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Manual for older kenmore sewing machine

Kenmore sewing machine model# 158 19471. I don't have an owners manual for this machine. I need to know tension settings and needle size, where to oil. I'm having major problems with thread bunching underneath fabric and around bobbin case.

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  • balletdancer Nov 15, 2008

    Hi, i also have the same problem and have the same machine. one time while i was changing the bobbin, the two pieces that hold the bobbin in fell out. i keep trying to put them in but its not quite right. they seem to fit in place but when i try to use it the top thread keeps getting caught on the peice that holds the bobbin in and spins. i don't have the instruction manual for this so maybe it would be able to tell me more, and i was wondering if you knew where i could download a free copy.



    thanks

  • shastababy Dec 03, 2008

    I just had my sewing machine serviced w/ a cleaning and complete going over. When I sew with a fabric called "liquid silver" it just bunches up the fabric. When I sew w/ a normal fabric it sews fine.

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    mine does the same thing

  • shastababy May 11, 2010

    The complete model # for my machine is a 158-1792280. I need to know how to fix this problem AND I also need to order a manual for this machine.

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Manual Here: http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/lis_pdf/OWNM/1006108L.pdf

Posted on Dec 23, 2010

  • bilypunkerto Dec 23, 2010

    This took awhile to find...

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What is normal tension settings on a kenmore model 158.12112


The tension depends on what you are sewing but usually a 4 -5. Also make sure thread and needle are the correct size for the materials you are sewing. and make sure needle and bobbin are threaded correctly and that needle is not, blunt or bent. :)

Mar 21, 2017 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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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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How to set up


  • Remove your Janome sewing machine from the box, placing the main machine on a hard surface appropriate for sewing and the accessories and smaller items to the side. Unwrap all of the wrapped items. Remove the tape used to protect the machine during shipment. Set aside the power cord and foot pedal.

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    Attach the power cord to the machine. The power cord plug-in area is located on the lower right side of all Janome sewing machines and has a series of metal prongs and a power switch. Fit the female end of the power cord onto the metal prongs and push it gently until it no longer moves.

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    Attach the foot pedal to the machine. The foot pedal plug-in is also located on the lower right side of all Janome machines, right next to the power cord plug-in. Press the foot pedal plug-in into place gently until it no longer moves.

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    Turn the power switch on. The power switch is located in the same area as the foot pedal and power cord plug-ins and is a rectangular black switch. Press this button. The sewing machine light will turn on.

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    Place a spool of thread on the spool pin, located on the upper right top side of the sewing machine. Place the thread so that the thread unwinds in a counterclockwise motion, with the thread coming off the back of the spool.

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    Insert a needle into your machine. Consult your owner's manual for the appropriate size and type of needle. Turn the needle clamp screw, located above the needle area, toward you to loosen it. Turn the needle so that the flat part of the upper shaft area faces the rear and slide the shaft of the needle up and into the needle area. Turn the needle clamp screw away from you to tighten the needle and lock it into place.

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    Wind the bobbin and insert the bobbin into the bobbin case. This procedure may vary depending on the model of your Janome machine, so consult your owner's manual for specific instructions.

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    Thread your machine according to the directions in your owner's manual. Like the bobbin, this procedure can vary widely depending on the model of your Janome machine.

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    Set your tension, located on the front of the machine, to halfway between three and four. The tension may be a dial or it may be computerized and located on the LCD screen, depending on your model. Consult your owner's manual to find out how to set the tension.

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    Place a piece of scrap fabric in the machine and sew a test seam before you start to work on a project to make sure all of your settings are correct.
    Things You'll Need

    • Janome sewing machine
    • Owner's manual
    • Needles
    • Thread
    • Bobbin

Jan 11, 2012 | Janome Sewing Machines

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Sewing two pieces of cotton fabric with batting between. using NEW clark brand thread, NEW size 14 needle, during sewing the thread on the underside of the piece knots up jams the machine after sewing...


