, it might be a timing issue which calls for a repair person.
12/14/2013 8:59:03 AM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Dec 14, 2013

Clutch wheel locked up on 158.19410

Maria I have a Kenmore 15611 and had the same problem. One thing I did was use channel lock pliers be sure to use heavy towel to keep from scratching. Do not remove the little screw on the clutch wheel. I did this and now the needle won't go up and down. Still need solution.
12/10/2013 12:09:52 AM • Kenmore 15516... • Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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