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Lost manual, power cord, presser foot lever for Kenmore sewing m.

I received a Kenmore sewing machine (Model 385.1249180) many years ago as a gift and have lost the power cord, presser foot lever, and manual. Obviously I am not a sewer and never used the machine, but now my daughter is sewing so I want to purchase parts. Is there somewhere online I can purchase them?

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I need instuctions on using different presser foot for ja nome schoolmate


Please add a comment with the specific model of Janome Schoolmate sewing machine.

Fpr the Janome Schoolmate S-3015, make sure that the needle is fully up and raise the presser foot. Then press the red button on the back of the presser foot holder to have that foot drop off. Set the pressure dial to 3 before attaching the new presser foot. For snap-on feet, align the pin of the presser foot (the horizontal bar in the middle of the foot) under the presser foot holder. Lower the presser foot holder (using the presser foot height lever) until it locks onto the foot.

For the zipper foot, you need to fit the rear pin on the foot into groove at the back of the presser foot holder. Then lower the presser foot holder onto the zipper foot.

These are shown on page 11 (14 of the PDF) of the manual. You can download the manual here: http://janome.com/en/machines/sewing/schoolmate-s-3015/ . The direct link to the manual is http://janome.com/siteassets/support/manuals/school-models/schoolmate3015.pdf .

For the S-7330, you need to again raise the needle and the presser foot. Press the lever towards (it moves slightly up, not down) the presser foot holder. Then line up the pin on the foot under the presser foot holder and lower the presser foot holder onto the foot so that it locks. This is also in that sewing machine's manual, here: http://janome.com/siteassets/support/manuals/school-models/inst-book-s-7330esf.pdf . See page 14 (18 of the PDF).

I hope this helps.

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How to lower the feed dogs for free motion sewing on model # 16782


There are most likely some numbers missing from the model number you provided. Usually, there is a 3-digit beginning number, ie 115, 385, 401...

I am unable to find model information based on your number, but you can most likely get a user's manual through Sears or try searching the internet (Make Model manual), ie:

Kenmore Sewing Machine Manuals Instruction and Repair Manuals

Sewing machines generally have two ways to disable feed dogs. One way is a lever or knob on the machine itself that physically "drops" the feed dogs so they are below the needleplate. The feed dogs will continue to operate but since they are below the sewing surface, they will not have an effect on the fabric movement. The other way is an accessory that attaches to the needleplate which covers the feed dogs and creates a flat sewing surface.

Another item that is important for free motion quilting is a darning foot or free motion foot. These presser feet are physically shorter in height than a standard presser foot. This means the darning foot, when lowered, does not apply "pressure" to the fabric when it is lowered. It, instead, provides leeway between the presser foot and the fabric so there is room to manually maneuver the fabric while stitching.

You'll just need to CONFIRM that the presser foot shank is correct for your machine (low shank, high shank, slant shank).

There are probably a multitude of designs available for your machine, either Kenmore or generic brands. Once you've determined your machine's shank, it would be a personal decision as to the design you'd prefer, which could be metal or plastic, closed, open, or clear see-thru as well as various shapes, round, oval, etc. There are also some feet that are spring-loaded so they "hop" while you stitch, or feet that are solid.

These are examples of different darning/free motion presser feet.

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Search the internet for:

Manufacturer + Model + the word "Manual" or "presser foot"

There are online sewing machine suppliers who will most likely have replacement presser feet for your machine.

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Sewing shops are loaded with this stuff. You can order online too. You'll need the make & model number. Do a little research, I think Kenmores are simply repackaged Singers.

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Does the presser foot lift up when you use the lever? Can you open the face cover plate and see the presser foot lever to see if it is connected and functional or has it become disconnected?

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It is an issue more to due with regular maintenance than replacement part....have it serviced and cleaned properly.

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I was recently given a Euro-ProShark Automatic model 417 to use w/my quilting group at church. It is missing the manual, power cord and presser foot. Can you help me find out? Thanks.


Check out the foot controls at http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/search.aspx?find=Euro+Pro+foot+control. They have a diagram at the top of each of the selections showing what the connection looks like. I looked at each of the Euro Pro Models that the foots are compatible with, but didn't find the 417. I found models close to it. But if you find a connection type that is the same, it should work. Make sure of the return policy before you order, just in case.

As far as the presser foot goes, a universal type presser foot fits nearly any machine I've ever dealt with and heard of in 30+ years of sewing. I still use my grandmother's universals from 60+ years ago on a machine that's computerized and only 3 years old, if that gives you an idea! Check out your local Joann's or Hancock Fabrics or local sewing store. Even ordering online for a universal presser foot will do you just fine.You can look on the same web site as for the foot control at http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/search.aspx?find=Universal+presser+foot for one.

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Ok, so all the credit goes to this website http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/95
Photo 7 shows a buttonhole lever that comes down and contacts the auto buttonhole presser foot. The machine manual is a little vague about this in the section about buttonholes. At the point when it shows the lever being pulled down, the manual should reference the part number in the list of part names in section 1, and it would have been easier for me not to have mistaken that lever with the stop on the side of the presser foot that the lever sits against . . . . that also kinda looks like a lever! Probably a no-brainer for someone who does this all the time, but for a noobie like me . . . .I'm glad I found the website above. So . . . .the machine is now making perfect buttonholes 30 seconds after finding the butonhole lever! Groovy!

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