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I have a Kenmore Sewing Machine model #385.16231 the needle wont pick up the bobbin thread! Is it out of time? If so how do I fix it?

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Here's how you set the timing od the Machine alright:
1. Take the side plate off, take the needle plate off.
2. Take the presser foot off, and put a new needle in the machine. 3. Make sure that the needle is in the lowest position and look at the needle bar for the two timing lines. Locate the top line.
4. Then, turn the handwheel toward you until the top line is where the bottom line was.
At this point, the tip of the hook should be directly in the scarf of the needle.
This should set the timing of the machine perfect....

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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open the bobbin case and see if the hook is turning, if it is it is just a timing problem with the hook and needle, if it isn't tuning you may have a broken gear or timing belt.....It eill need to be looked at or adj by someone who repairs them....Daniel

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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timing issue, need to have serviced.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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needle in backwards?

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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double check the upper and lower tensions they often need to be changed to suit types of fabric and threads

Posted on Dec 13, 2009

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