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Kenmore 385. 12812690/ sewing machine manual

I am looking for a free manual for a Kenmore 385. 12812690.

Is this a good sewing machine to give to someone that wants to learn to sew?

I think it may have been manufactured by Janome, but I am not certain.

Any information on what needles or bobbins it uses would be helpful too.

If anyone knows what kind of accessories came with it, that would be great.
I got it second hand, and want to give it to a friend.

It does have an empty accessory box. I am sure needles, bobbins, a lint brush and maybe an extra presser foot or two may have come with it.

It makes a nice straight stitch but the zig-zag stitch is not pretty.
Thank you for your help.

Chip

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SOURCE: upside down stitching

try adjusting the thread tension control! a loose setting would cause the problem! try increasing tits tightness!

Posted on Nov 02, 2007

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SOURCE: can't tighten clutch on Kenmore zig zag sewing machine.

The clutch has fallen off the shaft. Remove the very small screw in the clutch release screw to remove the clutch release. Place the clutch(round thing with ears on it) back on the shaft with the center ears pointing towards the outside. Put the clutch release screw back on. Tighten it to make sure it works
properly. Put the small screw back in the clutch release screw and test it again. If it will not tighten or release properly, remove the clutch ,rotate it180 degrees and try it again.This should solve your problem.
sewman7

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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SOURCE: only does zig zag stitches, no straight stitches,

make sure the pattern selector is set for straight stitch first. If it is set correct then the machine may be "stuck" is zig zag mode. May need to be de greased and then re lubricated.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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SOURCE: My neighbor has a Kenmore 5180 machine that is

how do i insert the needle into the sewing machine

Posted on Oct 22, 2009

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SOURCE: Zig Zag wheel not working

Need to know what type of machine, but most likely the connecting arm for the zigzag width to the needlebar is gunked up somewhere. Clean the joints of it and oil liberally with lots of exersizing it.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010

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SOURCE: Zig zag stitch is dropping stitches how to fix...

wrong tension

Posted on May 21, 2010

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