Threads underneath is the top thread coming down and not being tensioned enough by the top tension dial. So turn the top tension back to 5 and test sew. Does this produce an even stitch tension top and bottom.

If this then is still giving the looping underneath, recheck that the top thread has seated into the tension discs fully, always raise the pressure foot before threading the top of the machine so the tension discs are open fully.

Also cleaning top tension discs sometimes helps, to do this, turn tension dial right down to zero, raise pressure foot, remove all top thread and "floss" between the tension discs with the selvage edge of a clean piece of cotton fabric, if you get lots of gunk on the fabric edge from the tension discs, then keep cleaning with a fresh bit of fabric. Thread, especially, black or cheap brands, will shed dye particles and this will build up in the tension device with time. You can also clean with some denatured alcohol, just wet the fabric edge and floss again. Just don't get onto any plastic bits.

Now thread up again, set tension to 5 and check that the top thread is in tension by threading down to just before the needle, lowering the pressure foot, and pulling on the thread. It should be firm. If you can't get this to happen at all, then the tension device may have broken and will need to be serviced by a technician.

Also if you don't have a manual for your singer you can download at http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals, just type in your model number and click search.

Jul 03, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Tension adjustments- bobbin metal or plastic-needle size- for sewing on jean cloth


Most machines can sew on jeans fabric, but you may need to go slowly or even hand-turn the needle when crossing thick seams to keep from bending or breaking your needle.

Bobbin: It won't matter if you use plastic or metal bobbins.

Needle: You should use a heavier needle - you can purchase 'jeans' needles, or use the heaviest sharp or universal needle you have.

Tension: For tension adjustment, you can follow the guidelines in your sewing machine manual but you'll also need to adjust the tension based on sewing on scraps of the fabric. If you are sewing light-weight denim, the settings are pretty much the default/normal settings. As you increase the weight/thickness of the fabric and seams to cross, you'll need to loosen your pressure foot tension. If you use decorative 'jeans' thread or topstitching thread, you'll need to loosen your needle tension.
*Always test on scrap fabric to make sure the stitches are forming properly. It is best to make small adjustments to your tension settings, then test, then adjust and test, until it is right. If you sew that weight of fabric often, make note of your tension settings inside your machine manual to save you some time the next time you sew.
I hope this helps.

Apr 01, 2011 | Brother XL-5130 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Uneven, breaking thread stitches- tension adjustment problem.


Set the tension to the number recommended in the manual for the type of fabric you are sewing.

The manual will also indicate the needle size according to fabric. Make sure when you change needles that the flat side is toward the back of the machine.

Always thread a sewing machine with the presser foot up.

This opens the tension and lets the thread "seat" into the tension and then the thread can be properly feed to the needle according to the tension setting.

Mar 06, 2010 | Singer 1120 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Is it possible to download a manual for the kenmore 385 12912 I cannot adjust the tension properly and am not certain whether I am possibly threading the machine wrong or fitting the bobbin in wrong Help


tension can be tricky because it must be adjusted to each different types of fabric and proper needle size to each fabric try google sewing machines then enter the model number and then enter HOW TO THREAD

Dec 12, 2009 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Sears Kenmore Sewing machine model 15358 Just got this machine brand new yesterday. I've gone through the manual very carefully to make sure the machine is threaded properly. It's very similiar to my old...


The tensions must match ie. top tension =bottom tension. If the material is not sewn together tightly, that means the tensions are mismatched. Sewing machines will sew whenever the top and bottom tensions are equal (be it very tight or very loose).

We usually advise the customer to not touch the bobbin case tension. When that is not changed, all tension adjustments can be made from the top tension above the needle.

It appears that one of the two tensions (top or bottom) is much tighter then the other. I would reset the tensions to how they came, if you are unfamiliar with sewing machines this may take a little bit of experimenting until you get it back to a standard quality stitch.

The other option would be bring it to a sewing tech. A good mechanic should be able to adjust the machine and your tensions to your fabric (and recommend needle size for your thread/materials) in about an hour.

Apr 15, 2009 | Kenmore 15358

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