I recently purchased a Kenmore 158.10301 at a local Goodwill store.
In process of cleaning this machine, I discovered that the axle portion of the dark green plastic stitch selector knob was slightly cracked and, ultimately, it cracked completely. (see attached photos)
I have tried using a plastic friendly epoxy to repair the knob, but have not been able to keep the knob intact: It breaks apart again when I try to re-install the knob.
I checked the Sears Parts website and this knob is "no longer available."
I have also checked on Ebay for a replacement knob and have had no success thus far.
Can anyone suggest a source for a replacement knob for this sewing machine OR a more robust method to repair this knob? This machine is also missing a retractable spool pin. If anyone can suggest a source for a replacement spool pin, that would be very helpful as well.
Can anyone also suggest an efficient method to (re)-attach this knob to the spindle on this machine (it seems to be almost impossible to re-attach this knob)?
Besides these problems, I like the compact size and light weight of this machine to tote to classes, this machine does work (straight stitch only for now), and this machine seems to have a nice stitch quality.
Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.