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Topic: problems with stitch length and cams  (Read 1467 times)
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« on: July 19, 2014 10:44:39 AM »

I hadn't used my Kenmore 158-1756 (I got it new around 1970) for several months, and now it's doing something wacky.  I cleaned and oiled, but it's still crazy; here's what it's doing:

1)  Stitch length is stuck at extremely short--I can adjust the dial, but it makes no difference.

2)  When I tried to use the stretch stitch (two stitches forward, one back), which is controlled by a sturdy metal cam, the machine decided to stitch backward instead. 
     Even when I changed the settings back to normal, it stayed in reverse.  Pressing the reverse lever didn't do anything (I wondered if it would make it go forward, but no luck).
     Fiddling with the mechanism that "reads" the cam got the machine to stitch forward again (and the reverse lever worked right), but switching back to stretch stitch got it stuck in reverse again.

Has anybody had this problem?  I suspect it's a build-up of aged oil; I've heard of taking the whole machine apart and soaking in solvent to fix this sort of thing, but I've never done it.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014 05:11:44 AM »

I never had such a problem but i also have heard about the soaking in solvent as a good way of " cleaning" an old machine.
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2015 11:13:18 AM »

problem solved: I took it to a repair guy.  Fortunately, he loves Kennies and trained on them about the time this one was built.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2015 08:15:56 PM »

problem NOT solved.  I think all he did was lube it.  Some problems are fixed, but #2 is still a problem.  #1 worked for a bit, then went back to tight stitches.

The repair has a 1-year warranty.  When I called about it, he blamed me for not using the machine enough. 
He'll still honor the warranty, but he's such a jerk, I don't want to go back.  I heard about another repair guy, might go there instead.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
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