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Stitch pattern not proper

I have a Kenmore sewing machine. Model # 385.12318.

The stitch is not coming out well. And it seems like the problem is with bobbin thread. Needle thread pattern is good. The bobbin thread pattern comes ok for 3-4 stitches and then the next 2 are very loose or looped.

I tried all the trouble shooting solutions from the manual but no luck.

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Be sure to use a brand new needle.

Remove the top thread from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread the top thread from the beginning.
Remove the bobbin from the bobbin case and re-install it. Check that the bobbin is turning the correct direction in the bobbin case and the thread is threaded through the bobbin case tension.
Set the top tension to the midway point.
Re-test your machine.

If the bobbin thread is still misbehaving, you may want to pick up a new bobbin case for your machine.

Posted on Sep 06, 2017

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Be sure that the thread is routed properly. Then check on the bobbin holder, it may be defective.

Posted on Sep 06, 2017

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

SOURCE: Elna 6003Q Sewing Machine won't snap out of bobbin winding mode

I had the same problem and fixed it myself. Remove the portion of the housing that coincides with the bobbin winder. You will need to remove two screws to do this--one is just to the upper left of the bobbin winder itself, and one is hidden under the handle on the left side of the machine (lift the handle, and look on the machine on the left side.) It takes some coaxing to remove the housing, but it can be done--be gentle. If you need to, remove the housing on the left side of the machine that covers the needle assembly. This will make it a bit easier, but still, be gentle.)
After removing the housing, you will see a black metal piece with a elongated slot and a screw adjacent to the bobbin winder mechanism. Unscrew the screw a turn or two, and slide the piece to the other side. Tighten gently. Turn your machine on, and move your bobbin winder back and forth and watch the screen change from bobbin winding to the main straight stitch screen. Now, do a brief Dance of Joy. I hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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SOURCE: i have the basically the same problem. i was

Check the easy stuff first:
Make sure the needle is inserted in the machine properly- a good rule of thumb is the flat side of the needle should go to the opposite side of the last thread guide. Also make sure the machine is threaded correctly.

the needle is in correctly with the flat side to the rear of the machine, make sure to thread the upper and lower portions of the machine correctly.

the needle is in the machine correctly- all the way up into the needle bar, make sure that it is threaded correctly, etc. If this all checks out ok, take the bobbin case out of the machine. There are two ears on either side of the bobbin case- turn the left one to the left and the right one to the right. Remove the silver ring, and inspect the piece of metal that the ring came off of (looks like a circle with the top cut off). You have to locate the hook which is the piece that looks like a half moon inside the big round metal piece. Locate the tip of it, turn the handwheel toward you until the needle is in the lowest position, at this point the tip of the hook should be flush with top of the left side of the cut off circle. If this is not so, your machine needs to be re-timed. If that is the case.

Posted on Aug 04, 2009

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SOURCE: Bobbin thread will not stitch.

Have you had the machine serviced since you purchased it? This is something that should be done at least once a year.

Take the machine to a certified Singer dealer and explain what is happening. There may or may not be something that needs to be adjusted.

Your warranty is still in effect, but is now limited. Attempting to repair it yourself or having someone who is not a Singer dealer repair it will invalidate the remaining warranty.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010

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have you check your needle to see if it's bent
check to make sure it's threaded correctly

Posted on Jul 30, 2010

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SOURCE: Kenmore 100 stitch 385 It will not pull the bobin

Make sure that you have the bobbin threaded correctly, and that you have a tail of 3-4 inches held in your left hand until the top thread catches, make sure you move your handwheel towards you and your needle is inserted with the flat side facing the rear of your machinine.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

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