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    Help! 1967 Sears Kenmore machine.

    Hello Quilting Friends,

    Awhile back, I received this machine as a gift from some friends who's aunt had moved away. The machine is in beautiful condition but it doesn't have a belt on the back, and when i use the foot pedal there is a burning smell. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do or where I could get a new belt?

    Thanks for your help!
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    Find a dealer with a mechanic/tech that knows Singers, and they will know Kenmore. Probably a quick fix, and your machine will love you for it!

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    If it smells like something is burning don't use it - take it to someone for repair. It could just be a capacitor that needs to be replaced, or it could be that the wiring is old and breaking down. Don't leave it plugged in, just in case.

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    beautiful cabinet. good luck with the repair.
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    Jamie,

    Since this is a cabinet machine it lays on it's front side when in storage. The motor is right on top in the path of dust, lint, particulates and even pet hair. All this and old oil will collect inside the vent holes of the motor and will burn off when you start using it. Even portables do this, but to a lesser extent.

    Do a visual check on the wiring from where it enters the motor to the plugs, to the foot controller, and under the machines body. If it looks good, oil the motor then run it wide open for a while. You'll hear it change pitch as it cleans out the dirt and debris. (These instructions came from my LSMG)
    Belts can be had at your LSMG or Sew Classics as well as other places.

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    I was going to say what Joe said...lint and dust. In the meantime, you can unplug it and clean and oil it before trying it again. Use the hand wheel to move all the joints. I think I have this same machine, or one very similar. What is the model?

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    you could take it to Joe's house and have him work it over - it would be a very nice machine when he gets done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    you could take it to Joe's house and have him work it over - it would be a very nice machine when he gets done.
    LOL, I really need a bigger place to work. But really it isn't super complicated to clean and oil a sewing machine. As long as it's not computerized there is no black magic inside. Computerized machines ..... well, um, I'll just say I don't mess with 'em.

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    My old Kenmore did this and had smoke come out of it.

    Cleaned, oiled, and it was OK.

    Must have had an accumulation of debri in the motor.

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    Is this a good machine I've seen a machine like this one but didn't know.
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