Kenmore sewing machine troubleshooting

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Kenmore 385.15212 sewing machine troubleshooting

ConditionCause
The needle thread breaks.1. The needle thread is not threaded properly.
2. The needle thread tension is too tight.
3. The needle is bent or blunt.
4. The needle is incorrectly inserted.
5. The needle thread and the bobbin thread are not set properly under the presser foot at the beginning of sewing.
6. The threads are not drawn to the rear after previous sewing.
7. The thread is too heavy, or too fine for the needle.
The bobbin thread breaks.1. The bobbin thread is not threaded properly in the bobbin case and shuttle.
2. Lint has collected in the shuttle area.
3. The bobbin is damaged and doesn't turn smoothly.
The needle breaks.1. The needle is incorrectly inserted.
2. The needle is bent or blunt.
3. The needle clamp screw is loose.
4. The needle thread tension is too tight.
5. The threads are not drawn to the rear after the previous sewing.
6. The needle is too fine for the fabric being sewn.
Skipped stitches1. The needle is incorrectly inserted.
2. The needle is bent or blunt.
3. The needle and/or threads are not suitable for the work being sewn.
4. A blue needle is not being used for sewing stretch, very fine fabrics or synthetics.
5. The needle thread is not threaded properly.
6. The wrong needle is being used.
Seam puckering1. The needle thread tension is too tight.
2. The needle thread is not threaded properly.
3. The needle is too heavy for the fabric being sewn.
4. The stitch length is too long for the fabric.
The cloth is not feeding smoothly.1. The feed dog is packed with lint.
2. The stitches are too fine.
3. The feed dog is not raised after “drop feed" sewing.
The machine doesn’t work.1. The machine is not plugged in.
2. A thread is caught in the shuttle race.
3. The push-clutch is disengaged.
Noisy operation1. There is thread caught in the hook race.
2. Lint has built up in the shuttle or the shuttle race.

Kenmore 1206 sewing machine troubleshooting

PROBLEMPROBABLE CAUSECORRECTION
Irregular StitchesIncorrect size needle.Choose correct size needle for thread and fabric (page 5). Rethread machine (page 9).
Improper threading.Tighten upper thread tension (page 12).
Loose upper thread tension. Pulling fabric.Do not pull fabric; guide it gently.
Light pressure on presser toot. Loose presser foot.Increase pressure on presser foot (page 10).
Unevenly wound bobbin.Reset presser toot.
Rewind bobbin (page 7).
Breaking NeedlesPulling fabric.Do not pull fabric; guide it gently.
Incorrect size needle. Incorrect setting of needle. Loose presser foot.Choose correct size needle for thread and fabric (page 5). Reset needle {page 5).
Reset presser foot.
Bunching of ThreadUpper and lower threads not drawn back under presser foot. Feed dog down.Draw both threads back under presser foot (page 10). Raise feed dog.
PuckeringIncorrect thread tensions).Reset thread tension(s) (page 12. 13).
Light pressure on presser foot. Using two different sizes or kinds of thread.Increase pressure on presser toot (page 10).
Bent or blunt needle.Upper thread and bobbin thread should be same size and kind.
Loose presser foot.Insert new needle (page 5).
Fabric too sheer or too soft.Reset presser foot.
Use underlay of tissue paper or Tarleton when stitching.
Skipping StiichesIncorrect size needle.Choose correct size needle for thread and fabric I page 5). Insert new needle (page 5).
Bent or blunt needle.Reset needle (page 5).
Incorrect setting of needle. Tight upper thread tension. Light pressure on presser foot.Loosen upper thread tension (page 12).
Increase pressure on presser foot (page 10).
Breaking Upper ThreadStarting to stitch too fast. Improper threading.Start to stitch at a medium speed.
Tight upper thread tension. Incorrect size needle.Rethread machine (page 9).
Sharp eye in needle.Loosen upper thread tension (page 12).
Choose correct size needle for thread and fabric Ipage 5). Insert new needle (page 5).
Breaking Bobbin ThreadImproper bobbin case threading. Tight bobbin thread tension. Lint in bobbin case or shuttle.Check bobbin case threading (page 8).
Loosen bobbin thread tension (page 13). Clean bobbin case and shuttle (page 22 & 23).
Fabric not MovingFeed dog down.Raise feed dog.
Light pressure on presser foot. Threads kno'.ted under fabric.Increase pressure on presser foot (page 10).
Place both threads back under presser foot before beginning to stitch.
Machine Jamming (Knocking Noise)Thread caught in shuttle.Disassemble and clean shuttle (page 22 & 23).

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