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Kenmore 385.16764 New machine--has sewed beautifully til today.  Now my bobbin thread won't catch & there's no stitch at all.

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  • spazzy911 Dec 17, 2008

    I just bought this machine couple weeks ago. The first couple times i used it - did not have a problem. Couple days ago about mid-way thru a project - the thread got tangled in the bobbin area, and now the bobbin will not rotate and the thread does not join in the stitch.

    I have tried several times to thread the bobbin with no luck.

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    I have the same problem with the bobbin. What did you do? Have you corrected it?



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SOURCE: the bobbin thread on sewing machine will not catch

how do you retime

Posted on Aug 13, 2008


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SOURCE: skipping stitches or won't sew

Re-timing is a possible solution but there is a couple of other possible causes. Bent needles are the first thing to check (but you said you changed needles). Another cause in this machine is wear. This machine has been around long enough for the guides for the needle shaft to have worn. You can check this by grasping the needle clamp screw and pushing it front to back. If there is more play than about half the thickness of you thread you're probably going to drop stitches. To verify this is the problem take a piece of string and loop it around the needle clamp screw and pull backwards on it while sewing. If your machine stops dropping stitches you've found your problem and need to take your machine for service.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009



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SOURCE: kenmore sewing machine model 385 16764

There's a website called which is sponsored by Sears. It's free to join. Go to the Home Manager column and choose Owner's Manuals from the drop down menu.

You can type in the brand name (Kenmore) and model number of your machine. Not all of them are in there but, I did find the one for the 1950280 question. It's a pdf file.

For the 38516764 question, please double check your model number. I received either no response or a Kenmore Elite dishwasher manual in response to my query.

Posted on Feb 04, 2009


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SOURCE: Bobbin wont feed

a. needle in backwards
b. needle threaded wrong

Posted on May 04, 2009


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SOURCE: need sewing machince help????

breaking thread and thread below not hook up by upper thrread, this is due on not properly set up of thread tension,first check bobbins windin35caecd.jpgg see figure.the threads should
be counter clockwise.
the theading on upper set up should prorerly inserted follow figures.7dabcae.jpg
the dial set up tension should start at #3 to # 5
the stitch tension should be set to # 8 to # 12
use trial run for fabrics,diffferent set up in every fabric tru to study before sewing in other fabrics.have a nice day don't forget to rate me.thank s a lot

Posted on May 17, 2009

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What's wrong with my machine New Home SW2018 thread doesn't seem to catch the bobbin and the stitches are huge.

There could be several reasons why the thread on your New Home SW2018 sewing machine is not catching the bobbin and the stitches are coming out too large. Here are a few possible causes and things you can try to troubleshoot the issue:
  1. Bobbin tension is too tight or too loose: The tension on the bobbin should be just right in order for the thread to catch and form proper stitches. Check the bobbin tension and make sure it is set correctly.
  2. Needle is not properly inserted or is damaged: Make sure the needle is fully inserted and tightened in the machine, and that it is not bent or damaged.
  3. Upper thread is not properly threaded: Make sure the upper thread is properly threaded through the tension discs and the take-up lever.
  4. Machine is not properly lubricated: Lack of lubrication can cause the machine to perform poorly and produce uneven stitches. Make sure the machine is lubricated according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Machine is not set to the correct stitch length or width: Check the stitch settings on the machine and make sure they are set to the correct length and width for your project.
I hope this information is helpful. If you have tried these troubleshooting steps and are still experiencing problems, it may be best to seek the help of a qualified sewing machine repair technician. They will be able to diagnose and fix any issues with your machine.

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try adjusting the top thread tension one number or letter higher
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I have a brother ls-2125 sewing machine. the upper thread is not catching the bobbin thread properly. help please

  1. Tension
    • Your sewing machine tension controls the rate at which the thread is fed through either the upper section of your machine or through the bobbin case. If your upper or bobbin threads aren't threading properly, sometimes adjusting the tension will correct this problem.
    • Your sewing machine works by passing the upper thread through the needle of the sewing machine at precisely the same time the bobbin brings its thread to its uppermost position. If either the needle or the bobbin thread reach these positions too soon or too late, the threads won't interact and create the knots that make the seam. You can throw off your timing by sewing too many layers of fabric or hitting a pin with your needle. See you sewing machine repair facility to correct any timing issues.
    • Thread can get snagged or caught in the upper section of your machine or on lint pieces in the lower bobbin section. If your threads aren't catching properly, you may be able to fix it by unthreading and rethreading both your upper thread and bobbin threads.

My sewing machine will pull up the bobbin and looks correct when I start to sew, but then it will not catch it when sewing; therefore, it will not make stitches

Take and rethread the entire machine, sound like it is either the bobbin thread not correctly threaded into the machine or the upper thread isn't being pulled throught the take up lever.

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sounds like it needs a service call. if you do not have a sewing repair man you use regularly to clean machine the local fabric store should know who you could call.
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