Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine

Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine

A Beginners guide

Are you a sewing enthusiast looking for a reliable and versatile sewing machine? Look no further than the Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine. With its reputation for quality and durability, this machine is a favorite among beginners and experienced sewers alike. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to thread, operate, and troubleshoot your Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine.

Threading the Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine

Threading your sewing machine correctly is crucial for achieving perfect stitches. Follow these steps to thread your Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine:

  1. Start by raising the presser foot and turning off the machine.
  2. Place a spool of thread on the spool pin and secure it with the spool cap.
  3. Guide the thread through the thread guide, down to the tension discs and around the take up spring.
  4. Pass the thread through the take-up lever from right to left.
  5. Thread the needle from front to back, ensuring the thread passes through the needle's eye.
  6. Finally, pull the thread under the presser foot and towards the back of the machine.

Raising the presser foot opens the tension discs for the thread to lay in between as you thread the machine. Turning the powr off is for safety to ensure the machine does not start running if you accidently hit the foot control while threading the take up lever or needle.

 Needles have a distinct front and back, on the front there is a groove the length of the needle shaft, on the back there is a scarf (cut out) just above the eye.

Needles always thread front to back of needle regardless of orientation in the machine.

**Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the post.

Operating the Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine

Now that your machine is threaded, it's time to start sewing! Here are some essential operating tips for your Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine:

  • Choose the appropriate stitch length and width for your project. The stitch length determines how close together the stitches will be, while the stitch width determines the width of the stitch.
  • Place your fabric under the presser foot, making sure it is aligned with the desired seam allowance.
  • Lower the presser foot and gently press the foot pedal to start sewing.
  • Guide the fabric with both hands, keeping a steady pace to ensure even stitches.
  • Remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of your seams to secure them.

Troubleshooting the Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine

Even the most reliable sewing machines can encounter issues from time to time. Here are some common troubleshooting tips for your Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine:

  • If the machine is not sewing properly, check the tension settings. Adjust the tension dial to achieve balanced stitches.
  • If the needle keeps breaking, make sure you are using the correct needle size and type for your fabric.
  • If the machine is making unusual noises, check for tangled thread or lint in the bobbin area. Clean the machine regularly to prevent build-up.
  • If the stitches are skipping, try rethreading the machine and ensuring the needle is inserted correctly.

By following this beginner's guide, you'll be well-equipped to thread, operate, and troubleshoot your Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine. Remember to consult your machine's manual for specific instructions and always practice proper safety precautions. Happy sewing!


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1 comment

Love your videos! I was wondering if you know where I could get a replacement bobbin case for the drop in bobbin of a Kenmore 148.1570? I have pictures they are made of plastic and metal and fit in the top loading hook area.


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