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I would like to learn how to clean and oil my Kenmore model 19365 sewing machine plus any other routine maintainence. I also am having prolems with my bobbins not staying in the bobbincase while sewing. I was sewing 4 layers of duckcloth fabric. The machine would jam or the thread would break and I could hear the bobbin moving or flopping around in the bobbincase. The automatic machine shutdown would occur. I have taken the bobbincase out and cleaned out dust and loose threads but the problem soon reoccurs.

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If, I were you I would take my machine to the Sears sewing machine department and ask the salesperson how to do these things. They are usually very helpful, and if you need a manual they can order it for you. Do not be afraid to ask for help because just remember the only dumb question is the one that isn't asked.

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