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Sears carries a lot of manuals for their machines, although usually not free. In the meantime, there are many threading videos that demonstrate machine threading. Machines of similar models will thread similarly.
Probably best to raise the presser foot when threading so the thread will seat in the tension disk.
Before trying to sew, be sure to oil your machine with fresh, good quality sewing machine oil. Open the top, the side near the needle bar, and turn it on its back to get the underside. Place a couple drops of oil every place that metal rubs on metal. Adding hot air from a handheld hairdryer will make the oil effective quicker.
Be sure to install a brand new needle and use good quality thread--not old or bargain bin variety!
On the top left, there is probably a push button. This is the presser foot pressure adjustment. When the machine is stored, this pop-up button should be released (press down on the outer ring). Being stored with the pressure full on will eventually compress the spring that provides the pressure. Also, be sure to store the machine with the presser foot in the down position (preferably on a piece of scrap fabric). Avoid running the machine with the presser foot in direct contact with the feed dogs as this will wear the feed dogs and also create grooves in the presser foot.
1. Slide the front plate towards you. (Don't remove)
2. Lower feed dogs by rotating the hand wheel.
3. Raise the pressure foot or totally remove.
4. Remove the plate under the feed dogs.
5. If you remove the front plate it can be replaced at an angle. (Flat like paper) There are springs under the plate that must catch under the main frame of the sewing machine. Twist the plate until straight and push into position.
try rethreading the machine top & bobbin make sure to get ever thread guide try chaning to needle, make sure the needle goes all the way into the needle holder-normally flat side goes to the back of the machine check to make the thread is moving smoothly around the tension dial if these suggestion don't help, then the machine probably could use a servicing
Go to this site www.sewusa.com check the manuals they offer. The only problem is that sewing machine manuals for free are hard to come by unless you join a Sewing forum and ask if someone there has one. .
I just discovered that you can go to www.managemylife.com and under manuals, put in 385.12102 and you can have a free copy of your maual. Hooray, this is a great find because normally you have to pay for it. Happy New Year. Good luck
manuals for kenmore on internet go to search box type " Kenmore sewing machine manual"or you can shown actual threading,dial tension adjustment etc.,...on www.youtube.com
on search box type "Kenmore sewing machine repair" happy sewing,regards