The machine works to thread the bobbin but will not move when put back to regular sewing the knob on the side barley turns and there is no thread on it at all. If it does work it goes really slow. Even when the peddle is down to the floor. then it slows and stops.
I had the same problem where my machine stopped working right in the middle of a project. I called me dad and he walked me through the machine over the phone. It boiled down to the machine needing to be oiled. If you're brave enough you need to completely remove the plastic case and oil with sewing machine oil. Refer to manual for proper spots to oil or dish out the cash to have it professionally oiled. If you do it yourself turn the machine by hand (small twists back and forth) until the machine loosens up and definitely until it turning smoothly. Then put it back together and plug it in and give a try....should work. Hope this helps.
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make sure the thread is coming off the thread spool easily,, also make sure the top thread is pulling easy thru the tension disc,,
take the bobbin out of the bobbin case and put it back in the bobbin case--make sure the bobbin is turned counter clock-wise
keep working with the top thread tension,, also try some unwaxed dental floss on the tension disc if possible,, and the try setting the tension to 4 or 5 and see if that helps,,, but if you go thru all the top thread tension numbers and still the stitches don't change then you may have to have the machine checked
There is a lever on the bobbin winder which needs to be shifted back or the knob for cranking the machine into position needs to be pushed or retracted back so it would engage the machine and not the bobbin winder.
Is the knob on the side, where you loosen the needle to rewind the bobbin, tightened? Also, there may be some threads in the bobbin case messing things up. Unplug the machine if you are checking the bobbin case.
1 Release the stop-motion knob on the right side of the sewing machine by turning it oward you.2 Place a spool of thread of your choice on the spool pin located toward the back of the sewing machine.3 Pull thread from the spool through the threading knob on the top of the machine.4 Pull 2 to 3 inches of thread through one of the holes on the bobbin. Hand-wrap thread around the bobbin in an anti-clockwise direction five or six times.5 Place the wrapped bobbin on the bobbin spindle.6 Push the winder spindle to the right, against the stopper, and depress the foot pedal to begin winding.7 Wind bobbin until completed, then return winder spindle to its original position.8 Tighten the stop-motion knob.
You will need to remove the clutch release knob and the 3 eared positioner (the clutch) under that knob. Reposition the clutch on the shaft, put the knob back on and see if you can put the screw back in the hole. If it hits something, remove the knob, remove the clutch and turn it 180 degrees. This will reposition the ears. Put the clutch back on the shaft, put the knob back on the shaft and screw the screw into the hole. Test to be sure the knob releases the hand wheel to wind the bobbin.Be sure the thread is under the thread guide when you wind the bobbin and that there is a slight tension on it. sewman7
you need to insert the bobbin so that when the thread pulls off it spins counter clockwise. on the side closest to you there is a notch that you slip the thread into and then pull along the side towards the back of the machine staying on the left. once you've done that you can manually turn the knob on the side to make the needle cycle down so that the upper thread will pull up the bobbin thread.
I have a Kenmore as well ,I hope that this will work for you ,too bad that I don't live close to you otherwise I would give a hand. This is the way I fill the bobbin on mine.
Mine is located on the top right ,I put the thread into the bobbin hole leaving a small piece of thread hanging for me to hold when I begin the winding, I pull the wheele out to stop the needle from moving while winding, when I am done just push it back in .I run the thread from the spool into the top left it looks like a U turn with a screw go around that without winding just pull it into the bobbin hole. press the foot control and it will begin winding .