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Upper thread shows even when tension is at 0 (kenmore 385.15516)

I have a kenmore 385.15516 and the upper thread shows when I sew. The manual says this means tension is too tight. However, I have already lowered it to 0 so I cannot go any lower. What do I do?

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Try turning it the other way. Otherwise, it may need to be reset professionally.

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When sewing after 5 mm the top color cotton is building under the material and stops.I opened it up clean the dust and still the same. can some one give me a hint please . thanks."?"


Remove the upper thread completely. Install a brand new needle. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Confirm with the owner's manual the threading pathway is correct. Set the upper tension to the midway point between the high & low number. Retest.

Correct tension is when the upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric. If bobbin thread is showing on the top of the fabric, loosen the upper tension. If upper thread is showing under the fabric, tighten the upper tension.

Make sure the thread, needle, and fabric are compatible.
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With no manuel/thread tension solution?


tighten up the thread tension on the needle thread tension setting
what you describe is a result of the needle thread tension being too loose
to get manuals go google and type in -- workshop manual for ( make and model) sewing machine
there will be pdf version downloads if they are available

Oct 11, 2015 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Upper tension won't adjust


You can try "flossing" the tension with a piece of unwaxed dental floss, a dollar bill, or a piece of fabric to try to clean anything that is trapped between the tension discs loose. Be sure the pressure foot it up and the tension knob turned to "0" before trying this. Then dial back the tension to your normal setting and try re-threading your machine. If this doesn't work and you know how to remove and reinstall your tension assembly, that could be the next step. The tension discs do wear out over time, but sometimes it is just some lint that needs to be cleaned out.

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Mar 26, 2014 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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When I start sewing the back of thread is all overlap and tangled what can I do?


A more detailed description would be helpful, but my guess is that you have lost all of your upper tension.
Unthread the machine. Raise the presser foot. Turn the handwheel until the take-up lever is at it's highest position. Set the upper tension dial/knob to 5. Thread the machine.
With the presser foot up, the upper thread should pull through easily and then grab when the presser foot is lowered.
Test sew.
The upper tension pulls the stitches up and the lower tension pulls the stitches down. When they pull properly, the stitch is even.

Oct 29, 2010 | Kenmore 19233 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Kenmore Sewing Machine Drop-in Bobbin Tension Adjusting Problems


looped stitches are usually caused by improper tension. when the loop is on the upper side, it may be corrected by loosening the top tension or by tightening the lower tension (turn the tension screws on the bobbin a hair at a time)

since using the machine only a few times it is best to clean the machine from dust (can use a can of air) blow air into the bobbin area and between the tension disks and under the throat plate.

make sure the machine is threaded correctly and bobbin is evenly threaded

Aug 26, 2009 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Kenmore by sears model 1581457180 need a manual or a how to thread the bobbin


hi there,
on my manual 1581 kenmore show figure on how you thread your bobbins and upper thread.
to thread bobbin insert the thread on one hole of winder holding thread and rotate thread on counter clockwise rotation several times, loop the thread on tension thread and insert bobbins winder on winder shaftat top of your sewing machine push the latch to lock bobbin winder
pull the handwheel to disengage the clutch and to move the winder free rotation.
press the foot pedal to run your winder and thread your bobbins be sure on counterclock wise rotation.
if winder is full of thread this will automatically disengage the shafting winder from clutch.
4843169.jpginsert winder as in fig. check the thread direction
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5d74924.jpg 153629c.jpg on figure hold and insert bobbins on shuttle race assymble.

on figure show upper threading.
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you can also check your manual on internet
search box type www.kenmore 1581

have a nice day,rate my fix,thank's a lot

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Needle doesnt hook bobbin thread while sewing


Our machine had the same problem, there was a piece of broken thread stuck in the upper tension spring keeping the tension spring open. removing the broken thread in the upper tension solved the problem for us

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