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Knobs left to right - Needle position = Center, Length to something reasonable (try 3 to start), Width - hold the knob in and turn it to other than 0.

Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Sep 14, 2020

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Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Aug 02, 2015

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Loose bottom stitches come from the top, not the bottom. Seems weird, but that's the way sewing machines work.

The dial tension should be set at the mid range and make absolutely sure that you have the machine threaded correctly. Both things will cause a sloppy bottom stitch.


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Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Dec 28, 2013

Unplug the machine and remove the needle plate so that the bobbin case if fully exposed. Lift out the bobbin case and the cup that it sets in will be visible. Locate the "hook" on this cup. It is a finger with a sharp point at the upper edge of the cup. The hook is what grabs the thread from the needle while sewing.
  • Thread the needle.
  • Turn the handwheel by hand.
  • Watch the hook as it approaches the needle from right to left.
If the hook passes by the needle AFTER the eye of the needle is above it, you timing has slipped and the machine must be taken in for repair.
If the hook catches the thread from the needle, put everything back together and try threading again.

Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Dec 01, 2013

Look in the manual first, it has ALL the info you need...or have a look at this link:http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Threading_Diagrams.htm

Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Nov 04, 2011

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Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Jan 04, 2011

Broken or slipping Belt running off handwheel is most likely UNPLUG MACHINE FIRST !!
remove side cover, tighten motor adjustment to slightly slack like car fanbelt (not tight, some "give" is needed).
If you cannot easily open the case, take it to Service Centre or you WILL break casing clips.

Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Dec 17, 2010

The dial at the top right hand of machine ,turn it fron 0 to 1-5 for zigzag

Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Sep 21, 2010

Make sure the stitch is set to a sewing stitch, (not a buttonhole stitch).
Set the stitch length dial to a longer stitch.
Make sure you have you feed dogs set to the "up" position.

Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Apr 08, 2010


Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Apr 05, 2010

its not easy sewing left handed is it? i think that oil has got into the switch and you have lost forwards drive now,,give it a good wiggel about till it clears it out, if it was working ok the last time you used it its just got a bit sticky thats all,,,i hope you used a light oil?

Kenmore 12102 | Answered on Oct 24, 2009

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