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Kenmore Sewing Machine Only Sews Zig Zag Stitch?

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My machine only zigzags. It won't sew a straight stitch anymore. Can someone help me?

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December 3, 20180 found this helpful

You might have a stick lever. Oil the machine first and see if that helps

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December 3, 20180 found this helpful

I have an old Kennmore and when this happens, there is dust wuzzies in the mechanism that I turn to change from straight to zig zag. Mine came with a little brush and I carefully clean and then it clicks back to through the stitches.

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I hope your issue is as simple. It is worrisome now that Sears are almost gone, who will service the machines. Still trying to find a good local person, but coming up short.

Post back if this works!

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December 4, 20180 found this helpful

You do not say how old your machine is or what model so everything will refer to generic.

The problem with Kenmore machines is that Kenmore is the name Sears places on the things they sell and has nothing to do with what brand company made the machine for Sears.

If you Google Sears repair center with your zip code you can call them and ask for help but most important you can find out what company made your machine. Most of the repair centers are still in business.

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Here is a link that is explaining how to correct a machine when it will only sew Zip Zag but it is the same instructions with your machine. Just be sure to use only sewing machine oil - very important - do not use 3in1 Oil or any other kind of oil - even in a pinch.

www.hunker.com/.../the-zigzag-stitch-wont-work-on-my...

Here is an old link but interesting reading on the same subject.

boards.straightdope.com/.../showthread.php?t=578639

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December 4, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you for your reply, but unfortunately the links are for machines that won't zig zag anymore. My problem is the opposite, my machine zig zags when it is supposed to straight stitch.

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I can't repair a straight seam because my machine only zig zags. Thanks, anyway! I will trycleaning and oiling as others have suggested and see if that works.

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December 6, 20180 found this helpful

It does not matter if it is the opposite - the same method will repair either way.

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