So I got a vintage Kenmore. Mostly I'm delighted with it, all metal, and Sears still carries all the replacement parts. Rad.
One problem...the clutch knob won't flippin' move, so I can't just wind bobbins without the needle moving. It's not a push-pull, it's a turn-toward-you-to-wind-bobbins deal. I imagine that running the needle while winding bobbins dulls the needle, and probably does other bad stuff, so I'd like to get this stupid clutch knob working.
I've taken it apart as much as seems prudent, and oiled the hell out of it, but nothing. I have a big, strong male roommate, but I'm scared to sucker him into using brute force to turn it, because I'm afraid something is bend or something, and it'll break more. The machine RUNS fine, and I'd like to not break it while trying to fix it. I tried taking the screw that is on the outside of the clutch knob off, but that does absolutely nothing. I suspect something is rusted in there, but I can't get to it to oil it.
I live in New York City, so the idea of finding a place that services machines, and actually GETTING it there (no carrying case, and it's HEAVY) is tricky. Plus, I'm pretty handy and I wanna do it myself, dammit.
It's a 158.1351, which apparently is not a common model, but the machine LOOKS more like this
I've emailed SewVac Doctor
, but I figured SOMEONE in the world of crafter might have insight!