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Kenmore sewing machine jams and breaks the needle

Machine and bobbin are threaded properly; however, lately, the machine begins sewing but the thread only tangles below the plate and breaks off the needle. Any suggestions?

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My Mother-in-law solved my problem. With this one tip.Check your needle first and make sure it's always up. If the thread is wading on the underside of the material its the thread going thru the machine. If its on the top side its your bobbin. Never knew thid. Rethreaded the machine and it took off like a charm.

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Always make sure the needle is inserted correctly and all the way
up into the needle holder
try a different bobbin
make sure the bobbin is turned the right way in the bobbin case
make sure the bobbin case is inserted correctly in to the machine
if it's a front or side loading bobbin case
make sure the top thread has not come off the top thread take up
lever

Needle breaks
1.the needle is damaged
2.the needle is not correctly inserted
3.wrong size needle for the fabric
4.the wrong foot is attached
5.the needle clamp screw is loose
6. Top tension is too tight
7. Machine could be out of time

Posted on Dec 01, 2012

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SOURCE: Bobbin thread breaks

Make sure your bobbin thread is turning clockwise as it sits in the bobbin case. There is a screw on the outside of the bobbin case you can turn with your thumb slightly to adjust tension. If you dangle the case from the thread and give it a light ****, it should move down slightly when doing so-an indicator of good bobbin tension.

Posted on May 20, 2008

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Turned out I am an idiot and had my needle in backwards, leading to the tangling. No idea why the needle plate would not unscrew, but my superhero husband got it off!

Posted on Aug 22, 2008

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SOURCE: bobbin thread bunches up creating a tangled mess under the plate

This could either be due to the bobbin being wound too loosely, or the tension on the top thread is too loose. This just happened to me the other day, and I thought it was the bobbin thread, but then I put another bobbin in with a different color than the top thread (this is a huge help in diagnosing thread issues), and I was surprised to find that it was actually the top thread that was a big loopy mess on the underside of the fabric. I fixed it by tightening the tension on the top thread (quite a bit), and everything was fine.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

SOURCE: The bobbin thread breaks

if upper thread is breaking
1. needle in backward
2.upper tension to tight-check manual for proper setting
3.needle maybe bent-try rolling needle on flat surface to see if it's bent & if so replace
4.thread may hang on bobbin case-check area for lent or fragments of old threads
5. knotty or cheap thread-always use good quality thread
if lower thread is breaking
1.the most probable cause of lower thread breaking is an inproperly wound bobbin
2.bent bobbin
3.lint built up in case
4. thread catching on a spring or latch

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

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The top thread is probably breaking due to the bobbin thread tangling.
First-off fit a new needle .... do that anyway ! And if you haven't recently cleaned your machine (and you should do it every week as a minimum), clean-out under the stitch plate, remove the hook, clean the hook race and give it a small drop of oil, even if you're using the lightweight plastic hook/shuttle. Check that you have adequate bobbin tension ... when you pull the thread out of the bobbin case there should be a bit of resistance --- technically, this should be set-up using the correct tool and a set of weights, but if there is no, or very little resistance, you need to increase the bobbin tension a little bit at a time using the small screw that holds the tension spring down onto the bobbin case. This is a very fine adjustment, so you may find you only need to turn the screw less than a quarter turn to get it right. Ensure that, when you thread the top thread up, you do-so with the foot lifted so that the thread goes down properly between the top tension discs.If you're still not getting anywhere, check the basic timing/needle depth by looking at some of my other posts on the subject.

Posted on Dec 05, 2011

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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.
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Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
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3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
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1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
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2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
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