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Sewing/Kenmore 385 stuck in reverse


Ramen wrote at 2015-01-07 01:09:04
I have a kenmore 385 1278180. I had not used it for long probably 15 years. I just added another light spring to the original one Side by side. This increased the tension and now the reverse switch works beautifully. Basically the combination becomes a stronger spring and overcame the friction due to years of rusting. The spring assortment can be bought from Harbor Freight for couple of dollars.


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Norman Roy


Depending on the mechanical knowledge off owner, I can answer just about any question they ask. One lady asked about her feed dogs not going back up, some machines will not go back up unless you turn the wheel over, (start sewing). It sounds simple but sometimes you never think of it.


I've been servicing sewing machines since 1989, I still service machines for Northwestern Ontario Canada. It is a large area with little or no service people and I can usually tell on the phone if it can be fixed by the owner.

I took a 2 year apprentice course with a dealer who was looking to teach and hire. I worked for him for 8 years before moving up to the Northwest, Red Lake area of Ontario.

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