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I have a kenmore 385-19001,I have not use it for 10 years,I threaded it but it is not sewing,please help

The needle is not moving I press every button but it just make a humming sound

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When a sewing machine sits up for years, the grease and oil need
to checked to see if they need to be replaced after all those years.
and also having the machine checked to see if all the gear and
mechanical part are all ok.

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there are a couple of things that come to mind.  
Bobbin:   wound with uneven tension.  Try taking the bobbin, rewind that thread onto another bobbin and wind slowly.  make sure the thread feeds onto the new bobbin evenly.
upper thread:  catching on something or not flowing off the spool easily.
you're doing well, sounds like you consulted the manual and used your noggin, hang in there and let me know if this doesn't help.  we can troubleshoot some more!

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The clutch has fallen off the shaft. Remove the very small screw in the clutch release screw to remove the clutch release. Place the clutch(round thing with ears on it) back on the shaft with the center ears pointing towards the outside. Put the clutch release screw back on. Tighten it to make sure it works
properly. Put the small screw back in the clutch release screw and test it again. If it will not tighten or release properly, remove the clutch ,rotate it180 degrees and try it again.This should solve your problem.
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Did you remember to tip the clutch on the end to being flat when you were done with the bobbin winding?

The disk tips to disengage the works while winding bobbins.

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SOURCE: Kenmore 158.1703 sewing machine - needle not going up and down

The machine sounds like it has threads caught in the bobbin area thus locking the machine up. Check in there and maybe you can pick them out with tweezers. They may need to be 'softened up' with a little oil before you can get them out!. also Please push the bobbin winder back to the left position and it will release the bobbin winder. Then you should be able to sew. If the needle won't move, you will need to tighten the turning wheel on the right side end of the machine. This should move your needle. Then you should be set to sew.
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Manual for Kenmore 158120


Sears carries manuals for their products.

The Kenmore that I had, takes the needle with the flat side facing the back of the machine. Then the needle is threaded front to back.

You machine is an oldie but "goodie." Make sure you clean and oil (only fresh good quality sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube) 1-2 drops every place where metal rubs against metal. Open the top, the area where the bobbin is located, and the side covering the needlebar. Gently rock the handwheel and watch where things move. Do NOT oil CAMS, plastic/nylon gears, or belts. Oh, don't forget to move the dials and levers and lube those too to keep them moving freely. Do this every 40 hours or so of sewing (or after it has been stored or unused for a period of time) and your machine will serve for many more years. If the machine starts laboring or seizing, it needs TLC.

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I have a Kenmore sewing machine. I'ts about 30 to 40 years old. I have never had a problem with it until today. The needle got stuck down where bobbin is. I don't know if it should be seen by a pro. I can not get the needle out. The Bar on the side will not move either way. help...........!

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Sounds like your worm drive gear is striped and needs to de replaced. If you twist the handel on the end of machine does the needle move up and down.

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Practice and practice some more! Use the same fabric and interfacing as your project and a NEW needle (the correct needle) This is for the Sears Kenmore 385 automatic button hole maker. Make sure you pull the bobbin thread through the Guide Block - it is that simple. Make sure you pull your thread to the back of the machine though the presser foot slot - the correct presser foot. Account for both thread tails before starting to sew. Keep thread tails to the back of the machine 4-5", insert fabric under presser foot keeping thread tails clear. Mark button hole and sew.

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I have a Kenmore as well ,I hope that this will work for you ,too bad that I don't live close to you otherwise I would give a hand. This is the way I fill the bobbin on mine. Mine is located on the top right ,I put the thread into the bobbin hole leaving a small piece of thread hanging for me to hold when I begin the winding, I pull the wheele out to stop the needle from moving while winding, when I am done just push it back in .I run the thread from the spool into the top left it looks like a U turn with a screw go around that without winding just pull it into the bobbin hole. press the foot control and it will begin winding .

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If the needle keeps hitting at one place only, make sure the feed dogs are UP, these are the little teeth you see just level with the metal plate under the needle. If they are below the plate, you need to press a button or lever to bring them up level. Make sure your bobbin is wound evenly and not too tight, or loose, make sure you have inserted it into the bobbin case the right way round, with enough spare thread at the end, about four inches. Hold the thread coming from the NEEDLE in your left hand, do not pull too tight, just a little slack. It has to go down into the bobbin area and pick up the bobbin thread. Now turn the hand wheel at the right end of the machine slowly, until you see the bobbin thread come up through the plate. Pull both threads towards the back of the machine, and you are ready to sew. I do not know the Kenmore, but this is basic advice for most machines. Good Luck.

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