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ON MY 385 I CANNOT GET THE BOBBIN TO WIND THREAD

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I know that it sounds silly but do you have your thread facing the right way? And around the guide the right way? And your clutch disengaged, either on the handwheel and or the bobbin pin lever pushed to the right? Are you holding the tail of the thread for at least 3-4 spins, the releasing? The only other thing could be that the tension looper is disengaged somehow. Good luck, seems like a major pain. I ended up buying a bobbin winder for about $30 for my mother's old machine, she is happy.

Posted on Oct 01, 2010

  • bornagain132 Oct 01, 2010

    thank you for caring , i finally oil everthing i could and let it sit for awhile as it had been stored and got damp . it is working fine now , everthing was really hard to turn at first!!
    thanks again

  • Mary Dunn Oct 01, 2010

    Yea, you made my day. I am so happy that it was just a matter of oiling and that you did not have to take it in for service. Good luck and happy sewing to you.

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Oiling is necessary see post:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t1581593-sears_kenmore_sewing_machine_model_385

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