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Q:

Model 16231 kenmore sewing machine..

A:

Thank you for your question on the sewing machine model 385.16231.

Will the machine power up when you turn it on?

If when you turn on the machine and the needle up and needle down function works then I would suggest replacing the foot control.

If it is still under warranty it will have to go in for service to have the foot control replaced.

If it is not under warranty I will give you the link for the foot control.

Foot control for sewing machine model 385.13231 .

I hope this will help.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
June 06, 2012
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Kenmore Sewing Machine 16231 stitching problems

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Thank you for your question on the sewing thread knotting up.

Have you done lint cleaning on the bobbin area?

This sounds like a tension problem.

First! Please rethread the top thread on the machine right from the thread spool all the way to the needle.

Then set the upper tension control to between 3 and 4.

If that does not solve the problem then look at the needle plate to see if there are any needle strikes and or ruff spots for the thread to catch onto.

If you find any use an emery board to clean up any ruff spots.

You may want to remove the needle plate to make that easier to get too.

Please let me know how it went.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
December 08, 2011
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Kenmore sewing machine model 385/16231

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Thank you for your question on the thread not being picked up by the needle.

I most cases if you cannot get the needle to pick up the bobbin thread with out material in the machine and turning the hand wheel by hand is it is out of time.

The shuttle hook to needle timing is off and will need to be reset.

There could be other reasons also like stripped gears for the shuttle hook driver.

First set the machine to a straight stitch setting with zero width.

You can check the timing of the shuttle hook to needle by removing the needle plate and the bobbin case and bobbin and by slowly turning the machine over by hand watch the very point of the rotating shuttle hook point and when the needle has gone down to the very bottom of its stroke and then back up only about 3/16 of an inch needle rise the shuttle hook point should be directly behind the needle shaft just about the eye of the needle. The shuttle hook makes two rotations to every needle stroke.

If it is not there then the timing is off and will have to be reset.

If this is the problem then please let me know and I can help you reset the timing if you feel comfortable doing it.

It will require removing the lower free arms lower cover to expose the drive gear for the shuttle driver.

Please let me know what you find out and we can continue to troubleshoot with that information.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
January 30, 2012
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Thank you for the update Lillian. Thread the top and the needle and leave a 4 inch tail of thread and then by hand turn the hand wheel and watch as the needle delivers the thread into the shuttle area and watch to see if the point of the hook picks up the thread. Please let me know how that works. Since you found a part of a broken needle in the machine please check the needle plate and the bobbin case for any needle and marks and if you find any please use a fingernail emery board to smooth them off. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 01, 2012
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I am sorry that you have not been able to get the machine to pick up the bobbin thread. Let’s make one last try and I am going to send you a couple of images with instructions on the needle to shuttle hook timing process. Take a look at the procedure below and if it sounds too difficult then you may want to take it into the shop. You really do not need the timing tool and needle that they show in the picture. Just get the point of the shuttle hook right in the center back of the needle when you turn the hand wheel down to its bottom most stroke and then back up only about 3/16 of an inch off the bottom. This should place the point of the hook just above the eye of the needle and the very point of the rotary shuttle hook in the very vertical center of the needle shaft. If it is not in that location then use the instructions below to adjust the shuttle hook to that point. If you can get it adjusted to that point the hook should pick up the upper thread and rap it around the bobbin thread and bring it up through the needle plate. . Please let me know how it went. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 17, 2012
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