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How to remove front cover on a kenmore 8 sewing machine - model 158.1255181. I've removed all the screws I can find, it's still tight and machine is nearly seized.

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SOURCE: Kenmore sewing machine manual for model # 148 12080. (older)

i have a older kenmore sewing machine model #148.19370

Posted on Sep 17, 2008



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SOURCE: Bernette 800D seized up

Please don't use WD40 on your sewing machine, WD40 is an alcohol based cleaner and will do the opposite of lubricate. Take your machine to a certified Bernina Repair shop, they will have a look at the timing and lubricate all of your gears. Lubricant will dry out over time, grease turns to putty and oils turn to varnish after several years of non-service. Lint is attracted to moisture, moisture being those key areas of any machine. Lint acts like an oil wick and will draw out your lubricant from key areas. It then begins to attract dust and other nasty things over the years to become grit. Your motor begins to burn out due to stress trying to move all of these clocked gears, cams and shafts. Take your machine in!

Posted on Dec 10, 2008



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SOURCE: Kenmore Sewing Machine Model #158.18032

You probably have a bind in the feed dog mechanism. If you can remove the covers and manually force them down you will see the hinge points that need to be oiled.
Unplug first!
Good luck.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

ken dourof

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SOURCE: Hand wheel on Kenmore model 1345 sewing machine

Take the bobbin and bobbin case out first of all and check for any minute pieces of thread stuck, lightly poil with WD40, find out where the squeak is, very important otherwise the machine may seize and it will cost a lot of money, oil all moving parts lightly

Posted on Jun 27, 2010

kory prata

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SOURCE: How do I get my sewing machine apart? I have all the screws out but it's tight around the wheel and I can't get it apart.

i am alwase taking things apart and when that happens i drill a small hole where there is no circuit boards, wires, or machinery and put a flat head screw driver in the hole and peel the two pieces apart

Posted on Aug 13, 2012

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1. Newer machines are more difficult. You will have to find the hidden screws behind little plugs. You just pull out the plugs using a very thin screwdriver.
2. The next trick is to pull the machine apart. Their are snaps to unsnap by pulling. Pull a little on areas to see where the snap areas are holding parts tightly together. You will have to pull hard to get these areas unsnapped. You will get it but it takes a little work. Don't pry with your screwdriver or you will ruin the appearance.
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4. Whichever you are working on use some masking tape to mark the screws or hold the screws in the holes they come out of. If you don't do this you may have a problem when it comes time to reassemble.

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