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Kenmore 19365 decorative stitch will not stitch

You have to key in the number for the stitch on the stitch panel
8/23/2008 7:16:55 AM • Kenmore 19365... • Answered on Aug 23, 2008


This generic tension setting guide will walk you through attaining the correct balance of tension for any machine.


Ensure that all is clean and free of lint jams....now for tension troubleshooting .......

This solution is for tension problems...if you cannot form any sort of stitch, the issue is quite different, so please let me know if you need a different problem solved.....

It is quite long, but just work through each section in order.
The "knotting up" can reveal a lot. If you have loose threads on one side or the other, the tension on the opposite side will be the culprit.

Ensure sharp new needle,
Thread guides and Bobbin are Clean & Clear of lint
Set Top Tesion to 4 ....then....
Balance Bobbin to suit.

If the looping threads are on the underside as you sew, it is the top tension. Top tension ought to be between 4 & 6 (this variation to allow for the different weights of fabric in your

If you are using a needle that has seen quite a deal of work, or you suspect it may be blunt, change it for a new one !

Make sure that when you thread the machine the presser foot is up so the thread goes between the discs and not to one side, top tension between 4 and 6, and that you have threaded through all the guides, including the last one, usually on the needle arm, just above the needle clamp.

It may be there is lint trapped between the discs, this will keep them slightly apart and reduce the actual tension, sometimes dramatically.

If tensions appear correct, and the thread is definitely in the channel between the discs, but still too loose and looping, try raising presser foot and remove your thread.

Now, with a 2" (50mm) wide strip piece of fabric 8 - 10" (20 - 25cm) moistened with methylated or denatured spirit, gently insert the fabric strip and clean between the discs with
a see saw / to and fro action.

In the worst cases, gentle use of a needle to pick & remove the jam may be necessary, but be very gentle and make sure the tension is set at Zero and the presser foot is raised, (to
disengage tension plates).... do not gouge or score the plates, they need a polished surface to work correctly.

Far less common, but if the loose threads are on the top, it is bobbin tension that is loose, it too may have lint in the spring and be giving a "false" tension.

I would not recommend fiddling with bobbin tension without good reason, it may end up with missing small screws and spring pieces, however, you can take the needle plate off to clean
the hook race area (where bobbin case sits)

...this is just good housekeeping, my wife does this every time she replaces the bobbin....

just take it out and clean the bobbin case and the fixed metal hook race with a small brush to remove lint. If there is a significant amount of lint, use a vacuum and small brush to get the worst.

Then wipe all this area with a cloth or cotton bud (Q tip) moistened (not soaked) with methylated spirit, especially if there appears to be fine dirty deposits....oil and lint combine to conspire against you.

If it seems likely that you ......really ....do .....actually .....need .....to adjust the bobbin case, first check there is no lint trapped in the metal spring where the thread is tensioned.

Drop-in Bobbin case will look similar to this image with the tension screw in the middle of the metalwork....

4c76dc1.jpg ...the other screw at one end is holding it all together, so beware....it is not a tragedy to undo the whole lot and clean it, but very gingerly and lay the bits out in sequence and orientation, or you risk tearing your hair out !

....this is a bobbin case from a front loading machine and works in a very similar fashion to the top loader with drop in bobbin, again, if you dismantle it, take care so you can put it all
back properly.
165ca5c.jpg FINISHING UP
When you are certain there's no trapped lint in top tension or bobbin, set the top tension to 4 and the bobbin tension to a point where you just begin to feel resistance.

Try using good quality thread of contrasting colours so you can more easily spot the changes.

Set your zigzag to one width less than maximum (eg. 5 of 6 ...or... 4 of 5 etc) and sew a sample for a few inches and check the result.... adjust the bobbin tension screw very little at
a time, perhaps 1/16 of a turn.

You may find you are playing with this balance for some little while and if you are putting the needleplate on and off each time begin to think it cannot be correct to do this.....BUT....it is,
and eventually, you do get a "feel" for the correct tension and then it happens quite quickly.....as a user you won't be doing it very often unless there is lint built up (or are there small hands at work around the house !?!?!)

If you live near the ocean as we do, salt air can play havoc with metalwork inside and out, so to help minimise this, keep a few small packets of dessicant (silica gel) in your machine
case....no case ? then make some sort of cover !

