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Kenmore Model 1941 sewing machine

On my model 1941 Sears Kenmore sewing machine, the stitch selector no longer allows me to pick a stitch other than straight, back stitch, zigzag. The stitch that I use a lot is the smocking stitch. The stitches do not come close together. Like it is skipping a stitch. The back stitch works fine.

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by afritz afritz Earned 46,230 community points in Kenmore
November 15th, 2011
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Sam A
Thank you for your question on the machine not letting you completes the stitch you are looking for.

Do you have the modifier to the white dot position and the stitched selector to the smocking location on the stitch selector?

Is it that the selector will not go to that position or will it not complete the stitch?

If it is the latter then your shuttle hook may be out of time with the needle.

If you try the regular zigzag at the widest stitch setting and have the feed rate at about four does the machine catch both sides of the wide zigzag.

If it does not then it sounds like it is out of time or the shuttle needs a good cleaning, or you have some needle strikes on the shuttle hook that is causing it not to sew.

It sounds like the reverse is working fine.

We can determine if the machine is out of time if you will please remove the bobbin case and then open the shuttle race and leave the shuttle hook in place.

Set the machine to straight stitch and by turning the hand wheel observe if the point of the shuttle hook is directly behind the eye of the needle when you move the needle bar down to the bottom of its stroke and then come back up about 3/16 of an inch of the bottom. The very point of the shuttle hook should be right behind the vertical center of the needle just above the eye of the needle.

If it is not at that location the machine will have to be re-timed by a service technician unless you think you can do it with some instructions.

Please let me know what you would like to do.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 29,003 community points in Kenmore
November 16th, 2011
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Thank you for your input.
The modifier does go over to the white dot with no problem.
I tried a regular zigzag at the widest stitch setting & the longest stitch setting. I am not sure what you refer to when you say "feed rate". With the machine set up as stated, it zigzags like it is suppose to.
When I checked to see if the machine is out of time, I could not determine where the shuttle point is because it is on the inside of the shuttle. However, the the 2 flat edges with an opening between them(looks like a V) the needle just clears the end of them (between the 2 edges) at the bottom of the down stroke. Since I can't determine where the shuttle point is I am not sure if it is correct or not.

I would like to try the instructions for setting the timing is they are easy to follow & are in terms that a lay person would understand.

Thank you again.
by Manage My Life
November 17th, 2011
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Sam A
Thank you for the update on the sewing machine. If the machine will wide zigzag correctly it is not out of time.

If you are referring to the stretch stitch not backing up and the needle landing in the same hole, then the stretch stitch modifier will have to be adjusted so the two steps forward and one step backwards will land in the same holes as the previous stitches.

Please let me know if that is the issue.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 29,003 community points in Kenmore
November 18th, 2011
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I have been given an older Model 1941, according to the previous owner it was serviced about a year ago and not used much since. It runs great except for this:

The "Special Stitch Dial" outer rim that controls the stitch width does not move independently of the center dial which sets the special stitches.

Any tips on what may be the problem? I could not find anything in the manual that goes over this as a potential problem or that there is something I should be doing to release the two dials to move independently.

So obviously I can only access the stitches that re in the range of the stitch width selection, but not all of them on the dial.

Thanks for any help,
by Manage My Life
April 23rd, 2013
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