Model #15813571 KENMORE Mechanical Sewing Machines

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kenmore sewing maching clutch knob won't release to refill bobbin

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Providing the model number to your sewing machine will definitely help an expert better your search. If you would like to add to this with your model number I would be more than happy to assist you. Have a great day.

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Alina F. -
December 30, 2010
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Thank you for your question.

No being able to get the hand-wheel clutch to release is a concern.

Without the model number I am not sure which type of hand-wheel clutch you have.

  • If you have an older sewing machine with a chrome hand wheel lock, then remove the small screw on the hand-wheel and see if that will let you loosen the hand-wheel lock.

Please include the model number of you sewing machine and I will be glad to help you with this problem.

Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
January 03, 2011
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I am having the same problem with a Kenmore sewing machine. Mine is from c. 1949, model 117-959. Everything else is working soundly and I was able to turn the clutch without much effort before in the years I've been using it. Now it won't budge. Any suggestions or tricks to get this functioning again?

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Kristin -
June 09, 2011
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Thank you for your question. On the 117. Model the wheel lock is in the middle of the hand wheel and you will have to unscrew a 1/4 turn to the left to release the handwheel so the needle will not go up and down when winding the bobbins. If it will not let go you will need to remove the small screw in the lock and use a large channel locks with some material around the wheel so you do not scratch the wheel to release it. If it hasn't be used in a long time it may have seized since this machine was made that long ago. If you have been using it regularly it may have tightened on its own and you will need to do the process above to get it to release. Let me know if you were able to get it to release. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
June 09, 2011
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Thank you, Sam, for your help. I was indeed able to get the clutch to release after a few minutes of toiling. For anyone else having the same problem: I didn't have a channel locks handy, so I used a spare vacuum belt to get a good grip. After removing the screw, the wheel lock would rotate but with great resistance, nothing like its normal free-spin. I kept at it, and after about 15 labor-intensive rotations it finally let go and spun freely. I turned it back to the just-barely-tight position and put the screw back in, which is apparently what stops it from spinning all the way around. I can now switch between modes successfully as before. I will say that mine turns a full 1/2 before the it stops rather than just 1/4, though it wouldn't have to go the full 1/2 to run without moving the needle mechanism. Thanks again, Sam! You definitely saved me.

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Kristin -
June 09, 2011
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Hello - so glad to find this resource! My trusty Kenmore machine is model 1325. (....a college graduation gift from my mom in 1979!) Like those postings before me, I am unable to turn the wheel that releases the clutch (to allow a bobbin to fill). ~ So, hoping that you're still out there, Sam! Any advice will be appreciated.

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amy -
July 25, 2012
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Good Morning Amy: There is a small screw on the hub of the lock knob. I would suggest that you remove it incase someone had the knob off before and when they put it back on the star washer on the back side of the knob has three knobs on the outside and if the center of the washer is not positioned correctly the screw will be installed on the wrong side of the outer ring of the washer and you cannot turn it to loosen for bobbin winding. It could also just be very tight and you will need some help to loosen it. But if you take the screw out first you will make sure that you are not trying to turn it against the stop on the ring for the screw stem. I hope this will help. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
July 27, 2012
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Hi Sam, I have the same issue, the model is 158.13571. Regards!

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Braulio -
October 05, 2013
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I am having same problem not being able to release clutch wheel model 148-15600 hope you can help

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Lanni -
July 17, 2015
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I am having the same problem. It started several years ago. My model is 148-156000. Thank you!

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KENNETH -
October 22, 2015
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Model # 158.13571 Kenmore Sewing Machine 10657579790

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Kenmore Sewing machine model 158.13571 with a lower belt that is not turning 158.13571

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Your details certainly indicate that the lower belt is worn or defective and needs to be replaced. If you are able to open the sewing machine up and replace the lower belt, then you may be able to fix the sewing machine yourself. If you're not confident that you can complete that repair on your own, then I recommend that you carry the sewing machine into your nearest Sears Parts & Repair Center or Sears Store for repair.

Replacing the belt may not fix the problem if you have a siezed up gear or other internal problems in the sewing machine. If you replace the belt and the sewing machine still doesn't work, then I recommend that you have the sewing machine examined by a service technician.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
March 09, 2015