I love Kenmore Sewing machines. I use a lovely Kenmore 158.1760 for almost all of my sewing projects. They are simply great sewing machines. Easy to work on, for the most part, and rarely break down. Betsy had a nice 10 stitch that she was working on before she left for vacation. She couldn't get the feed dogs to work so I brought it home to give it a shot.
I did manage to get the feed dogs going. I have no idea how. Really. I opened the top and I oiled it in there some, I took off the needle plate and oiled in there some, I turned the thing over and oiled under there some. I did isolate the mechanism that makes the feed dogs advance and jiggled it from the top and from the bottom. (The motor was in the way so I had to move it a bit) But somehow the feed dogs started moving. Magic.
The handwheel feels stiff to me, so I thought that I would try to adjust the belt. On other Kenmores I have been able to free the bottom belt from the motor and move the bottom pulley up a bit to free the top belt. Not on this machine. I can't get at the back end and I can't remove the back end without freeing the belt from the handwheel
The other issue with this machine is that it will not feed the fabric when in the multi stitch zig zag mode. It will feed on every other stitch but that one. I spent a couple of hours tonight trying to figure that out. I have a 158.1350 that works. The problem? It is a free arm and not exactly the same. I just had to give up. Perhaps tomorrow....