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Kenmore 385 sewing machine

I was sewing and the machine completely locked up. I have checked for thread in the shuttle race ~ it is totally frozen

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Can you remove the bobbin? Clear any thread out - then check the tension on the bobbin case. Use Good quality thread.
Good luck

Posted on Oct 19, 2013

  • sewwot Oct 19, 2013

    ..... did you braek the needle

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SOURCE: Kenmore 385. 11607 needle jams into shuttle or shuttle race

I had the same problem with cleaning and jamming and this might sound silly, but when you're in the middle of trying to fix it remember to look up see that it is threaded up top. I did everything the pp's suggested and when they didn't work I realized the top thread wasn't still threaded around the tension thing anymore. After rethreading it, it worked fine. But I DID reduce the amount of thread on the bobbin at the same time as Drazil suggested.

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SOURCE: How to thread Kenmore 25 sewing machine Model 385

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They have threading diagrams for Kenmore 385 models here.
http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Threading_Diagrams.htm
Scroll down until you get to the Kenmore section.
I think they include bobbin winding etc.
Hope this helps!

Posted on Oct 30, 2010

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How can I put back the suttle race cover and the suttle after I oiling them. In the manual dosen't clear.


Look at the race cover... it's got a couple of matching dents in one side where the little plastic "bunny ears" fit into them. The shuttle goes into the race, then the race cover goes over the shuttle, and you move the little plastic bunny ears into position to hold the cover -- the tips fit in the dents.
Then put in the bobbin in the bobbin case.
It's very much like this: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/85659/Kenmore-385-15208.html?page=68

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I am sewing scout badges on a uniform and when I sew there is a bunch of needle thread bunched up on the bottom (the top looks fine). And the needle thread gets all caught up around the bobbin.


Clean out the bobbin area if there are any thread tangles there.

Refer to the maintenance section of the manual - see the configuration of the bobbin case and shuttle race? The bobbin case as an extending arm and the race a notch. When inserting the bobbin case into the shuttle, turn the handwheel so the needle is at it's highest position. Then lift the lever on the back of the bobbin case and insert the cast into the shuttle, arm pointing straight up toward the bed of the sewing machine.

Now thread the machine with the presser foot up - always - and see if the tangling stops.

When you forget to lift the presser foot before threading the machine, the tension control does not open to capture the thread. Then when you begin to sew, the top thread has no tension, and the bobbin thread, which does have tension, pulls the top thread to the bottom in messy loops.

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I need to know how to clean and oil the machine


From the Sears Kenmore manual:
Using a small brush, remove the lint that accumulates in the shuttle area and around the feed dogs.
To Clean the Shuttle Area:
  1. This area must be kept free of dust, lint and occasional tangled thread. Raise the needle bar to its highest point and remove the bobbin case.
  2. Push levers of shuttle race aside and lift shuttle race cover and shuttle out.
  3. Clean the shuttle race with a small brush.
  4. Put a drop of oil on the center pin of the shuttle and shuttle race.

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My machine is a Brother XL5600; I think I am having a shuttle hook problem. When I lower the sewing needle to "catch" the bobbin thread and pull through- it won't catch and pull through. I have changed out...


Hi

Thanks for using FixYa. The upper thread could be tangled. Remove the thread completely from the machine. The correct size spool cap should be used for the size of the thread spool. Re-thread the machine according to the directions in the manual.

Place a spool of thread on a spool pin and check the upper threading.
Remove the bobbin and make sure the bobbin is threaded properly in the shuttle race. Remove any loose threads or lint in the shuttle race.

Also please check that the bobbin is installed in its case rightly. Needle thread is too tight. Hold the thread lightly to keep the end from going down into the shuttle.

The needle could be thread incorrectly. Thread the needle eye from the front to the back.
The needle could be bent or improperly inserted and install a new needle with the flat side of the needle facing the back.

Please do rate the solution and revert for further assistance.


Thanks
Rylee

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The machine keeps locking up. i have cleaned the bobbin and hook area. there was not much lint


if your machine has a front loading bobbin case, remove it and then remove the shuttle which the bobbin case fits into. most often there is thread or lint caught in the shuttle race preventing the shuttle from turning (it only needs a tiny piece of thread).

if you have done this check any gear meshing to ensure no lint or thread has been caught in the teeth of the gears.

if the machine sews ok and locks up after a few stitches then it sounds like needle threading or tension causing the problem. re-thread the machine and ensure there is sufficient needle thread tension to bend the needle a little when presser foot is down and thread is pulled through needle.

goodluck,

scott.

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Hi!

There are so many reasons due to which the thread is not picking up from the bobbin like:

The upper thread could be tangled. Remove the thread completely from the machine. The correct size spool cap should be used for the size of the thread spool. Re-thread the machine. Remove the bobbin and make sure the bobbin is threaded properly in the shuttle race. Remove any loose threads or lint in the shuttle race.

You could be holding the needle thread too tight. Hold the thread lightly to keep the end from going down into the shuttle.
The needle could be threaded incorrectly. Thread the needle eye from the front to the back.
The needle could be bent or improperly inserted. Install a new needle with the flat side of the needle facing the back.

Do rate the solution as FixYa and revert for further assistance.

Thanks
Rylee

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Bobbin and shuttle case pop out of machine .


You might need to clean the shuttle assembly.

1. Raise the needle bar to its highest position and remove the bobbin case.

2. Push levers sideways of the shuttle assembly and liftshuttle and shuttle race cove out by the center pin.

3. Clean the shuttle race of any lint or small particles of thread with a small brush.

4. Put a drop of oil on the center pin of the shuttle and on the shuttle race.

to reassemble, hold sjuttle by center pin and it carefull into assembly opposit the shuttle driver. Slip shuttle race cover into place. Snap the levers into position.

Occasionally remove the needle plate and clean feed dog with soft brush.

I hope that helps!

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Can't reassemble shuttle hook and shuttle race


the hook driver (still in machine) is 1/2 moon shape. The hook is also 1/2 moon shape. If you set the machine on its back, it's easier. Set the hook 1/2 into the other 1/2 of the hook driver to make a circle. Then put the hook cover on (machine still on its back) with the tabs for the twist locks pointed out. Needle gaurd to the top of the machine. Snap the twist locks in place and viola!
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Kenmore 385. 11607 needle jams into shuttle or shuttle race


I had the same problem with cleaning and jamming and this might sound silly, but when you're in the middle of trying to fix it remember to look up see that it is threaded up top. I did everything the pp's suggested and when they didn't work I realized the top thread wasn't still threaded around the tension thing anymore. After rethreading it, it worked fine. But I DID reduce the amount of thread on the bobbin at the same time as Drazil suggested.

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