Stitch Selection Knob Not Working on a Kenmore?

The stitch selection knob on this will not move. I bought it at a thrift store; it looks great. It is a Kenmore, model 158-1792.


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February 12, 20201 found this helpful
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If the stitch knob is not working this normally is a spring that has broken so it can not change. You may need to order a new assembly and install this on your machine. Even if it loos great the assembly can be broken and not work correctly.

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Kenmore is a Sears brand machine but it will be another brand as Kenmore is only a 'badged' name for another brand.


I'm only pointing this out because you may have other problems in the future and it will help to know the true brand of your machine so you can look for assistance or parts from Kenmore and also the 'real' brand name.

I have found the best place to start asking questions about a Kenmore product is a Sears Service Center. You can generally find a local Sears Service Center on Google using your zip code.

Take your machine to them and ask about a part. They will look at your machine and tell you what part you need but more importantly they can tell you the brand and year it was made.
Just tell them you wish to repair it yourself and would like to order the part (if one is needed) unless you decide to let them service it for you.
You will need a manual if one did not come with the machine so ask about a manual also as I did not see a free manual for your machine (although some free ones were shown but do not print well/clear when 'free'). I did find this one - very cheap: Look for your model on this page:


I did find some interesting information from a service tech about 'locked' selection knobs:

"Machines can freeze up from sitting unused for long periods...such as what your sewing machine does. What happens is that sewing machine oil inside the machine...and possibly mingled with lint/dust...becomes glue like and freezes up moving parts."

"If its frozen up...some have had success with warming up the sewing machine with a hair dryer set on medium...not cool but not too hot. But it takes about 20 minutes of warming to get things loose. Before sewing with it...clean it out in the areas that you can get to easily as indicated in its manual...and oil the two points the manual says to oil.


Only add one or two...not more than two tiny drops of FRESH SEWING MACHINE that wad...wipe off any excess/drips from the bottom of the bobbin case. If you have very old sewing machine oil...please buy a small fresh bottle at Joanns or Walmart...etc.
DO NOT use anything other than sewing machine oil. NOT household 3 in 1 nor WD40...nor anything like that. Just oil for sewing machines which looks crystal clear and light."

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February 12, 20201 found this helpful

Contact and put in your info of your machine, they have videos and how to's that will talk you through your issue!

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