Question about Kenmore 15343
I blew through the needles that came with the machine within the first couple of months *giggle*
Bought some universal ones and they have been wonderful.....I like the variety and color coding on the ones made for the machine, but they are just too fragile. You can find some universal ones at a specialty shop, wal mart, sewing shops and craft stores.
Posted on Nov 11, 2008
Thread breakage is usually due to the needle in backwards, upper tension too tight or old/weak thread.
When replacing the needle, make sure that the flat side is to the right (3 o'clock position) and is pushed all of the way up before tightening.
What brand and weight of thread are you using and are you sewing with the foot or free motion sewing?
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
SOURCE: Consew 226 breaking needles
I posted an answer to this a couple days ago. If the hook's hitting the needle you need to move it away from the needle. There's a small screw in the bottom of the machine that holds the hook mechanism in place. You need to loosen the screw and gently tap the assembly away from the needle. The hook should just pick up the looped thread as the needle bar rises. You can go to www.consew.com and download a pdf file showing the parts of the machine, also an owners manual. You have to click on the 224 machine. The manual's the same for 224, 225, 226. Or you can click on the 226R-3 - that's the same, too.
Posted on Aug 31, 2009
I had a similar problem with my machine. What I've started doing with mine is setting the stitch length at 3 and the differential feed ratio at 1.0 then I set all 4 thread tensions at 3. I thread the machine from right to left, and then when everything seems to be working okay I take scrap material to test the tension and then set them to suit the material I'm using. Right now I'm working with a twill so my settings are 4-4-5-5. This seems to have stopped the thread slipping off the bottom looper and I haven't had any more needles break. I hope this is helpful.
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
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