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Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Is Not Centered?

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This is a page about kenmore sewing machine needle is not centered. It is important for the needle of your sewing machine to be in the proper place so that your seam allowances will be accurate. If you have found that your needle is misaligned, here is a tip for adjusting it.
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January 30, 2018

I have a Kenmore sewing machine, model 3851883506090. I've been trying to repair this machine. Initially it would not sew anything but a straight stitch in the left hand position.Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Is Not Centered

 

In trying to fix this, the timing was effected and the needle started going too low and hitting the bottom of the shuttle.

I adjusted the needle bar. Now the needle will move back and forth in zig zag, but when you go to straight stitch the needle goes to the right position. I can't find anything about this model except that Sears deliberately made their machines difficult to repair.

Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Is Not Centered
 
Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Is Not Centered
 
Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Is Not Centered
 
Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Is Not Centered
 
Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Is Not Centered
 
Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Is Not Centered
 
Kenmore Sewing Machine Needle Is Not Centered
 

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January 31, 20180 found this helpful
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Try loosening the set screw on the needle bar clamp, then use the hand wheel to bring the needle up and down. Keep adjusting the set screw until it hits in the middle of the hole.

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