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Kenmore 15343 incorrect stitching

My machine is showing the bobbin thread on the top side of my fabric. I have tried changing my needle, adjusting the tension as stated in the manual, cleaning all the lint out of the bobbin case, from around the feed dogs etc. I also checked to see that my bobbin was inserted properly. With adjusting the tension I was able to get a little bit better stitch but it still doesn't look correct. My machine is about 2 months old and I am new at sewing so I'm a little bit of an idiot about sewing machines. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    the stitch does not come out well and its worse down side...i am new too...

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Try adjusting the tension everytime you use the machine.
adjust upper and lower thread tensions.there are bobbin adjustments for thread. also use cotton thread ,many older sewing machines prefer cotton thread,try using guterman's thread.also make sure nthe needle size is correct and that the needle is inserted in the machine correctly.

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When you see the bobbin thread on top of the fabric this can be on e of 2 things usually. 1) thath the top thread tension is too tight or that the bobbin thread loose. Remember the saying righty tighty, lefty loosey. If you have adjust the top tension and it has helped just not enough perhaps you need to try the bottom a small screwdriver to turn the little screw on the outside of the bobbincase may do the trick. only small adjustments 1/4 turn at the most at a time to the right to start with.

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