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Kenmore Sewing Machine Model 385.1960180 goes through all the motions but doesn't make one stitch. I did everything the manual said to do trying to troubleshoot, but nothing I did has helped.

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SOURCE: Kenmore sewing machine manual for model # 148 12080. (older)

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SOURCE: my sewing machine is sewing in reverse Kenmore 385-1960180

Hopefully this is only a mechanical problem that can be fixed with oil. If not it is either a stepper motor or circuit board. If you are not comfortable with removing covers and oiling then it needs to go to the shop.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Dropping Feed dogs on kenmore model 19233

Pull out the removable table and you will see the drop down feed dogs switch lever behind the back of the machine. Move that lever to the left or right to have feed dogs go back to normal sewing mode OR for embroidery mode.

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How to lower the feed dogs for free motion sewing on model # 16782


There are most likely some numbers missing from the model number you provided. Usually, there is a 3-digit beginning number, ie 115, 385, 401...

I am unable to find model information based on your number, but you can most likely get a user's manual through Sears or try searching the internet (Make Model manual), ie:

Kenmore Sewing Machine Manuals Instruction and Repair Manuals

Sewing machines generally have two ways to disable feed dogs. One way is a lever or knob on the machine itself that physically "drops" the feed dogs so they are below the needleplate. The feed dogs will continue to operate but since they are below the sewing surface, they will not have an effect on the fabric movement. The other way is an accessory that attaches to the needleplate which covers the feed dogs and creates a flat sewing surface.

Another item that is important for free motion quilting is a darning foot or free motion foot. These presser feet are physically shorter in height than a standard presser foot. This means the darning foot, when lowered, does not apply "pressure" to the fabric when it is lowered. It, instead, provides leeway between the presser foot and the fabric so there is room to manually maneuver the fabric while stitching.

You'll just need to CONFIRM that the presser foot shank is correct for your machine (low shank, high shank, slant shank).

There are probably a multitude of designs available for your machine, either Kenmore or generic brands. Once you've determined your machine's shank, it would be a personal decision as to the design you'd prefer, which could be metal or plastic, closed, open, or clear see-thru as well as various shapes, round, oval, etc. There are also some feet that are spring-loaded so they "hop" while you stitch, or feet that are solid.

These are examples of different darning/free motion presser feet.

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Nov 27, 2016 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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I have a kenmore model#385.19153690 sewing machine. I cant seem to get a long stitch going forward, only when I go backwards can I get a long stitch. So I'm stuck with a short stitch when sewing forwa


Given this is a computerized machine, it may well be it needs a repair shop.. it's not just a matter of adjusting a knob.

Do you have the manual ? If not, I'd try to find one.. many sites online sell copies of manuals for a lot of machines, well worth a google search. If it's simply not doing what you have set it to do, then repair is likely going to have to be professional.

Nov 18, 2014 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Service manual for Kenmore 385 sewing machine


You probably can't, unless you know a repair person who'd be willing to lend you his/hers. http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Kenmore-Parts/Sewing-machine-Parts/Model-3851884180/0582/1210000?pathTaken=&prst=0&shdMod=3851884180 is the parts diagram for this machine.

However, I know of no "string" associated with a stitch selector on any machine, so I'm wondering if you might need a pro to help...

Feb 11, 2014 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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I just got an old Sears Kenmore Sewing machine model 385.17781. Everything is working fine except the reverse stitch. When the reverse button is pressed, the fabric doesn't move or sometimes movin


it sounds like the feed dogs & the reverse button need to be
checked at a repair shop,
to see why they are not responding to each other.

Sep 08, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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Hello, I have a kenmore sewing machine model #385.19233 . It is not broken, what i need is someone who can tell me how to get this machine to do free motion sewing. I hope you can help me.


If your machine has an embroidery foot, this will allow you to free motion embroidery. The embroidery foot will be positioned close to the fabric but will not hold the fabric in place.The presser foot must be down so that you will have the correct tension. Once the foot is on, the presser foot lifter is in the down position, then it's up to you to guide the fabric under the machine in the pattern you want. I advise a regular straight stitch with about 6-8 stitches to the inch. Move the fabric at a medium speed under the foot. If you move too slowly the stitches will be too close. If you move too quickly you'll have HUGE skips in your stitches. The main thing to know is that you can't use a regular foot because it will hold the fabric in place, even if you lower the feed dogs. When I free motion, I use the embroidery foot and keep the feed dogs up just to give a little resistance but NOT to hold the fabric in place. I love doing the free motion and I hope this helps you get started. If it helps you, please come back and rate my advice. Thanks!

Aug 01, 2011 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Machine does not stitch properly It is stitching for a buttonhole no matter what you set it on. This is an older Kenmore machine.It says the model number is 566-93671 on the cabinet it is in.


Re-check your manual to see if everything is in place for stitching; engaged or disengaged according to the manual.

If it is, and the machine has not been serviced lately, a professional should take a look at it.

When sewing machines are not serviced on a regular bases, the gears can get gummy with lint and old lubricant.

Get an estimate for the service as it may be more than you want to invest in an older machine - you know the machine best.

Feb 23, 2010 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Kenmore 19233 computerized sewing machine


On my machine I find that my bottom and top free motion stitches are more uniform when I set my needle thread tension at 8 or 9. Also, you might want to use a top stitch needle.

Good luck,
SewReady

Nov 07, 2008 | Kenmore 19233 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Machine model 19233


On my machine I find that my bottom and top free motion stitches are more uniform when I set my needle thread tension at 8 or 9. This is inaddition to what you are already doing. Also, you might want to use a top stitch needle.

Good luck,
SewReady

Nov 06, 2008 | Kenmore 19233 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Free motion


If the machine works on regular stitching and only messes up on free motion ,the most likely problem is the presser foot has not been lowered. Get everything ready to sew, lower the presser foot lever and pull on the upper thread near the take up lever. It should have tension on it. Raise the foot and try again, it should not have tension on it . If this is what you get, lower the presser foot lever and try it again.
sewman7

Jun 10, 2008 | Kenmore 19233 Computerized Sewing Machine

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