Same applies in any damp or humid environment, keep your machine dry and dust free.

Budget for a proper full service every couple of years (more often if heavily used) and if you don't use your machine for a few years, be aware that old oil will dry out and combining with
dust and form a "clag" like glue (another reason for some sort of cover, even a teatowel !)

If it is worth spending the time, energy and money on making something that you would like to give lasting enjoyment......use quality thread, .......it may seem to cost a little more at the
time, but the results, ease of use and added longevity will be worth the extra, and as a bonus, your tension troubles may be fewer and further between, because there is a more consistant diameter with good thread, and less compensating to be done by your tension plates and less thread breaks !

If you want any more help with this, just post back here, or, drop a line through the "Contact Us" page at www.bargainbox.com.au
Don't forget to mention the problem and your Fixya name !
6/13/2008 4:08:37 AM • Kenmore 19365... • Answered on Jun 13, 2008

Machine will ont turn on .... yes, it is plugged in on both ends:)

is it possible that your power source is actually 50Hz and not the standard 60Hz (US)?
5/29/2008 12:03:46 AM • Kenmore 19365... • Answered on May 29, 2008

How do I find the manual for a model c970 555624

You can try to find the manual for your Kenmore model c970 555624 by following these steps:
  1. Visit the Kenmore website at www.kenmore.com.
  2. Click on "Customer Care" at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click on "Manuals & Guides" in the "Quick Links" section.
  4. Enter "c970 555624" in the search bar and click "Search."
  5. If the manual is available, it should appear in the search results. Click on the manual to view or download it.
If the manual is not available on the Kenmore website, you may need to contact Kenmore customer service directly to request a copy.
2/24/2023 10:15:42 PM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Feb 24, 2023

Manual for 385.81716 kenmore sewing machine

Hello! I found a website that offers a free download of the manual for your Kenmore 385.81716 sewing machine. You can find it here: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/150291/Kenmore-385-81716.html I hope this helps!
2/24/2023 3:07:53 PM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Feb 24, 2023

Trying to find manual for Kenmore sewing machine 385 12914. Can find one for 385 12912 and 385 12916. Are these compatible?

The '385 129' is the important bit. The suffixes are often due to different branding or sales outlets or parts of North and South America.
2/18/2023 4:35:24 AM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Feb 18, 2023

Old Kenmore Sewing Machine Model 32

A great many old kenmore machines were badged White machines. You may find that helpful in searching for belts
2/13/2023 1:25:55 PM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Feb 13, 2023

Looking for a free owners manual download Kenmore 148 12190 sewing machine

For any Kenmore 148..... https://homesteady.com/how-7497115-instructions-sewing-machine-model-148.html
1/16/2023 9:56:39 PM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Jan 16, 2023

The lever for the presser foot on my Kenmore 158.441 sewing machine is locked in the down position

If the lever for the presser foot on your Kenmore 158.441 sewing machine is locked in the down position, there could be a few different issues causing the problem. Here are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the issue:
  1. Check the presser foot: Make sure the presser foot is properly installed and aligned on the machine. If the presser foot is not properly installed or aligned, it can cause the lever to become stuck in the down position.
  2. Check the presser foot lever: Inspect the presser foot lever for any visible damage or looseness. Make sure the lever is not bent or broken and that it is properly aligned and connected to the machine.
  3. Check the threading: Make sure the machine is properly threaded. If the thread is not correctly aligned or tensioned, it can cause the presser foot lever to become stuck in the down position.
  4. Check for any other visible issues: Inspect the machine and its components for any visible issues that may be causing the presser foot lever to become stuck in the down position. This can include debris or foreign objects that may have gotten stuck in the machine, or damage to the machine or its components.
If you have tried these troubleshooting steps and the problem persists, it may be necessary to have the machine serviced by a professional. A technician will be able to diagnose the problem and determine the necessary repairs.
12/26/2022 12:15:31 AM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Dec 26, 2022

Have to hold down the start button for the dryer to run could it be a relay?

yes sure sounds like a bad relay to me. but also i wonder if the door close button (the one that tells the machine the door is closed) has stopped working .. still i would go with the relay
12/11/2022 11:41:56 PM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Dec 11, 2022

I can't remove my Kenmore 385 needle for changing... And the needle is hitting presser foot

have you tried a pair pf pliers. remember righty tighty lefty loosy.. (looking at the screw turn it counter clock wise) and it should come loose.. be gentle no need to break it..
12/9/2022 9:14:47 PM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Dec 09, 2022

Why won't my fabric move under the pressor foot when make a button hole?

