Kenmore Sewing Machine Freezing

My Kenmore sewing machine model 158.16800 freezes. I will help it along with the hand wheel, and it goes for a little bit, then freezes again in the down position. You can hear it humming when it's stuck. It is stitching fine when it does move. I don't have a manual so, any help is grateful. Thank you.


By Toni H.

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February 24, 20140 found this helpful
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First of all, it sounds as though the belt is worn, or there is a clump of lint/fluff caught up in there somewhere - but your problem could be a worn gear, too.

Best to take it to Sears to have it gone over by a qualified, factory trained repair tech. For under $100USD they will get your machine running smoothly and do a complete servicing with a heads-up to you should there be a looming part fail too.

And they'll be able to hook you up with a new manual as well, either as a free PDF download you can then print at home, or as a hard copy (usually spiral bound, win-win!) at a reasonable price.

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May 5, 20151 found this helpful

I have a Kenmore 10 stitch machine. It did the same thing. I oiled the machine according to the manual but there's a place deep inside you have to oil.


That will fix your problem. After I oiled mine I had no problems. Watch all of the moving parts as you turn the crank by hand and oil it if it moves.

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March 6, 20190 found this helpful

The belt pulley on old Kenmore sewing machines needs oiled, periodically, or this happens. The side panel of the machine comes off, after the handwheel, and top of the machine are removed, first. If there is bits of powdery black stuff in the area, vacuum it first. (The bobbin winder rubber tire sometimes sheds these black bits.)The pulley is right where the 2 belts overlap each other, halfway up the side of the machine. Use sewing machine oil to lubricate it, it may take 2 or 3 drops of oil, depending on the machine. Check your belts for cracks, and if they need replaced, do that before reassembling the machine. Good luck, these are great machines!

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