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Kenmore 385.16764 New machine--has sewed beautifully til today.  Now my bobbin thread won't catch & there's no stitch at all.

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SOURCE: the bobbin thread on sewing machine will not catch

how do you retime

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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SOURCE: skipping stitches or won't sew

Re-timing is a possible solution but there is a couple of other possible causes. Bent needles are the first thing to check (but you said you changed needles). Another cause in this machine is wear. This machine has been around long enough for the guides for the needle shaft to have worn. You can check this by grasping the needle clamp screw and pushing it front to back. If there is more play than about half the thickness of you thread you're probably going to drop stitches. To verify this is the problem take a piece of string and loop it around the needle clamp screw and pull backwards on it while sewing. If your machine stops dropping stitches you've found your problem and need to take your machine for service.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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SOURCE: kenmore sewing machine model 385 16764

There's a website called which is sponsored by Sears. It's free to join. Go to the Home Manager column and choose Owner's Manuals from the drop down menu.

You can type in the brand name (Kenmore) and model number of your machine. Not all of them are in there but, I did find the one for the 1950280 question. It's a pdf file.

For the 38516764 question, please double check your model number. I received either no response or a Kenmore Elite dishwasher manual in response to my query.

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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SOURCE: Bobbin wont feed

a. needle in backwards
b. needle threaded wrong

Posted on May 04, 2009

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SOURCE: need sewing machince help????

breaking thread and thread below not hook up by upper thrread, this is due on not properly set up of thread tension,first check bobbins windin35caecd.jpgg see figure.the threads should
be counter clockwise.
the theading on upper set up should prorerly inserted follow figures.7dabcae.jpg
the dial set up tension should start at #3 to # 5
the stitch tension should be set to # 8 to # 12
use trial run for fabrics,diffferent set up in every fabric tru to study before sewing in other fabrics.have a nice day don't forget to rate me.thank s a lot

Posted on May 17, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a Kenmore 14 stitch sewing machine that I

take out the thread and bobbin. run the machine with the pressure foot up and watch the feed dogs (toothy things under the pressure foot that move the material through the machine). if they are not rising up above the plate, then you are sewing multiple stitches in one place and that's what spools up the threads. take the plate over the feed dogs off (it just pops up). get someone to remove the two screws holding the feed dog on (it's a torx #10). the piece the feed dogs was screwed to rides up and down on a short piece of polished rod under it. the rod has gummed up to its bearing. bright light, look for this and get some oil (3in1) on the rod above the bearing and force the feed dog mount up and down until it frees up.

Posted on Mar 05, 2010

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