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Won't sew when foot pedal is pressed

I recently received my grandma's sewing machine and am having trouble getting it to work. It is a Kenmore model 52. When i press down on the foot pedal the needle doesn't move - it makes a sound like it is trying to. I can sew by turning the hand wheel & the stiches are find but can't figure out why it won't work with the foot pedal.

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Since it was your grandmother's machine, it is very likely the machine has not been used in many years nor has it had any TLC. Most often, the machine will seize due to old oil that has dried out. Resist the temptation to try running the machine until the issue is addressed because the motor can be damaged. If this is the cause of the problem, you will need plenty of patience, good quality oil, possibly a handheld hairdryer, and good ol' elbow grease. But, at the end, you will have a well-functioning sewing machine.

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

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Foot pedals do fail and possibly your s has .

Posted on Oct 31, 2017

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SOURCE: foot pedal dead, machine keeps sewing!

There is no suppressor in the foot control of a 425. Only the control unit, which may need to be replaced. If the machine accelerates to full speed, it may have a problem with the "stop right" board which tells the machine whether to stop with the needle up.
You could have several problems, so go see a qualified Husqvarna repairman. You may contact Husqvarna customer service to locate the best one in your area.

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Needle doesn't move the problem isn't the foot pedal

I have a Husqvarna #1 that I also love. My needle stopped moving too. I was convinced it was the foot peddle but a repair person sais it was not. I discovered on my own that indeed it is the cord on the foot peddle. I suspect it has a loose wire because when I wiggle it where it connects to the machine it starts working again. Right now this is what I have to do because I can't find a replacement peddle. Can anybody help me find one?

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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SOURCE: foot pedal assembly for White sewing machine

You only need to replace the cord if it has been damaged. It will cost less if you just take the machine , cord and control to a local technician and have him just replace the foot control. Let him test it first. A generic foot control should cost less than $30.
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SOURCE: my machine has power, but foot pedal only makes needle go slowly

sounds like the contact in the foot peddle has failed try a new peddle

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a quantum cxl.

The needle shaft sticks to the curved arm and won't come down because a piece of plastic, about an eighth of an inch thick had broken from age. It prevented the shaft from staying up on the needle arm. Open the cover, try to stitch decorative stitch and see what I mean. Purchase a package of 4-10 by 1/2 nut and bolt pack. Screw the nut all the way onto the bolt. Using needle-nosed plyers, Carefully bend the curved arm slightly, and place bolt into the hole on the top of the needle shaft. Nut will keep it in place. Lowering the needle shaft using wheel, carefully bend arm back in place. Try decorative stitch. It should work. It does for me.

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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