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Thread skips I have a Kenmore 158 with out a manual. After changing a needle it started skiping on heavy material with a heavy duty thread and needle. Thanks for your help, Kim

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  • rail123 Jan 06, 2009

    I just received the kenmore instruction manual and it doesn't show what the needle bar is, I wouls asume it it the device that holds the needle? If that's true I could not find the or lines you say should be flush with the body. If that's not it I should probably get another manual.

    Thanks again,




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Well, Hello Kim. Once the Needle for the machine is changed, there is a good possibility of the timing of the stitches being altered and hence the problem.

  •  Firstly, make sure that the needle is in correctly with the scarf of the needle towards the hook. Take the needle plate off and the presser foot off.
  • Turn the handwheel towards you until the needle is in the lowest position, and on the needle bar you will see two lines somewhere near where the needle bar enters the machine.
  • When the needle is in the lowest position, the top line of the two lines should be flush with the body of the machine.

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