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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2003 08:00:17 AM »

need help with sewing machine!!!

got my mom's sewing machine as a gift - was given to her as a wedding present in 1975 - never used once!!!



this is my machine a kenmore 385 1249 .... etc

now i plugged it in cleaned it up - but i took out the bobbin case  to put a bobbin in and i can't figure it out - i haven't sewn since 7th grade home ec. - i cant even figure out how to put the bobbin case back in correctly-
 my mom had lost the manual -

also - big issue - i turn it on press foot pedal and hear the motor go but the needle doesn't move - i can move the needle manually by turning the wheel thingy - what should i do - any advice - any help - please help me!!!
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2003 08:51:49 AM »

I'm not too sure about the bobbin thing but as far as the motor going and the needle not moving...there's usually a button that you flip to wind the thread around the bobbin.  Usually, if that switch is flipped, the machine engine will go, the bobbin will turn, and the needle won't move.

Many a times I have totally forgotten that the little button was up and confused why my needle wasn't working! Just a thought!

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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2003 09:13:26 AM »

hmmmm - not a clue - can you look at the diagram of my machine - and tell me if you see something that looks like what you are talking about .... also the needle moves when i turn the manual wheel turny thing - should it if that lever is not in the right position???
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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2003 03:25:45 PM »

I can't be certain, but the bobbin switch is inside of the hand wheel (marked as the clutch knob on your illustration). I think my explaination for your needle not moving is wrong though b/c with mine, when the knob is in bobbin mode, the needle doesn't move at all even with the hand wheel. Sorry I couldn't have been more help!

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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2003 07:28:30 PM »

You need to make sure the clutch is engaged. (yes - even this tiny engine has a clutch) I have a Kenmore (which I hate - see my previous posts). I think you either need to push the clutch knob in or pull it out.  But from the description, I think it needs to be pushed in.

I have a different model of machine but, I could scan my manual for you if you need it. Could be helpful ^_^    
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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2003 07:37:41 AM »

(I *finally* checked back)

Thanks for the praise animegirlie & beeosh! So glad you like my work. It keeps me going.  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2003 11:06:50 AM »

that would be amazing if you could scan the manual - i would be completely your slave forever - Smiley
how old is your machine Huh

thanks
the clutch is that knobby round thing next to the needle???
--- stupid question i just read one post up ...lol - the knob - clutch is around the manual hand wheel --- i cried to my man last night "please buy me my sewing machine i want i am so frustrated the thing doesn't even have a manual"

i have been bugging him about the brother nx600 since 2 months before my bday in sept and he said he would get it but it was postponed because of the closing of our 2nd house.......... so i wait patiently and try to fix this old thing
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« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2003 05:34:23 PM »

I make no promises about scanning quickly.....but it will get done. Super busy on a contract at the moment.

The clutch is the bit I highlighted from your original picture. You'll notice 2 ring like things stuck to the side of your machine opposite from the needle. the clutch "Should" be the one in the middle.



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« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2003 07:55:24 AM »

i can't wait for you to scan the manual - i totally appreciate it - take your time - however i tried the clutch thing and .... nothing yet - i think i just need to wait to see the manual!
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« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2003 09:32:35 PM »

Steph! I may be mailing you my manual!

The SO has declared that if it costs more than $60  bucks to repair my machine then we will buy a new one. Crossing my fingers......

But my next question for Craftsters.......

Two options on the potential new sewing machine a Brother or Singer? They are priced within a buck or two of each other so which would you choose?

My first machine was a Singer and a hand me down from my mother who NEVER used it. The machine lasted me through lots of clothes in high school. I have the relic in my living room, it came in a desk/cabinet thing so I'm using it as a temp desk for guests to stash their notebook computers and hook up to our house LAN.  
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