Kenmore 385. 11607 needle jams into shuttle or shuttle race
I was sewing along fine for about two feet, then the needle jammed and had to be taken out. I cleaned the shuttle race and put it back in the machine (according to illustrations on p. 39 of manual). When I turn the wheel by hand w/o using the foot pedal, the needle works fine, but as soon as I step on the power, it jams.
I've taken the shuttle pieces apart and reinserted them about ten times. Each time, I think it will work, but it jams every time. Is this a timing problem?
Re: Kenmore 385. 11607 needle jams into shuttle or...
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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To address my needle thread tangling (horribly) in the bobbin compartment, I rethreaded the bobbin. I cleaned the bobbin and the feeder feet, I changed the bobbin and the thread. I changed the tension on the needle thread and the bobbin thread. NO FIX! Then, I changed the needle - the problem was fixed instantly. I sewed awhile and then put the original needle back in. No problem. I think perhaps that the problem is being caused by the needle getting out of alignment somehow during sewing. If you are having the same issue, try it. It can't hurt!
machine was working fine when suddenly it just jammed up. Everything seems to be fine, but the balance wheel is completely jammed rigid. I've looked at the shuttle and there are no thread jams at all. The needle moves fine from side to side with different stitch selections, but wont go up and down with the wheel. I have tried looking in the machine, but I can't find any thread jammed.