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Kenmore sewing machine frozen

Sears Kenmore sewing machine model 158 14100. Hand wheel and clutch are frozen.


It sewed for over an hour - no problem, then froze up.


I had it cleaned an oil about a year ago but have not used it much since. When I got it back, the clutch and hand wheel did not move independently (I seem to recall they did before, for the purpose of filling bobbins)


Could they have missed some spots that needed oil or could they have tightened the wheels too much?


What could be wrong?


Thank you very much!


Rene

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Vintage sewing machines can provide decades of reliable service with good maintenance. I see you had the maintenance done and ended with a problem. I was able to locate a similar question that suggests a substitute manual to use. I attached the link to that manual below. I hope this helps while you wait for the expert to review and respond.
by Manage My Life
February 26th, 2012
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Sam A
Thank you for your question Rene on the frozen hand wheel.

It is possible that if they had the hand wheel off, they may have put the clutch drive washer back in the wrong position.

Please locate and remove the small screw in the hand wheel lock nut on the end of the hand wheel.

Next turn the lock nut knob counterclockwise to remove.

This will expose the clutch drive washer. Remove the washer and turn 1/2 turn and re-install the drive clutch and then re-install lock nut knob and install the small screw.

Please let me know if that helped.

If that does not help please reply and we can continue to troubleshoot with that information.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 735 community points in Appliances
February 27th, 2012
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Thank you both for brilliant solutions!
Sam, you pointed to exactly what was wrong - as soon as I removed the washer and turned it a half turn the sewing machine began working beautifully again! (I couldn't imagine what difference it could make until I saw the shape of that washer. It was also on backwards...)
Barbara, thank you for the links to the user manuals. They helped, too!

I do have another question concerning the light bulb. Again, this became a problem only after I got the machine back from cleaning... When I started the machine, the light bulb "blew" out. I replaced the bulb only to have it blow out, too. Could the people who cleaned the machine have created a short or crossed some wires? I am able to sew without that light, but it would sure make it easier to have it back...

I am just amazed at the great advice you've provided. Many thanks again.

Rene
by Manage My Life
March 3rd, 2012
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Sam A
Thank you for the update and you are welcome. Now for the light bulb problem. I do not think that that service crossed any wires because they would have no need to deal with the wiring on the machine. Of course anything is possible.
Is it possible that you may have the wrong light bulb for the socket?
If you can, I would suggest looking into the socket base to see if it has one or two contact points.
If the contact points in the socket match the light bulb contact points then I would suspect that the push button switch has failed or the light bulb socket is bad.
The problem is that most of these electrical parts for these old machines are no longer available.

Please let me know what you find out about the socket and light bulb.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 735 community points in Appliances
March 5th, 2012
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Hi Sam, I need your help! PLEASE! I have a Shark Euro-Pro sewing machine. My hand wheel is frozen and won't budge. I was sewing some thick curtains and then heard a squeaking sound coming from the mid-top-right of the machine. Then the needle started to move slower and I felt the machine getting stiffer. So now the needle or the hand wheel won't move, the motor is on and I can hear it when I press the pedal.

I even opened it up -- but I can't figure out what it is.
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March 26th, 2013
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