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« on: May 15, 2007 11:41:51 AM »

Alright, I feel incredibly silly asking this, but I cannot figure out how to start stitching.  I am under the impression most sewing machines have a foot petal, but this one does not.

At first I thought that perhaps the petal had been lost over the years, but the owners manual says nothing about having one at all.

After looking some things up on Google I read about a few sewing machines that don't use a petal, but simply have a push button.  I also can't find a button, and once again the manual doesn't say anything about having one. Huh

Here is a picture of my machine.  It is a Sears Kenmore Model 48.
...Can anyone help me out?



(I do hope I am putting this in the correct spot.  I am going to make a bag, and I know you all use sewing machines.)

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2007 11:46:29 AM »

sorry, I can't help.  Just wanted to say your machine looks snazzy and I hope you figure it out.  Good luck!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007 12:44:38 PM »

It might be more helpful to post what the manual says.  The only copies I could find were for sale.  The only page I could get a look at was the bobbin adjusting page on one of the eBay auctions.  Since it tells you how to adjust the bobbin, it should have some directions on how to get it to go.  Wink  It looks like  a nice machine. There's no chance it's supposed to be a treadle machine that got separated, is there? (does it have an electrical cord?)
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007 01:08:52 PM »

No, it definitely has an electrical cord (and yes, it's pluggled in. Cheesy)

The manual goes into great detail about many things...but it never says how to get it going, it simply says "start machine."

Example:
"...insert the needle into the material by turning the hand wheel toward you, lower presser foot and start sewing."

I know that it has a clutch knob, and I can make stitches by turning that knob or by turning the hand wheel...but the thing has a motor, and its definitely not running.



It might be more helpful to post what the manual says.  The only copies I could find were for sale.  The only page I could get a look at was the bobbin adjusting page on one of the eBay auctions.  Since it tells you how to adjust the bobbin, it should have some directions on how to get it to go.  Wink  It looks like  a nice machine. There's no chance it's supposed to be a treadle machine that got separated, is there? (does it have an electrical cord?)
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2007 01:14:50 PM »

I have never heard of a machine that didn't have some kind of 'foot' to control the speed of the stitches and to stop and start the stitching. Some older machines did have a 'foot' that was controled by your knee. I would suggest looking under the machine, inside the cabinet, and see if there is a lever that you could push with your knee.

Also, look directly under the wheel and see if there is an outlet there. If there is, you are missing the foot. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2007 01:16:45 PM »

Charliebrown beat me to my post.

There's GOTTA be a foot/knee control somewhere.
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2007 01:17:00 PM »

Try turning the circle thingy on the right. Like you would to make the machine do single stitches if you had a machine with a pedal. That might work. Huh
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2007 01:20:52 PM »

Ha ha!  thank you, I certainly did find a lever!  Now its just a matter of getting it to work...it only seems to want to make a horrible buzzing noise.  Oh well, thank you!

I have never heard of a machine that didn't have some kind of 'foot' to control the speed of the stitches and to stop and start the stitching. Some older machines did have a 'foot' that was controled by your knee. I would suggest looking under the machine, inside the cabinet, and see if there is a lever that you could push with your knee.
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2007 01:22:35 PM »

Glad you found it. If the machine hasn't been used in awhile, it might need a good oiling to get it to move smoothly.
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2007 01:29:04 PM »

I'm sure it needs some oil, it hasn't been used in years. (It belonged to my great grandmother who died in '99)  The main problem seems to be that the rubber track that loops the motor to the hand wheel is a tad to large now.  At least I know that can be fixed.  Thank you again for the tip!

Glad you found it. If the machine hasn't been used in awhile, it might need a good oiling to get it to move smoothly.

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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2007 04:37:20 PM »

On my old singer you have to pull the knee pedal from horizontal to vertical position. Then press it to "go". Maybe it's not all the way engaged.
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2007 06:17:48 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2007 06:23:55 AM »

Since it hasn't been used for awhile, you should take it in for a tuneup. Ideally, sewing machines are tuned every year or 2.  You can look in your yellow pages for a sewing machine place.  The repair people can give you some tips on how to use it.
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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2007 09:16:04 AM »

I've got nothing to add except that the title of this thread is the funniest thing I've read in a while!  I'm glad you found the lever and I hope you  have years of sewing pleasure with that wonderful machine!

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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2007 02:05:20 PM »

It's possible that you've disengaged the motor by loosening the center knob in the middle of the big knob on the Right hand side of your machine (you would normally do this, or turn it counter clockwise,  to wind a bobbin on the top of your machine). To tighten it, hold the big knob or wheel,  on the right hand side of your machine, with your left hand, and then tighten  the center knob to the Right (clockwise direction) while you hold the other with your left.

Clear as mud, huh?

Well, when you take your machine in to be cleaned, you can ask about it....I'm going to feel pretty dumb if there aren't two wheelie-knobs one on top of the other on that Right hand side.
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« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2007 02:08:02 PM »

Incidentally, I grew up using a knee lever on my mom's sewing machine and I LOVED it, and hated having to switch over to a foot pedal for my serger.... simple preference, but I'm teachable, I hope.
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« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2007 07:54:25 PM »

ha ha, don't worry, I actually understand exactly what you are saying, and yes there are two knobs, so no reason to feel dumb! I'll make sure to give it a try.

It's possible that you've disengaged the motor by loosening the center knob in the middle of the big knob on the Right hand side of your machine (you would normally do this, or turn it counter clockwise,  to wind a bobbin on the top of your machine). To tighten it, hold the big knob or wheel,  on the right hand side of your machine, with your left hand, and then tighten  the center knob to the Right (clockwise direction) while you hold the other with your left.

Clear as mud, huh?

Well, when you take your machine in to be cleaned, you can ask about it....I'm going to feel pretty dumb if there aren't two wheelie-knobs one on top of the other on that Right hand side.
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