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Kenmore 158.15160 zig zag problem

Kenmore 158.15160 zig zag problem

Old 11-11-2020, 12:53 PM
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I received a Kenmore 158.15160 Model 1516, a basic zig zig machine. It also takes cams for different patterns. It seemed to clean up OK but when I tested the zig zag all it did was move the needle over to the left, and sewed straight stitch, basically as a left homing machine. There is no cam in the machine.

Does anyone know if a cam is required for it to sew zig zag, or is something still stuck?

This is an early 70s era machine, aluminum body but all metal inside and underneath.
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Old 11-11-2020, 04:17 PM
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Generally speaking, if it has a place for a cam, you have to have a cam to make it zig-zag. Post a photo, you can usually tell by looking at the machine. (I hope I don't have a foot in my mouth.)
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Old 11-11-2020, 04:52 PM
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It looks like this is one of the cam machines that does require the #1 cam do do zigzag. Some of the machines that take cams will do zigzag without a cam.

I'm basing that on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hCRg5z9xr0 and https://manualsoncd.com/wp-content/uploads/558d.jpg

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Old 11-11-2020, 05:37 PM
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Here's a picture. I'm pretty sure it requires a cam, it's pretty clean inside and everything seems to be moving well.

I guess this may end up being a straight stitch machine.
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