Model #14812170 KENMORE Mechanical Sewing Machines

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Kenmore sewing machine model #14812170. 14812170

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Thank you for contacting SearsPartsDirect.com with your questions about your Kenmore sewing machine. I am so sorry you are having a problem with the tension assembly. I will be happy to help you with this. 

If you go to page 2 of the manual, "Front View" of the sewing machine, key 15 is the Upper Thread Tension Control. It is called the tension dial, but has the assembly attached. I have included the link to order the part. There is a photograph for you to view the part. 

Tension Dial for Kenmore Sewing Machine Model 14812170.

Page 12 of the manual will show how to increase and decrease the upper thread tension. To change the tension of the lower thread, you would make adjustments to the bobbin case with a screwdriver as outlined on page 13 of the manual. 

I hope this answers your questions. If you need further assistance, please resubmit your question with further details. Thank you for choosing Sears, we appreciate your business. 

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Rachel Morgan -
Sears Technician
February 18, 2014
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sewing machine

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More and more people are returning to sewing at home to save money and for the satisfaction of making things themselves. Some of the new machines and features can be difficult to get used to or present problems. I located the owner's manual for your machine at the Manuals tab and attached below in case you do not have one. I see it has a good troubleshooting section starting on page 24. I also attached a sewing web forum that always has help and good advice from others in the sewing community. I see there is a discussion of problems with free motion stitching in quilting. Hope some of this information helps while you wait for the expert.

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Barbara H. -
March 26, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I can understand wanting to do free motion stitching.

I am going to assume that you are using the free motion foot (darning spring foot) for free motion stitching so you can put the presser foot lever down to properly tension the thread.

It will depend on the thread you are using. If you are using a specialty thread you will have to practice and adjust accordingly. Use a practice piece that you have set up with the top and batting and the bottom, you could use maybe some muslin material sandwich, and you will have to set the upper tension a little looser. There is a fine line for the tension adjustments when doing free motion. As an example, if you have the tension for regular sewing set at 3 on the tension dial you may have to loosen the tension to 2 1/2 to get the thread to create the nice stitch in the quilt. Usually it is never tighter.

If you need more help please reply through the site and I will be happy to help you more.

Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
March 28, 2011
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Q:

sewing machine

A:

More and more people are returning to sewing at home to save money and for the satisfaction of making things themselves. Some of the new machines and features can difficult to get used to or present problems. I located the owner';s manual for your machine at the Manuals tab and attached below in case you do not have one. I see it has a good troubleshooting section starting on page 24. I also attached a sewing web forum that always has help and good advice from others in the sewing community. I see there is a discussion of problems with free motion stitching in quilting. Hope some of this information helps while you wait for the expert.

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Barbara H. -
March 26, 2011
A:

Thank you for your question.

I can understand wanting to do free motion stitching.

I am going to assume that you are using the free motion foot (darning spring foot) for free motion stitching so you can put the presser foot lever down to properly tension the thread.

It will depend on the thread you are using. If you are using a specialty thread you will have to practice and adjust accordingly. Use a practice piece that you have set up with the top and batting and the bottom, you could use maybe some muslin material sandwich, and you will have to set the upper tension a little looser. There is a fine line for the tension adjustments when doing free motion. As an example, if you have the tension for regular sewing set at 3 on the tension dial you may have to loosen the tension to 2 1/2 to get the thread to create the nice stitch in the quilt. Usually it is never tighter.

If you need more help please reply through the site and I will be happy to help you more.

Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
March 28, 2011
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