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Kenmore 158: Goobered Screws

One of Mary’s quilting group arrived with a machine in dire need of cleaning and oiling. These screws hold the throat plate in place:

Kenmore screws - goobered
Kenmore screws – goobered

They’re standing in a pair of threaded brass inserts (found in the benchtop litter) to show off their tops.

The left screw came out easily, although a few licks with a fine file eased the slot corners.

The one on the right, however, was firmly jammed in place, with the crappy little Kenmore sewing machine screwdriver causing the goobering. I deployed my Brownell’s Gunsmith Screwdriver Bits, applied slightly less force than would ordinarily call for an overnight penetrating oil session, got the screw out, and cleaned it up:

Kenmore screws - smoothed
Kenmore screws – smoothed

A dot of oil on the threads should keep it happy for the foreseeable future.

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  1. #1 by madbodger on 2019-03-06 - 09:10

    The Brownells bits look like a great set to keep in reserve for just such occasions. I have some Chapman bits myself for similar situations.

  2. #2 by captnmike on 2019-03-06 - 13:45

    I have a couple of top quality “L” screwdrivers for tight spaces like you have, saved me many problems over the years when I was a machinist nd mechanic. It’s the selection right tool for the right job that is the secret.

    • #3 by Ed on 2019-03-09 - 10:45

      There’s a small right-angle ratchet driver tucked away for those special occasions arising once every two or three blue moons!

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