Kenmore Bobbin Winder Not Working

My Kenmore sewing machine is about 50 years old. It sews and works fine, however the bobbin winder does not wind. I am able to release the knob so needle does not work, but winder does not wind. Since we are quarantined, I am not able to go to repair shop.

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May 12, 20200 found this helpful

Make sure it is not jammed with threads or fabric in the housing. This can hinder the work of the machine. Also the spring that controls your tension may need replacement.

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Make sure you are trying to use the correct bobbin for the machine. After turning the wheel knob to disengage the needle so you can fill the bobbin, make sure the part that rides against the bobbin while winding is actually touching the center part of the bobbin where the thread would fill. If it doesn't go in between the two sides of the bobbin, then you have the wrong bobbin. If it fits down inside, do you have to hold that lever in to touch?

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If you do, then the spring mechanism that normally holds the lever over to fill the bobbin needs adjusting or replacing. First thing you should do is to open up your machine and give it a good cleaning and oiling. Consult your owners manual on this. Sometimes, years of thread, lint and dust can make things NOT work correctly. If the above doesn't help, I think your only solution is a repair person. Good luck and post back here.

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May 12, 20200 found this helpful

I also have a Kenmore, I got used, in 1976...so 44 years of use so far. I just took the top off my machine to look at the winding mechanism. When you push the winder lever into the bobbin, a black rubber wheel at the bottom of the shaft that holds the bobbin for winding, pushes up against the grooved inside of the wheel that you undo to wind bobbins. If that rubber wheel is cracked or broken off, it isn't making contact with the grooved face that makes it turn to wind bobbins.

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If that is the case, that rubber wheel will need replacing. Rubber gets brittle with age. If it looks whole, make sure nothing is clogging the grooved inside of the wheel you tighten/loosen for winding/sewing mode. If you're handy, and the rubber wheel needs replacing, you can order the part on-line and replace it yourself. Good luck and report back the solution you took.

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May 13, 20200 found this helpful

Sounds like you have received some very sound ideas as to how to get your machine going again. Hope you will have your problem fixed shortly.

If you find that you need a new part or that you are still having a problem I would suggest you contact a tech at your local Sears Service Center as they know all about the Kenmore machines and can probably help you get it going. They can order any part you might need and also help you installing it should you have problems.

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Most of the times these people are very helpful but if you meet someone that is not in a mood to help then I suggest you report them to a higher official because Sears is supposed to be a 'helping' store.
i use there service a lot because if I order parts and something does not work/fit it is an easy no hassle return - (not like buying from a parts store online).

www.service-center-locator.com/.../sears-service-center.htm

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May 13, 20200 found this helpful

How funny! I just had my old Kenmore out Sunday to make hubby a new face mask for work (who ever thought I would be uttering those words in public)...anyhow, I had the same issue. My workhorse machine is from 1972 I think, somewhere in there and it was a combo of things.

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The pin for the thread was loose and therefore it would not spin to load the bobbin. So I tightened that, then I tried again, still no go.

Then it was pulling at the thread, but not still not loading.

I looked and the thread had started to dry rot and was kind of clumping to the spool, so I took out a newer spool and then it worked.

There are a ton of YoutTubes for the Kenmore's to troubleshoot and fix just about every situation. Maybe if this doesn't help, you can find a video to DIY fix.

I am keeping my 30 year old vacuum going with YouTube fixes! I am so proud when I can do that!!

Post back with an update!

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