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Kenmore sewing machine 385 series: I can not pick up my bobbin thread. When I could pick it up, I was skipping stitches.

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  • AaronGo Apr 19, 2008

    My wife's Kenmore sewing machine, model 385.12812690 is having the same problem picking up the bobbin thread. Could someone share how to re-time her machine so we can determine if that is the problem?

    Thanks!

    Aaron

  • freckle Sep 22, 2008

    I have just gotten a Kenmore, model 385.16221, sewing machine and have
    followed the manual directions, yet I can not find out how to pull up
    the bobbin thread. The needle does not pull up the thread.



    How do I do this.

    I'd appreciate any help.

  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2008

    Kenmore sewing mavchine model 385 19030. Needle will not pick up the bobbin thread, except occationally when set in a zigzag stitch and then stitches a straingt line with many skipped stitches. None of the other stitches work at all. I have cleaned it and checked the belts. Everything seems to be in working order.

  • mncb Jan 27, 2009

    My Kenmore sewing machine, model 385.81155 is having a problem picking up the bobbin thread. I think it needs retiming, can you please send me timing instructions. I see you already helped someone with this problem before. I would greatly appreciate if you would help me.

    Thanks!

    Margaret

  • polarjohnjoh Feb 07, 2009

    kenmore 385 81608 sewing machine may need retiming


    It is not picking up the bobbin thread. do you have instructions on how to do
    retiming on this model and can you send them to me .
    polarjohnjohn@yahoo.ca

  • erin_shannon Apr 14, 2009

    I have the same problem. I need instructions on how to fix the timing on my Kenmore 385.16227300.

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Posted on May 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Picking up the bobbin thread

A few suggestions:

  1. Rethread top of machine from scratch with the presser foot raised, i.e. remove thread completely from all thread guides & paths and start from scratch, making sure thread is securely seated between tension disks. Once the needle is re-threaded, lower the presser foot and give the tail end of the thread a tug to make sure there's tension on it.
  2. Make sure the bobbin is turning the correct direction for your machine - and that the thread tail is under the tension plate or bobbin tension guide (depending on machine).
  3. Blow out any fuzz.
  4. Insert a new needle, making sure needle is pushed all the way up.
  5. Oil machine (in locations recommended in your owner's manual).
If the basic cleaning and re-threading (above) don't help, your machine(s) may be out of time or have another mechanical issue that will require a repair technician. We recommend a tech trained on your specific brands - they'll be better trained and able to get any repair parts that may be needed.

Hope this helps narrow down your stitching problems.

Happy sewing,
Kim & Linnette

Posted on Jun 27, 2008

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SOURCE: Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine Model 385. 1254180 Bobbin Won't Wind

On some of these machines when the bobbin winder is on it stops the rest of the machine from working. Push the bobbin winder mechanism to the left and see if your machine will work.
sewman7

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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SOURCE: my 385.15516000 Kenmore sewing machine is skipping

have you tried a new needle? needle in correctly? threaded correctly?

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Won't pick up bobbin thread

Does she have the right needle in? If the needle is to short it won't pick up the thread. If that is not the issue than it could be timing

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

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