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Kenmore Model 16221 sewing machine

The needle and cloth get hung up in the bobin holder. I have checked to make sure that bobbin is in correct, no lint in bobbin shuttle, used new needles sill having a problem?

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I am looking for advice on how to oil the Kenmore Model #16221 sewing machine. The manual is vague and confusing. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Kenmore Model 16221 sewing machine

Your machine needs to be clean take it down clean and oil it up and you will have that problem no more.good luck.

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If you still have problems.. check the timing. The shuttle hook should just be starting to pass the needle scarf when the needle is at the lowest point of travel.

I hope that helps you. Good luck.

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The White Sew E-Z model W338 manual is available here: .

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