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My thread gets stuck down in the bobbin area.

I'm learning how to sew. My thread is getting stuck down in the bobbin area. Then my material gets stuck pulls towards the teeth.

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Ensure that you are threaded correctly, set your tension for roughly 4.5 and "floss" your machine when threading by grabbing the thread by the needle immediately prior to threading the needle with your left hand, and the thread on the top by the spool with your right hand; then pull the thread back and forth briefly.
Ensure that your bobbin is in the bobbin case in the correct orientation.
Ensure that your feed dogs are in the "up" position. Many inexpensive machines do not have the option to drop the feed dogs, and I believe your kenmore to be one that lacks the option, but consult your manual just to be sure.
Also make sure you're using a good quality thread. Use a European thread, and definitely avoid anything from the dollar bin or any kind of "dual duty" type thread. Cheap thread causes nasty nasty things to happen to sewing machines.

If none of these fixes solves your problem, let me know; but going through the above will solve 99% of problems like you're describing.

Good luck,

-R

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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    kristine264 Oct 11, 2012

    yes I have done these things and the thread is still getting stuck,Does this have Anything to do with pressing the pedal with out the foot being down?

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