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How To Replace A Sewing Machine Motor

by Sarah

We show you how to replace a sewing machine motor on a sewing machine.

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Vicki April 3, 2022 - 11:24 pm

I just got a Necchi BF Nova (1953) and the motor wires are crumbling so i wont be plugging it in to anything. Do you carry a replacement motor for this machine?

CustomerService April 4, 2022 - 8:38 am

Hello Vicki, I do not see that we have a motor coming up noted for a Necchi BF Nova, but there is definitely a possibility that a generic motor would work. I would recommend consulting with a technician before purchasing a motor though!

Roxie June 2, 2020 - 10:02 am

I hope you can help me. I bought a beautiful Free-Westinghouse Model ALC from a thrift store the other day. This machine looks like it just came off the showroom floor. Most of the wiring has been updated EXCEPT for the power cord to the motor. Problem: the motor is fully encased. We have not been able to figure out how to remove the case to get to the motor.

CustomerService January 8, 2021 - 11:32 am

Hello, Roxie. I apologize for the delay. I hope you were finally able to get your new-to-you machine running!

Rosa April 23, 2018 - 9:23 pm

So my husband and I replaced the motor in our singer 3116 simple sewing machine, and now it only feed/sews in reverse. If place a scrap fabric under the pressure foot it bring the fabric to the front when I press the foot, and if I hold the reverse lever it also brings the fabric to the front… We took out motor model HF-07150 and the same motor pulled out of a singer 3116 simple machine off ebay. Any thoughts would be welcome! Thank you

CustomerService April 26, 2018 - 10:42 am

Hello Rosa! It sounds like you may benefit from speaking with our technician since he has had over 30 years of repair experience. His name is Dennis. He can be reached at 888-824-1192 ext. 307 or [email protected]. He would be happy to help!

Pat November 27, 2018 - 3:09 pm

I got my moms old White
The motor says 65 watts 110 volts
All cords are broken it was sitting in a barn
Plus it is a knee pedal
What should I order so it is safe to plug in
How. Can I get rid of knee and use foot pedal
I am 66 born in 19 52 so I think she got it in the early 50s or before

CustomerService November 28, 2018 - 10:41 am

Hello Pat! We may be able to help you. Please email us at [email protected] with that information and one of our CSR’s may be able to help! We look forward to hearing from you.

Timo Peeters April 20, 2018 - 3:45 pm


We have a singer starlet 496 machine which can use a new motor. For now I cannot find a replacement part, can you help me ?

Pls reply via email.

CustomerService April 26, 2018 - 10:06 am

Hello Timo. I am sorry, but we do not have a replacement motor for that make and model.

Tali April 4, 2018 - 7:33 am

Hi Sarah ! I have been struggling with a tiny screw on the pulley of the motor of my White superlock 534. The motor is not working amd I suspect I need to change the carbon brushes and clean the commutator but unfortunately I cannot access those parts without removing the shell casing that is being held in place by the pulley and that blasted tiny screw keeping it in place. Do you have any advice for me? I feel like I’ve tried everything from WD40 on the screw, rubberband trick, impact screwdriver. Please help

CustomerService April 26, 2018 - 10:53 am

Hi Tali! I would suggest speaking with our technician so he can provide some troubleshooting advice. His name is Dennis and he can be reached either by email [email protected] or by phone at 888-824-1192 (extension 307). He should be able to help!

carol kindernay February 26, 2018 - 9:24 pm

Hello I have a free Westinghouse sewing machine the motor is smoking the number is 117236

Sarah March 6, 2018 - 11:18 am

It sounds like you need a new motor. I don’t have any information on that machine, but if you can send us pictures of your machine and the motor, we may be able to find something. Our email is [email protected]

[email protected] February 20, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Which sewing machines use a clockwise motor? I accidentally ordered one, and don’t know if I have any machines that it will work on. Can the direction be reversed?

Sarah March 2, 2018 - 4:12 pm

Hi! Many sergers use clockwise motors. I don’t know that they can be reversed.

Alejandro December 20, 2017 - 6:25 am


My Name is Alejandro and write to enquire about Husqvarnas part. The Capacitor of my Beautiful Automatic Cl21. I can’t find it. And my knowledge on electronics are almost nothing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Sarah December 20, 2017 - 9:23 am

Hi, Alejandro – unfortunately, we do not have any capacitors. You may have better luck with Ebay.

Casey Sayre September 26, 2017 - 1:56 am

I put the wrong type of light bulb in my Kenmore 18021. Something shorted and the power/light switch doesn’t click. Would a new power switch fix this? Do you carry one?

Sarah September 26, 2017 - 9:16 am

Hi, Casey! Is the light working when you put in the correct light bulb?

Casey Sayre September 27, 2017 - 1:15 am

No, and the machine won’t run when I push the pedal. It’s like there is no power.

Sarah September 27, 2017 - 8:52 am

Hi! Dennis is looking at your email now. I hope we can help assist you!

Ashley shrock May 8, 2017 - 8:29 pm

I need a motor for a Remington 30 precisión De Luxe. Any help will be greatly welcome right now it has a modern 115v AC.DC 1/15 H.P 1.3 AMP

Sarah May 9, 2017 - 11:23 am

Hi, Ashley! I don’t have a motor that I can guarantee would be compatible. However, one of our customer service reps informed me that this motor may work: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/motor-alphasew-high-speed-na35l-hs.aspx
If it doesn’t work, you can return it.

David A. Johnson April 20, 2017 - 2:35 pm

Where do I find parts lists for which replacement motor to buy? I’m looking for one for an old Riccar 606.

Sarah April 24, 2017 - 7:40 am

Hi, David! I am sorry, but we are no longer able to obtain your motor from any of our suppliers. We do carry a few generic options if you would like to try one. Please note, they are not guaranteed for your machine. If you wish to try one and it does not work, you are welcome to send it back for a refund; you would just be responsible for the return shipping:

clockwise motor: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/motor-alphasew-na35l-r.aspx
counter clockwise motor: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/motor-alphasew-na35l.aspx
counter clockwise high-speed motor: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/motor-alphasew-high-speed-na35l-hs.aspx

Most machines use a Counter Clock-Wise motor.

To determine this:

-place fabric under the foot
-manually rotate your handwheel towards you
-if the fabric feeds back, it is a counter-clockwise motor
-if the fabric feeds towards you, it is a clockwise motor

I hope this is helpful! Have a great day.

Rick Jesser February 19, 2017 - 9:15 am

I have a bad switch on a singer model 111W153. Is there a wiring schematic for this machine. When I bought the machine the switch was not working all the time. It had a regular light switch with a red light. I bought a switch just like it but it didn’t work. It seems like they are running the neutral through the switch. there is a red, white and black wire. It is pedal controlled. I would appreciate any help I could get.

Thank you
Rick Jesser

Sarah February 21, 2017 - 9:30 am

Hi, Rick! I’ve emailed you a parts schematic for your machine. I hope that helps!

Kermit L Hodges March 29, 2016 - 12:13 pm

How do you replace the belts on Bernina 530-2 record sewing machine?
I could not find a view for getting the belt over the top pulley. Thanks Kay

Ellen April 7, 2016 - 10:01 am

Hello Kermit. According to my technician you can keep taking off covers until you have a better view of the pulleys. Also the motor pulley should be adjustable in order to help you put the belt on.


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