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Date: 6/13/13 10:55 PM

Hello!
I just picked up an old Kenmore today. Model 385-12492.
I tried winding some bobbin thread but the needle was going up and down as normal when sewing. Isn't the machine supposed to stop the needle when the bobbin winder is switched to the right?
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The first instruction in the manual is:
"Release clutch by turning clutch knob toward you."
That seems straightforward enough, but how do you know when the clutch is released? That knob turns freely and just seems to move the needle up and down. Is the clutch related to that?
Thank you for any help you can provide.

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Date: 6/13/13 11:47 PM

The clutch knob is the inner knob on the handwheel. Have a look at the first picture on this page. (only using this blog post as it was the first one I found with a clear picture of what I'm trying to describe. ) See the inner knob? Hold the outer wheel with one hand and turn the inner knob with the other.

If it happens that you have a problem, you may find the solution in that blog post

Don't forget to tighten the clutch when you've finished winding the bobbin.

ETA: just to clarify - this is not my blog
-- Edited on 6/13/13 11:48 PM --

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Date: 6/13/13 11:50 PM

The clutch knob is the knob that's in the middle of the hand wheel. Hold the hand wheel still & turn the clutch knob counterclockwise. It'll only turn about a 1/4 turn or less. This will stop the needle bar. When done winding your bobbin, tighten it up again.

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Date: 6/13/13 11:51 PM

Guess we were posting at the same time!

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Date: 6/14/13 3:28 AM

Wow! That's a great site!! Exactly what I was looking for.
I got the screw out but the center knob is just *glued* to the hand wheel. I can't loosen up anything. I'll ask my DH to try in the morning but I think I might have to take it in to the shop.

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Date: 6/14/13 4:49 AM

This happened when my mum gave me her old machine, she told me to take the needle out when I wound bobbins until I could get it serviced, at least then nothing could get damaged.

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Date: 6/14/13 7:35 AM

That happens when they are not used for a long time. I had one this happened to. I never got the clutch to release. Hope yours isn't like this. I have one Kenmore I hardly ever use but I get it out often and sew on it and wind bobbins with it.
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Date: 6/14/13 10:15 AM

You may be able to loosen the center knob/wheel by warming it with a hair dryer. This will soften the old dusty, oily gunk that has accumulated over the years.

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Date: 6/14/13 1:57 PM

You might invest in one of these:
Sidewinder

I think you can find them cheaper or use a coupon at JoAnn's and get the price down. When my mom's clutch went bad on her Pfaff, I got her one of these so she could keep making bobbins until she got the machine repaired.

Happy sewing!

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Date: 6/14/13 3:32 PM

I may need to get one of these. My DH is tinkering with the machine now and he's a bit annoyed.

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