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Kenmore sewing machine 385.1960180, problem with needle centering

Upon replacing needle, it's out of adjustment as it strikes the plate and the foot. Cannot zigzag stitch as the needle strikes the plate and foot. The needle clamp seems to too jiggly. Could something be broken on it. And the bar to which the needle is attached doesn't center the needle correctly. It's off to the left causing the needle to hit the foot. I've used the correct instructions to center it, but it still is off.

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That sounds like it's definitely an internal adjustment. The machine will need to be opened up and the left/right adjustment taken care of. Is this machine one that you can open the top easily, or is it the type that has the front and rear shell?

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* Check your needle plate to make sure it's securely in position.

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