Model #38516231300 KENMORE Electronic Sewing Machines

  • Top Cover Unit/bobbin Winder Unit
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  • Face Cover Unit/pressure Bar
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  • Needle Bar Supporter Unit
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  • Front Base Plate Unit
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  • Upper Shaft Comp. Unit
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  • Feed Shaft Unit
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  • Hook Unit/shuttle Body Unit
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  • Zigzag Rod Front
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  • Idle Unit/idler Base/motor
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sewing machine has continued to run even when I take my foot off the foot pedal. 385.16231300

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Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I will be happy to help with your sewing machine. Upon researching model 385.16231300; it sounds like the foot pedal has failed in the on position. The foot pedal could need to be replaced. After getting a new foot pedal see if the bobbin still jams.

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Jeff Wallace Jr -
Sears Technician
January 12, 2015
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Jamming underneath is usually caused by improper upper threading. Specifically, the thread has probably come out of the take up arm. Pull the top thread out completely, and re-thread. If you do a google photo search for 'sewing machine take up arm", you can see the part I'm talking about. If the machine sews at a slow, steady speed once you take your foot off the pedal, it probably means you have a bad needle sensor. I believe that model has a needle stop up/down feature. Basically, the machine can't figure out where the needle is, so it keeps taking a stitch so that it can try to figure out where to stop.

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Tina -
February 23, 2015
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raising and lowering th feed dogs 38516231300 Kenmore Sewing machine

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Kenmore sewing machine #385.16231300

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Having a sewing machine that will not work can be frustrating. I have done some research on the Manage My Life website an I have found some information that may be helpful. While you are waiting for an expert to reply I have attach a link below. Hope this works.

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Priscilla V -
December 30, 2010
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Thanks, pvalde2 - I was excited after reading the link, thinking it was an easy fix....alas, it didn't work. I moved the bobbin spool right to left and then left to right - it spins in the correct position if I had a bobbin to wind.....but it does nothing to move the needle. I appreciate your help - and hope to find a fix soon!

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geezerette -
December 30, 2010
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Thank you for your question.

Not being able to sew after winding the bobbin can be very inconvenient.

If you have flipped the bobbin wider assembly back to the sewing position then I would say you have a problem in the control box at the bottom of the machine.

  • REMOVE POWER from the machine.

  • Lay the machine on its back and remove the screws under the right side bottom panel.

  • Then remove the cover on the control box.

  • Once you have the cover off control box carefully disconnect all the little connectors in the box and reconnect one at a time.

If this does not cure the problem you will have to take the machine in for repair at the service center.

Please let be know if these suggestions helped.

Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
January 03, 2011
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Hi, Sam................well, I tried your suggestion and I failed. I couldn't get all the little connectors out - they are wedged in there pretty tight and in a very tiny space - I have small fingers but even I couldn't get to them - and I didn't want to use anything to pull them out for fear of breaking something and then not be able to get them back in. So, I thank you for your time - I guess I have to take the machine in - :-(

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geezerette -
January 04, 2011
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Thank you for the update with your machine. I am sorry that we could not find the problem. At first I thought it might have been the foot control and when we have a machine in the shop that is one of the first things we try is a known good foot control. But since you said it will wind the bobbin that kind of says it is working. I am going to continue to get some information to see if I can narrow it down.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
January 04, 2011
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Hello! I have done some more research and I think you are right that you will have to take the machine in for repair. I do not think you can do anything thing yourself to repair the machine but it does not sound like it has a lot wrong with it and they should be able to fix it quickly. It could be a sensor out of alignment under the top cover on the machine. I am sorry that we were not able to find the problem. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
January 05, 2011
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Hi, Sam - thanks so much for taking the time to try and help me.....I sincerely appreciate your efforts. I hope you're right that it's a small thing - I'm angry and myself that I didn't even try the machine when it was given to me - brand new - 2 years ago.....when it would have been under warranty!!! Oh, well, live and learn I guess...............again, thank you for your time.

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geezerette -
January 05, 2011
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Sam A does not seem much of an expert! Two things you need to do to wind a bobbin is push bobbin to the right to close up the winder the next more importantly is to pull out the large wheel at rear of the machine the one that manually moves needle up and down, so that the bobbin will wind but the needle does not move, it disengages the sewing motion. Then! once you have wound the bobbin you need to reverse both those methods push bobbin to the left and lift off the spool and push wheel back in towards machine, if you do not do this the needle will not go up and down but you will hear motor revv ing, Your machine does not need to go in for service! check to see the wheel has been pushed back in and machine will run.

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rubyg -
February 20, 2013
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rubyg, Thank you for your reply. I am sure other users will find this helpful. I posted the instructions for winding the bobbin below. You are correct if the hand wheel is not engaged the needle will not move. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
February 22, 2013
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