Is my machine dead?

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My Kenmore which I bought new in 1979 and I love, is giving me problems.  F
irst the bobbin winder stopped working, and I took in to the shop to have i
s fixed and have a general servicing.  I got it back and did not test it ou
t as I had no projects at the time.  3 months later, I sat down to do some  
sewing and the hand wheel was frozen.  After reoiling the moving parts and  
moving the hand wheel back and forth, it broke loose and was free moving.  
Sewed a little and it did well.  Let machine sit for a couple of hours and  
it froze again.  I was able to get it loosened but it's a recurrent problem
.  Took it back to shop and was told that at the time of the original servi
cing it was very dirty.  Can the process of cleaning it up have gummed some
thing up to this degree?  Do I continue to try to save the machine or buy a
 new one?  Before this episode I had never had any problems with the machin
e.
  Cheryl

Re: Is my machine dead?


My Kenmore which I bought new in 1979 and I love, is giving me problems.  
First the bobbin winder stopped working, and I took in to the shop to have  
is fixed and have a general servicing.  I got it back and did not test it  
out as I had no projects at the time.  3 months later, I sat down to do some  
sewing and the hand wheel was frozen.  After reoiling the moving parts and  
moving the hand wheel back and forth, it broke loose and was free moving.  
Sewed a little and it did well.  Let machine sit for a couple of hours and  
it froze again.  I was able to get it loosened but it's a recurrent problem.  
Took it back to shop and was told that at the time of the original servicing  
it was very dirty.  Can the process of cleaning it up have gummed something  
up to this degree?  Do I continue to try to save the machine or buy a new  
one?  Before this episode I had never had any problems with the machine.
  Cheryl

The gumming was not from a single event at the repair shop. It is cumulative  
over years of improper service. I note you re-olied it after the 3 months.  
Probably over the time you have oiled it too much and then with lack of use  
it gums up. To much oil is worse than not enough especially coupled with  
lack of use.
The very worst thing you can do to a machine is not use it.
 A proper chemical cleaning to remove the old and gummed up oil then proper  
oiling should have you running again.

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Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine
18 Dingman Rd Sand Lake, NY 12153
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