Those of us who know and love the Vintage Singers, realize that when you turn the silver knob in the handwheel this releases the stop motion washer and the hand wheel spins freely. This enables us to wind the bobbin without running the needle bar up and down. That is not how the Kenmore 158.1814 works.
You pull the handwheel out and that releases the motor from working the machine and allows the bobbin winder to work. BUT if you turn the hand wheel the needle bar still moves
Well I was in Singer mode when I was servicing this Kenmore 158.1814. And since the needle bar still moved up and down after releasing the clutch, I figured it was gummed up in there......
Well I was smart enough by then to put a piece of tape over the other one and I gently pulled the hand wheel up again to retrieve it. I also had marked with white tape where the spring belongs.
I loosened and removed the center screw which enabled me to remove the handwheel from the machine ( I put that little beebee in there for some reason maybe to show where it goes. Like I didn't know NOW! )
I spent the next hour or so honing the center part of this mechanism so that I could get it back together. It was pretty snug and I knew that I would never be able to force it back in there AND hold down two ball bearings on springs at the same time. I figured that I could just buy a ball bearing somewhere to replace the one lost in the shop somewhere.
By then it was lunch time. But just before taking a break, I swept the shop and there it was. Sometimes morons get lucky
It took some more effort and more grease but I was finally successful. The sucker is back together now and I am wiser.
I neglected to add above, that one of the ball bearings managed to ricochet around the shop one more time. I found it on the floor. Lucky again.
So that's the story of the ball bearings. I am an idiot and I have no business taking apart machines when I know nothing about them.
Do you think it will stop me?