Needle Position Help Re. Sears Kenmore Model 2142

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Old 01-28-17, 05:24 PM
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Needle Position Help Re. Sears Kenmore Model 2142

Could someone pls. tell me how to make my Sears Kenmore Model 2142 change the needle position from far left to the middle?

I've put the machine on straight stitch.

Thanks for any suggestions.
 
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Old 01-28-17, 07:21 PM
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Just a guess....put it in zigzag, turn by hand until needle centered, put in straight stitch?
 
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Old 01-29-17, 06:26 AM
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Paul is right, I checked with my wife.

Keep the selector in straight stitch. The Zigzag Width Dial will move the needle left to right.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 07:47 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum. So it doesn't have a switch on the front somewhere in order to change it to the center? Is the width switch set to 0?
You shouldn't have to put it in zigzag and turn the wheel to get it to go in the center.
Is this machine new to you or did it work OK and this just started?
If it's not the 2 things I mentioned above, then my guess is a gear is broke, that moves the needle.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 08:22 AM
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You shouldn't have to put it in zigzag and turn the wheel to get it to go in the center.
Correct. You don't place the selector in zigzag.

You choose straight stitch. While in straight stitch, you turn the width knob.
Turning the width knob moves the needle left or right, or center.

The width knob allows you to align the needle with a foot.
 
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They said they already put it in straight stitch and it's not going in the center. Don't know what they did afterwards tho.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 08:57 AM
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Putting the machine in straight stitch doesn't move the needle to the middle automatically.
The needle will be in the last position used.

I just tested it on the wife's machine.

Choose straight stitch. Turn the zigzag width knob, that will move the needle to the center.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 09:22 AM
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Different brands work differently. I have a lot of machines. One of them goes right to the center when taken out of zigzag and one has a switch just to move the needle.
But wait, what do I know about sewing machines! I'll admit tho that I'm not familiar with that particular machine and they didn't say if they took any other actions.
 
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