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Repair Reverse on Kenmore Sewing Machine?

A Kenmore sewing machine.Kenmore 1753 reverse seems to be locked. It only sees backward. How can this be fixed. I am the original owner. Machine is 52 years old.

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September 27, 20210 found this helpful
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If you can, flip the machine backwards in the cabinet so you can see up inside the sewing machine. On the inside, locate the reverse mechanism, and give it a couple drops of sewing machine oil. Let it sit for 1/2 hour or so. Then tip machine back flat into cabinet and try it out. If it hasn't been oiled and used regularly, old oil has a tendency to gum up, to the point of causing problems. Adding new oil and letting it sit awhile should loosen it up. If that doesn't work, you may need to have a repairman look at it. Good luck.

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September 30, 20210 found this helpful
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Check your Kenmore sewing machine to ensure that it is in the straight stitch forward position and is set to sew in a forward motion.

Press the reverse button and check that the spring action is ok. Ensure that the spring is in the machine, is in the correct place and is not stretched out of shape. Replace the spring if it is missing, reposition it if it has slipped out of place or replace the spring altogether if it has stretched out of shape.

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Remove the top cover to expose the gears. Press the reverse button and check the teeth, to ensure that they are moving backwards.

Inspect the cam at the top of the shaft inside your sewing machine. Check the vertical bar. Loosen the screw on the cam to move it and align the two marks if they are not aligned. Then tighten the screw on the cam.

Blow hot air into the top of your sewing machine with a blow dryer and push the reverse button gently at the same time to loosen the hardened lubricant.

Use sewing machine oil only.

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September 27, 20210 found this helpful

You could try blowing a warm blow dryer on the reverse button and seeing if it gets it unstuck. If not, its time for a professional.

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