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Sewing Machine Won't Turn Off Bobbin Winding

I have a really old Kenmore sewing machine and I have it all threaded right. But when I went to start sewing, I noticed that it was set to bobbin winding. I tried to change it but it won't let me. No matter what I try and set it to, it just beeps at me.

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October 20, 20200 found this helpful
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On older sewing machines there are normally 2 ways to wind a bobbin. The first way is to disengage the wheel by turning the inside knob. This will allow the machine to wind the bobbin. When you have wound the bobbin then you tighten the inside knob back up and then can sew. The second way is to engage the bobbin winding by placing the bobbin on the spindle and pushing it towards the rubber wheel or stop that is on the machine. I am not sure of the model number of your sewing machine or if it winds the bobbin in one of these two ways.

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You have not given us much to go on. I also know that a few sewing machines could actually wind the bobbin inside the canister by switching it over. Can you give us the model number of your sewing machine and which way you actually wind your bobbin? If you need to disengage the wheel, just push the bobbin spindle towards the rubber stop or you wind it inside the canister. This will make it easier for me to tell you how you can check this and fix it so you can sew again.

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October 20, 20200 found this helpful

Unfortunately I think I may have miscommunicated, as the problem is that I can't do anything *other* than wind the bobbin, I do not need to know how, I need to know how to stop

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October 20, 20200 found this helpful

I clearly understand what you have said and that your sewing machine is no longer running normally but instead is only allowing you to wind a bobbin. My question to you is what or how does your machine wind the bobbin. There are 3 ways to do this. I also do not know your model number for the machine and I have asked this too. I need a bit more information from you in order to understand why this is happening. Earlier I told you the 3 ways a machine will wind a bobbin. I did this so you would tell me which way your machine winds the bobbin. Once I understand this it will be easier for me to go forward and tell you how or what you can try to fix this.

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April 2, 20220 found this helpful

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October 24, 20200 found this helpful
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Has it been some time since you used your machine or were you sewing recently and had to wind your bobbin?
I'm not sure but it seems that maybe you have not used it for a while and it's possible something got 'bumped' to cause this or perhaps someone else has used your machine.

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Sometimes it is difficult to follow printed directions/suggestions because we may not have a good 'starting' point.
For these reasons you may want to talk to a machine technician who will know what questions to ask and get you started on the right path.
Since your machine is Kenmore you may want to ask a tech at a Sears Service Center for help. They may want you to take it in for servicing (and it may need it but still expensive) but you can ask questions and not take it in. They should be able to tell you the model number to your machine as well as the year it was made. They can also tell you what 'brand' it is as Kenmore is just the name Sears uses. If they cannot give you any further help then you may need to go to one or more of the sewing forums and ask for help. Please try Sears first as you need the model for reference.

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

This is an excellent forum but you will have to join. It is free and I have had no problems after joining. The members are very helpful so ask your question and let them help you as this take several steps to get your machine on tract.
www.quiltingboard.com/.../

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October 20, 20200 found this helpful

What is the model # for your old kenmore? It will help greatly if I know what model trouble shooting to do for you. Let me know and I'll see what I can find out.

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October 21, 20200 found this helpful

It says the model is "19153690" I've tried to look into it before, but it only showed me a completely different machine, I'm not sure it will help any but the serial on it is 82024808

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October 21, 20200 found this helpful

Try looking at:
shesasewingmachinemechanic.blogspot.../.../bobbin-winder-clutch.html

Bobbin Winder Clutch
Sometimes, if you're working with an older sewing machine, your bobbin winder won't disengage, and the needle will go up and down while you're trying to wind a bobbin. This can be caused by 2 things. #1) you've got some old oil on the shaft inside that needs to be removed. Or #2) the ring under the bobbin winder clutch is in the wrong position. Here's how to fix it...

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Here's a picture of a bobbin winder clutch. It's on the hand wheel of this old Kenmore. First, loosen the small screw on the center knob. You don't have to take it all the way out, just loosen it. Then twist the center knob to the left (righty-tighty, lefty-loosey) until it comes off. This is a picture of what you'll see under the knob. Can you see the metal ring that's sitting on the center shaft? Remove it.

You may need to take the top lid and/or the side panel off to allow the hand wheel to move in and out. If you're not sure you can get the belt back on correctly, you don't need to take the belt off, just loosen the outer panels so you can move the hand wheel on it's shaft, like this...

Can you see how the center shaft has moved back inside, as I push the handwheel out? Use some "solvent" (WD-40) to remove the old, gummy oil on the shaft. Squirt it inside the hole and work the handwheel around until the gum is dissolved.

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Then wipe out as much of the solvent as you can. If you have a can of air, you can blow it out -- we use an air compressor at the shop. Also use the solvent to wipe the old oil off of the metal ring and center knob.

Put 2 drops of oil on the shaft and put the machine back together.

The metal ring under the knob will have 2 or 3 raised nubs on the inside.

The raised side of the nubs should be facing outward. Put the ring in place, with the nubs in the slots on the shaft. (Take a closer look at the second picture above.) Then screw the center knob back on and tighten the little screw. You should be able to release and re-tighten the center knob. If not, remove the center knob and re-position the metal ring. Turn the ring clock-wise one position (or two). Screw the center knob back on and tighten the little screw.

That should take care of it!

I neglected to mention that the bobbin winder spindle can become frozen as well. Here's a couple pictures of a Singer bobbin winder.

If it's hard to turn the top spindle by hand, it's probably frozen-up by old oil. If it's frozen, you can try two things. First, I usually put some WD-40 in the cracks (top and bottom) and work it until it's loose. Always blow the WD-40 out with an air compressor or canned air. Then re-oil. If that fails, you can disassemble the bobbin winder, clean it, and put some oil on the shaft directly. Then put it back together.

Good luck and I hope this solves the problem.

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October 20, 20200 found this helpful

This may be a classic case of buildup of threads, fabric and dust build up in your machine, particularly in the housing area. This will cause your machine to malfunction . A good start , is to clean out housing. There are a few other things that may help for the operation of your machine - www.thesprucecrafts.com/fixing-bobbin-thread-bunching-looping...

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