11/29/2022 9:38:50 AM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Nov 29, 2022

Manual for sears kenmore sewing machine model 5154

There is a 519 and a 54 on this Manuals site. Kenmore normally only has a prefix or three numbers. https://www.manualslib.com/brand/kenmore/sewing-machine.html https://www.google.com/search?q=kenmore+sewing+machine+model+5154+manual ..
10/29/2022 12:40:06 AM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Oct 29, 2022

I have an older kenmore sewing machine i want to attach to a cabinet. What size bolts do i need?

The ones that fit through the hole! If you have a bolt and no nut, remove the bolt and take it into Home Depot to find the nut that fits. If it is an older machine it will be SAE, Fine Thread. If you have a model number, you can Google Kenmore (model) spares. You should find them listed at Sears.
10/21/2022 3:28:18 AM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Oct 21, 2022

Threading Kenmore sewing machine 1168280

Found a picture of one on the internet because I don't own one, but have found consistencies among all machines regarding the threading path in all the machines that I have encountered as a Home Ec teacher in a number of textiles classrooms in two school districts. This one goes from right to left, from spool pin around that hook at top of machine, through the tension discs, down into the valley, up to the take up lever (make sure it is at the highest point), slide thread in and down to the thread guide (floss your teeth to get the thread in there) and through needle eye. Bobbin case is on the front so thread from front to back (needle groove will always face the bobbin and flat on head will face away unless it is 24x3 needle-your machine won't use those). (That knob at the back left, is for the bobbin tension when winding your bobbin.) And there are arrows on the plastic cover of your machine... Take your bobbin and put it on the table. Make it look like a P with the bobbin forming the loop and the thread the stick. Clap the bobbin case on top of bobbin and pick both case and bobbin up (might have to slide it to edge of table) and turn case over. There will be a slot. Put tension on the bobbin so it does not turn, and slide the thread all the way into that slot and out the opening. If bobbin case has a "finger" make sure it is up or opening where thread comes out is mostly up and snap into place. If your take up lever is up...still!..you should hear a click. Hold the lever on back of bobbin case out to prevent bobbin from dropping out as you insert into machine. Hold the spool thread lightly and wind the flywheel over the top away from you. You would be driving right if it was a steering wheel. And rotate the wheel once bringing the take-up lever all the way up and as it begins to come down, there will be a sweet spot and a light tug on the spool thread will bring a loop of the bobbin thread up from the bottom. Sweep your scissors under the presser foot to complete bringing the bobbin thread up. You should be ready to do a tension swatch after adjusting other settings on your machine. ...And yes this is how it sounds when I am teaching children to thread their machines during a demo. Sorry about the shaky red line...this visual should help too.9a95e58c-e0d0-4a27-a9da-02a6dea8d30d-undefined-undefined-0.jpeg
10/12/2022 10:35:38 PM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Oct 12, 2022

Kenmore 1781 won't feed fabric

Have you checked that the button/lever/switch for the feed dogs is engaged? Every machine has a button to disengage the feeddogs for free motion embroidery and darning. This may have been bumped and now they are disengaged. Happens frequently in classrooms when the little dears muck with the machine settings.
10/12/2022 9:59:04 PM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Oct 12, 2022

Kenmore surger wont surge

Does the machine stitch when you turn the hand wheel? Then the belt between the motor and the rest of the machine needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, I can't find the parts list for the 385.15751090. For a different Kenmore serger model, 385.16642090, the belt is no longer available. I suggest you ask your local sewing machine repair person if they have a source for the belt. I wish that I had better news for you. Cindy Wells
10/8/2022 10:01:24 PM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Oct 08, 2022

How can I test the temperature selector switch low, medium, and high for my Kenmore Dryer with a multimeter?

9/13/2022 11:26:51 AM • Kenmore Sewing... • Answered on Sep 13, 2022
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