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Reverse not working on Kenmore 385. 1884180

The reverse function on our Kenmore 385. 1884180 is not working. Everything appears to be intact. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  • bygodwv Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same problem -- help!

    everything works fine except the reverse stitch

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SOURCE: My kenmore 385 won't feed fabric

hi there check feed dogs are up not down mary h




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Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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SOURCE: My old Kenmore sewing machine makes a loud squealing noise.

It sounds as if your machine needs a little oiling. If you have a clear machine oil (not 3 in 1). place a drop in the bobbin case area and if you will notice, you will see small holes on the bed and on the top of the machine. place a drop of oil into each of these holes. If you can take the top and bottom covers off, you can put a drop of oil every where you see a hole..some of the machines actually have the oil holes painted a red color. Also place a drop at the handwheel as well. Just remember when oiling, less is better. After oiling, run for a few minutes, if you feel it still needs a litte more, do the same, one drop at a time. After this, if you machine sets for a while, oil just before starting to sew, that way when you put the machine away the oil has been worked through and it should help prevent the squeaking when starting up again.

Posted on Mar 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore 15516 It only goes reverse both ways.

Does it have an automatic buttonhole? If so, is the pattern selector set on part of the buttonhole? set it to straight stitch or Zig Zag

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Feed dog lever not working on my Kenmore 385 24 stitch machine

I surfed around this site for various suggestions, finally took the bottom plate off and cleaned and oiled all the parts along that rod that goes right across (think it's a drive bar that rotates). Ran the machine without thread in for a few minutes to let the oil soak in. Machine now works fine.

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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SOURCE: 30 stitch kenmore....model # 385

It really depends on the type of material you are sewing. But most machines are set at around 4 from the factory. remember right to tighten, left to loosen.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011

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