Kenmore 385.1788 question

Old 06-06-2015, 06:26 PM
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The zigzag on this machine is not stitching correctly. The needle will start in the correct position but then only does a jagged straight stitch. In the picture the yellow arrow is pointing to a spring, I think this spring may need to be hooked in the hole at the red arrow. The left side of the assembly is pulling but the right side is not pulling it back. (if that makes any sense). I do have an exploded diagram for this machine but its not real clear about this area. I have oiled everything and it all moves easily with my finger. Does anyone have this machine and can look to see how theirs is?
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:41 PM
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Ok. I got a picture of another one and the spring is in the same place. So....... I'm stumped.
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have you completely oiled the machine a couple times? Clean off old dried up oil.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:34 PM
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yes, its been cleaned and oiled. Everything I check moves easily, it even set in the sun yesterday for about 8 hours and it was hot here. It seems like something is not pulling the one side back. I wish the diagrams were clearer. Everything looks right by what I can tell.
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You have do go deep into the machine and oil, too.
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I couldn't figure out why a zig zag didn't and it was the needle movement stuck with old oil. Most machines you can move the needle by hand side to side. Mine wouldn't move, so more oil and more oil, pushing and shoving on the needle bar side to side, it finally began to move a little. More oil and manual moving it and now it goes over easy and make a nice zig zag.

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Originally Posted by NopahDesertRat
I couldn't figure out why a zig zag didn't and it was the needle movement stuck with old oil. Most machines you can move the needle by hand side to side. Mine wouldn't move, so more oil and more oil, pushing and shoving on the needle bar side to side, it finally began to move a little. More oil and manual moving it and now it goes over easy and make a nice zig zag.

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