Question about Kenmore Drop-In Bobbin 16231 Mechanical Sewing Machine
Can you do an ordinary reverse stitch, if not, the reverse mechanism may be jammed, that will need some further internal exploration,
BUT, if you can, then:
The sensor arm that pulls down from the machine needs to be between the carriage stoppers, this tells the machine how large the button is, therefore, when to change direction.
The Kenmore is similar (same?) as Janome I believe and so should be very similar to this image.
Ensure that the sensor arm is pulled down between these two plastic stoppers at points maked with red, if the arm is at the rear of stopper, it will not do the cycle, just continue.
Only reset the machine after each completed buttonhole, if reset in mid cycle you will be starting a new cycle before it is time.
Do a couple of tests on some scrap fabric before you commit.
Posted on Jan 30, 2008
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