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Locking up and knotting!!

Hi I just got the Kenmore mini ultra -- used without a manual. It keeps locking up after a few seconds and the thread is long and tangled on the underside of the fabric -- which I can assume is the reason it stops sewing. Since I don't have a manual, and I am not an experienced sewer, does anyone know what my problem may be? Thank you!

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Re: locking up and knotting!!

I just fixed this problem on my Mini Ultra! It turned out that the left side of my machine, above the needle was popped open a little. I tried everything else, but noticed this, popped it back together, and I'm back in business!

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Re: locking up and knotting!!

My machine keep knotting up while im trying to hem my pants.

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Kenmore mini ultra The top thread breaks off from needle after a few stitches. The bobbin seems to Be catching the top thread. Thank you. ??

If the top thread sews a few inches and then breaks, something is catching the top thread and holding it until it breaks. Usually, this will happen when using the old style thread cones with the slit in the edge to keep the thread from raveling off the spool. To prevent the thread from hanging up, turn the thread spool over so the slit is at the top instead of the bottom. Sometimes top thread breaks will happen if the thread becomes looped around the thread spool pin.

Remove the thread, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and then rethread the upper thread. Verify that the thread path is correct and that the thread has not looped around a guide.

If the thread is fraying at the needle eye, the needle/thread are not compatible. Also, the tension may be too high.

Check that the upper tension disk is clean--no gunk buildup or thread pieces stuck.

If the thread is actually breaking when it penetrates the needle plate hole, there may be a burr or nick somewhere below that is catching the upper thread. You can wrap your finger with a piece of fine fabric, like an old pair of hosier, fine knit fabric, etc. and running your finger around in the bobbin area, under the needle plate. If you get snags, then you have a burr or nick. If it is small, you can sometimes smooth it with a fine emery board. If it is a large burr, you may need to purchase a replacement part.

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My Kenmore Mini Ultra sewing machine won't sew the button stitch. I have followed the instructions on the manual but still the thread does not get sewn onto the fabric. Simple straight stitches are ok

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try a different needle--one for the fabric being sewed
try a different bobbin --make sure the bobbin is not warped or damaged
try different thread-- use EVERY thread guide

make sure the bobbin is wound correctly--inserted correctly in to the bobbin case--and turned the right way.

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Why does my thread knot on the back when stitching in place?

Several things to try:
Pull thread tails (both bobbin thread and upper thread) straight back and when you lower the presser foot, make sure they are held down straight back. This may or may not be enough to solve the problem, but it is simple to try, and often works. You might want to hold the thread tails while you start sewing.
Use a starter--folded piece of fabric scrap about an inch long--and begin sewing oink middle of starter. Push the fabric you want to see right up to the starter and keep sewing from the starter right onto your project without lifting the presser foot or cutting the thread. When you finish sewing, cut the little piece of thread between the starter and your project.
Before lowering presser foot, use wheel to lower your needle once and then pull up bobbin thread to top surface of your project. Then hold both bobbin and upper thread tails, lower your presser foot, and begin sewing. Release the thread tails after a few stitches.
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How do i thread a kenmore ultra mini?

o to They have manuals to download for FREE. Your model is 385 11206 Ultra Mini Kenmore. I had the same problem, misplaced my manual and found it online yesterday 01-20-11. It's upsetting to me that so many people are on here trying to get everyone to pay $10 for something they are getting for FREE. I've tried several times to copy it to this posting without luck. Hopefully the money makers will not delete my posting and everyone can get the free manuals. I think they have manuals available for most things they sell available free like this.Good Luck!

The manual will tell you how to thread it. :)

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Use a new bobbin and re-thread the machine, with the presser foot UP.

Install a new needle, again according to the directions in the manual. Installed incorrectly can lead to mis-stitching.

If the problem persits, the timing may need adjusting.

This should be done by the sewing machine tech for Kenmore. has a guide for this in the repair section, but you could end up with more problems.

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