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Color coded Kenmore needles

My upper thread keeps breaking and I think the needle is dull. I went searching through my sewing stuff and found Kenmore needles in red, purple and green.

On the internet, I found descriptions for blue #14 (jersey tricot, swimwear, single knit), red #14 (flannel, velour, muslin, velveteen, poplin, corduroy), and purple #16 (denim, fake fur, double-faced wool). I haven't found anything on green. What is green for? I'm using charmeuse silk (19.5 mm - tightly woven). What should I use? [And the rhetorical question - if Sears uses color-coding, why don't they have a guide somewhere on their site?]

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Hi there, The different colors only correspond with the size of the needle. Green is actually a size 18 (110) needles which is basically as big as they come! your best bet would be to go with a size 11 (75) or 12 (80) needle. For the Kenmore color coding it would blue or orange respectively. Hope this helps

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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.

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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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Kenmore model#1385 thread keeps breaking machine never been used


Install a brand new needle. A bent/dull/damaged needle can cause broken thread.

Use only good quality thread--no old thread or bargain bin variety.

Make sure you are using the correct type of needle and thread for the fabric you are sewing.

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Always Raise the Presser Foot then rethread the machine from the beginning. Check that the thread path is correct. Incorrect threading will also cause thread to break. (Make sure the thread is not hanging up on the thread spool causing it to break.)

Set the upper tension somewhere around the midway point (this is the standard factory setting). Test. You will probably need to tweak the tension to get it where the two threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

If the thread continues to break, there may be a burr or nick somewhere on the needle plate or the bobbin area that is catching and breaking the thread.

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Search the internet for:
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or search YouTube videos for "sewing machine threading." You may not find your exact machine, but many machines have similar threading patterns. Be sure to raise the presser foot before threading the upper thread so it will seat properly in the tension disk.

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You might have an old needle. Most sewing experts recommend changing the needle between each project. As the needle ages the eye of the needle becomes rough and cuts the thread.
Alternatively, you might be using the wrong needle. Depending on the thickness of your fabric and the type of thread you are using you should adjust your needle type. There are needles for denim and needles for metallic threads.
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1.the needle may be bent or damaged--try rolling the needle on a flat surface to see if it's bent or not
Or the needle could be in backwards
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Correct needle insertion is mandatory for proper use of sewing machine.
Raise the needle bar to the highest point, then loosen the clamp screw to remove the old needle, place the new needle in the clamp with the flat side to the back of the machine or if using a round needle--the groove in the needle should face away from the shaft.
Push the needle all the way up to the stop or as far as it will go, then tighten the needle clamp screw
2.upper tension may be to tight--try 3 to 5
3.thread may be hanging up in bobbin case--check area for loose threads or lint
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The most probable cause of lower thread breaking is improperly wound bobbin
1.always start with a empty bobbin
Never wind one color over the other
2.choose thread that is identical in color & type as the one to be used for upper threading
3.wind the bobbin evenly across & in layers
4.don't wind the bobbin so full that it would be tight & hard to insert into bobbin case
5.bent bobbin--replace
6.lint built up in the bobbin case--frequent cleanings will eliminate this problem, the more often you use the sewing machine the more often it needs to be cleaned
7.thread catching on the bobbin spring or latch on bobbin case, check to see that the bobbin is inserted completely & correctly, & that you are using the right kind of bobbin

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1.needle may be in backwards
Correct needle insertion
Correct needle insertion is mandatory for proper use of sewing machine.
Raise the needle bar to the highest point, then loosen the clamp screw to remove the old needle, place the new needle in the clamp with the flat side to the back of the machine or if using a round needle--the groove in the needle should face away from the shaft.
Push the needle all the way up to the stop or as far as it will go, then tighten the needle clamp screw
2.upper tension may be to tight--try 3 to 5
3.the needle may be bent or damaged--try rolling the needle on a flat surface to see if it's bent or not
4.thread may be hanging up in bobbin case--check area for loose threads or lint
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2.choose thread that is identical in color & type as the one to be used for upper threading
3.wind the bobbin evenly across & in layers
4.don't wind the bobbin so full that it would be tight & hard to insert into bobbin case
5.bent bobbin--replace
6.lint built up in the bobbin case--frequent cleanings will eliminate this problem, the more often you use the sewing machine the more often it needs to be cleaned
7.thread catching on the bobbin spring or latch on bobbin case, check to see that the bobbin is inserted completely & correctly, & that you are using the right kind of bobbin .

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