Manuals for Kenmore Sewing Machines

Below you can find all models Kenmore Sewing Machines for which we have manuals available. Also view the frequenty asked questions at the bottom of the page for useful tips about your product. Is your model not on the list? Please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What size needle should I use? Verified

The size of the needle depends on the fabric. For a thicker fabric, you will need a thinker needle. The application of the needle of often mentioned on the packaging.

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I have checked everything, but my sewing machine thread keeps breaking, what can I do? Verified

If the upper thread of the machine keeps breaking where the needle enters the fabric, it could be that the needleplate or bobbin case have minor damages in the form of scratches and/or sharp edges. These minor damages can cause the thread to break after a few stitches.

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How long does a sewing machine neelde last? Verified

This varies between manufacturers, but in general a needle will last about 8 hours. It might take longer for the needle to break, but before that it will have become blunt and might damage the fabric.

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My needle keeps breaking, what is causing this? Verified

There can be various reasons for this. The needle may not be the correct one for the selected fabric, the needle may have been set too low, the fabric may not be properly guided or the bobbin case may be placed incorrectly.

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Do I need to turn my sewing machine completely off to replace the needle? Verified

You can change the needle after turning off the product with the on/off switch. When cleaning the product you should disconnect it from the power supply.

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Latest comments

Manual Kenmore 385.16765 Sewing Machine
S Cain 21-01-2024
I just purchased a 2nd hand Machine. It seems noisy. Do you think if I oiled it that may help quiet it down? There is no info about oiling this machine.


Kenmore 385.16765 Sewing Machine
Manual Kenmore 385.16221300 Sewing Machine
sylvie lemelin 24-03-2023
my sewing machine sews backwards, it sews backwards


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Manual Kenmore 385.16765 Sewing Machine
warmington 17-12-2022
the manual for download includes French


Kenmore 385.16765 Sewing Machine
Manual Kenmore 385.16765 Sewing Machine
Julian 17-09-2022
Hi , i have verified a timing issue when needle tries to lick up bobbin thread. Needle already rising before bobbin pickup passes thread. Can you tell me how to adjust timing pls. Thankyou


Kenmore 385.16765 Sewing Machine
Manual Kenmore 385.16221300 Sewing Machine
Nelida 27-05-2021
Because my KENMORE sewing machine. indicates 5P on the screen.? And it won't let me switch to stitch options.


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Kenmore 385.16221300 Sewing Machine