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ER message on Kenmore Sensor Sew 70

It is model 385.1950281. The feed dogs are clean enough to eat off of. They are not hitting the plate. I bought this at Goodwill. Brought it home and cleaned and oiled it. I turn it on and it briefly shows 10 then Er. How do I clear it. The machine worked until I touched the button to move the needle up and down. I had to get a replacement cord for it.

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  • Athena123 Apr 25, 2009

    Same problem -an ER message and a humming noise from the sewingmachine Kenmore 389.195101

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The halifax switch under the top cover needs to be adjusted

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    alejandrac88 Apr 02, 2014

    Could you help indicate which is the halifax switch? It is not on the manual.

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SOURCE: bobbin thread/feed dog eating fabric

This is a very common problem with really lightweight fabric and can often be cured (if doing straight stitching) by using a straight stitch needle plate and foot. The wider needle plate and foot openings on newer machines give the machine/thread a wider area to pull the fabric into the machine. By using a straight stitch plate/foot you remove the wide opening, eliminating the majority of the problem.

Also - try using a specially coated needle (Teflon or other non-stick finish). The thread feeds more smoothly through the needle and the needle more smoothly through the fabric, causing less drag into the needle plate opening.

Hope this helps. Don't hesitate to respond to this if you have further specific questions. We're always happy to help

Happy stitching,
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Singer model 518....the material won't feed through.It wants to sew but won't feed cloth through. Thks


Be sure you have the stitch length set high enough that the fabric will actually move instead of sewing mostly in one spot.

One other thing to check is the presser foot applying enough pressure to the fabric so that the feed dogs can grab the fabric? On the top left side of the machine, there is probably either a dial or a push-type button. That would most likely be the pressure adjustment. The tighter that is set, the harder the pressure the presser foot will apply and the more the feed dogs will grab the fabric.

Check that the feed dogs are in the "up" position so they will pull the fabric through the machine. Are the feed dogs actually moving forward, raising above the needle plate, pulling toward the back of the machine, and then dropping below the needleplate before moving forward again? If not, then the problem could be with the feed dogs.

Your machine appears to be a mechanical model. If so, it could be the machine needs a good over-all cleaning and oiling--a couple drops of fresh, good quality sewing machine oil every place that metal rubs on metal (no plastic parts, belts...). Feed dogs are frequently affected when the sewing machine does not receive regular maintenance.

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Will only make very small stitches even when set on 4.


With no make or model, it's guessing. First remove throat plate under presser foot that needle passes through, check for lint on feed dogs and in between feed dog teeth. Next l would oil feed dog mechanism, turn hand-wheel with throat plate removed and look for parts that rub. Lubricate with sew machine oil. Hope it helps.

Apr 02, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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I have cleaned and oiled my sewing machine according to book instructions. Before and after, it doesn't want to pull the material. Seems to want to sew in one spot. Can you help me know what to do?


check the feed dogs in the needle plate area to see if there up or down
look in the book and find where the lever is to change the position of the feed dogs. when there up the fabric will move, but when there down it stays in one place

Sep 10, 2011 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Top thread is ok but bobbin thread misses stitches at will, zigzag stitches don't sew but a straight line. changed needle, sanded burrs off pressure plate, cleared bobbin chase of lint. what have I...


check tension usually 3 or 4 is good
clean under needle plate where feed dogs are for lint
is the flat side of the needle toward the back of the machine
rethread machine
is needle the right one for the fabric & thread
it might also need to be serviced

Nov 24, 2010 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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I own a Necchi model 535f......I have had it cleaned and oiled in the last 4 years....I can't get my fabric to feed through my machine


The feed dog & the presser foot have to work together to feed the fabric thru the machine
The feed dog should be seen when you look at the needle plate, if not the feed dog setting should be checked--the feed dog lever may be to the right of the bobbin area
Open the light bulb door also called the Lamp Cover door or Face Plate,, there should be a knob at the top round or star shaped,, that adjusts the needle bar that puts pressure on the presser foot,, it may have numbers or letters, mine is a star shape & has numbers on it & is set between the 2-3
Adjust it a little at a time & then sew to see which setting is best for your machine

Oct 21, 2010 | Necchi Sewing Machines

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Kenmore model 158 15510 will not catch the material to advance it while sewing. The catch plate does not go up high enough.


Feed dogs.

Check the manual for how to engage/raise the feed dogs.

Or, it could be the machine needs cleaning.

Open the bobbin area and the throat plate (plate under the presser foot) and clean with a soft brush or cotton swab.

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I have a Kenmore 14 stitch sewing machine that I haven't used in years - when I try to use it, the thread and bobbin thread seems to catch and it won't sew forward


take out the thread and bobbin. run the machine with the pressure foot up and watch the feed dogs (toothy things under the pressure foot that move the material through the machine). if they are not rising up above the plate, then you are sewing multiple stitches in one place and that's what spools up the threads. take the plate over the feed dogs off (it just pops up). get someone to remove the two screws holding the feed dog on (it's a torx #10). the piece the feed dogs was screwed to rides up and down on a short piece of polished rod under it. the rod has gummed up to its bearing. bright light, look for this and get some oil (3in1) on the rod above the bearing and force the feed dog mount up and down until it frees up.

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Singer model ce100 does not sew with pedal


Check your feed dogs. On the front, left at the bottom is a manaul switch. If you push it to the right it drops the feed dogs, for embroidery and when you push it left it lift the feed dogs. Just remember to turn the handwheel towards you after switching it to the left, until you hear a clicking sound and the feed dogs engage. Hope this solves your problem.

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Feed dogs are not coming up high enough to catch the fabric


The fault is with the height of the feed dogs it is an internal adjustment that you tech. should make. As a guide if you cant see the majority of the front teeth above the plate or feel them with your finger then they are to low and need to be raised. Also check that the pressure of the sewing foot is set in the right position on the left side of the machine.

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