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Thread: Help! My sewing machine stopped working!!

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    Where do you live? Electricians here in Cen Fl cost the earth. Have a handy man you know check the wiring. I have a Kenmore from early 80's and it unplugs from machine. It is not hard to replace/ wire in a new plug if that is the problem as long as there is a screw. Home Depot or hardware store should be able to tell you how to replace a plug. Had to replace the wire on my 201-3 years ago and man at singer shop I bought the part at was amazed I didn't need him to rewire it. It was some screws. And make sure the wires are tight and in place. And if you are using a screw driver to replace/ tighten wires MAKE SURE other end is not plugged in into the wall. Let us know how it turns out.
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    I agree with Prism99 - take it in to the "clinic" for an evaluation, ask if they can start with the plug, or if you haven't had the machine serviced in some time - bite the bullet and leave it for a check up, it might be overdue.

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    Sounds like electrical but did you check to see if the bulb was loose ??? maybe it is time for a good check up anyway.
    My machines love to go to the doctor and come home willing to do what is necessary.

    Good luck.

    Flo in NNY

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    OP what have you done? What was the problem and what was the fix?

    From your post it appears that either the wiring in the plug was loose and needing a new plug (often happens if you pull on the wire instead of the plug itself to unplug), or that your wall outlet had a loose connection.

    We had a old wall outlet that had to be replaced as it was not holding the plug securely. It was not a difficult job as long as you make sure the breaker is turned off. You will just need a screwdriver.
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    I had almost the same thing happen with my Singer. The light worked fine but it would slow down to no stitches unles I took my foot off the pedal and started again. Turned out I needed a new foot pedal. At the time I had a cat that loved plastic and I think he chewed a hole in the pedal cord. Hope you find the problem soon.
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    It's the plug, imo. Be careful, too, or you could short out your machine's motor. Get someone handy (if you aren't) to examine the plug and the wiring and replace all of it, if necessary, or just the plug if that's the culprit.

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    I once went through a lamp-making phase. Changing a plug is easy. Take the cord with the plug on it to the hardware store to make sure you get the right one. Cut off the old plug and follow the directions on the package to put the new one on.
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    If you think you can handle the plug changing chores involved here, try it. If you don't know someone who might help you through this personally, take it to the repair shop and get an estimate before repairs are begun (and be sure and tell him/her not to spring any surprises on you when you come back to pick it up). Then watch CL and yard sales for a $5 or $10 machine as a spare.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch's mom View Post
    Does your machine plug attach to a set of posts - either 2 or 3 - coming from the machine?
    Did you try another outlet?
    Is the wall part of the plug fitting tightly into the wall receptacle?
    Where were you when I needed this last July?! We were traveling with our camper - had just purchased a cute pattern, got all set up and the FW died on me. So I drug out the serger and found I'd left the blade cover at home. Couldn't use both...so I sulked, kinda, for a while. Took the FW to the LQS, they checked it out and put - you guessed it - a new plug on it. Works perfectly now. Live and learn.

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    I used to have a Kenmore years ago. When the light went out the sewing machine would not turn on. Maybe you should try a new light bulb first. Good luck.
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