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Kenmore 1340 Owner's Manual

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MODEL 1340 / 1345 / 1350 / 1355 / 1358


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  • Page 1 OWNER'S MANUAL SEWING MACHINE MODEL 1340 / 1345 / 1350 / 1355 / 1358 1561/1595 69548...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Machine identification ... Parts list ... Setting up your machine ... Spool pins, Foot control, Light/power Installing extension table ... Winding bobbin ... Removing bobbin case from shuttle ... Inserting bobbin into bobbin case ... Inserting bobbin case into shuttle ... Threading top th read ...
  • Page 3: Knowing Your Sewing Machine

  • Page 4 I IIIIIIIII Model 1595 1. Top cover Bobbin winder tension disc Thread guide Pressure regulator Take-up lever Face cover Face cover thread guide Top thread tension control Guide pin Extension table Support leg Guide pin Spool pins Bobbin winder Stitch selector Reverse stitch lever Stitch length dial III I I...
  • Page 5: Parts List

  • Page 6 PARTS LIST (Use only genuine Kenmore replacement parts and accessories,) All parts listed herein may be ordered any Sears, Roebuck and Co. store or service center. WHEN ORDERING REPAIR ALWAYS GIVE THE FOLLOWING MATION: 1. PART NUMBER PART DESCRIPTION _lef. NO, Part No.
  • Page 7: Setting Up Your Machine

    • I IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Light(power switch SETTING Install your Kenmore sewing machine in a Kenmore cabinet, case or set the machine on a sturdy flat surface. Your Kenmore sewing, machine throughly wipe off the needle plate area, bed plate and bobbin case carefully before sewing a...
  • Page 8: Winding Bobbin

    IH II H IIIII I WINDING BOBBIN ® Release clutch by pulling hand wheel turning clutch knob toward you. Draw thread from spool through winder tension disc as shown. Pull end of thread through hole in bobbin as shown. Push bobbin winder shaft position,...
  • Page 9: Removing Bobbin Case From Shuttle

    REMOVING BOBBIN CASE FROM SHUTTLE ® Raise needle highest rotating hand wheel toward Remove the extension table from machine by pulling it to the left. Open shuttle cover. ® ® To remove bobbin case from shuttle, pull position open latch of bobbin case. you.
  • Page 10: Inserting Bobbin Into Bobbin Case

    IIII INSERTING BOBBIN INTO BOBBIN CASE ® INSERTING BOBBIN CASE INTO SHUTTLE With locating pin straight latch open, and slide the bobbin case on to the center spindle of the shuttle. With the bobbin case in your left hand, place the bobbin into it with the thread running clockwise.
  • Page 11: Threading Top Thread

    IIIIIIII THREADING TOP THREAD Raise thread take-up lever position by turning hand wheel toward you. Raise presser foot lever. Place thread spool on spool pin, Draw thread through thread Holding spool stationary with pull thread through the tension the end of the thread taut with the left hand. IIIII IIIII I IIII IIIIIIIIII IIIII II...
  • Page 12: Picking Up Bobbin Thread

    IIIIIIIIIIIIII I PICKING UP BOBBIN 1. Raise presser foot lever. thread loosely in left hand handwheel toward turn. Bring bobbin thread up by pulling thread. Pull both threads under and to the back of the presser foot, leaving 3 to 4 inches of thread clear.
  • Page 13: Thread Tension Control

    q> An ideal straight stitch will have threads locked between the two layers of fabric. Upper thread ® Decrease tension Upper thread too loose ® Increase Tension Increase IIIIII UlIHHHIIIIIII ADJUSTING TENSION Probably machine thread tension. There are many reasons for having to reset your tension.
  • Page 14: Stitch Selector, Stitch Length Control

    STITCH SELECTOR There are certain types of stitches that are used more often than others in your garment construction. Because of their frequent you will soon realize the convenience to you by this control. All of the stitches that Zigzag stitch. width range Shell stitch Blind 1...
  • Page 15: Reverse Stitch Control, Pressure Regulator

    I ]11[11!11111111 IIII REVERSE STITCH CONTROL It is best to begin and end seams with a few stitches taken in reverse. This is called back tacking. Back tacking fastens the ends of the seams firmly and prevents raveling. When reverse stitching is needed, control clockwise...
  • Page 16: Seam Guides, Presser Foot Lever, Feed Dog Control

    IIII IIIIII SEAM GUIDES Seam guides are printed on needle plate, at both sides of needle, to help you line up the fabric and keep it straight. seam width is 5/8". these emphasized, easy to follow. Also the cross lines are "cornering help when turning a square corner 5/8"...
  • Page 17: Accessories

    ,*- ACCESSORIES Flat side away from NEEDLES KENMORE needle should conform with the size of the thread and both should fabric. Kenmore size for your convenience next page). Never use a bent needle or one with a dull point. If you do not have a Kenmore needle, please use this illustration to be sure your needle is the right size.
  • Page 18: Needle, Thread And Fabric Chart

    NEEDLE, THREAD i.i MIIIII IIII IIII NEEDLE FABRIC SIZE AND COLOR LIGHTWEIGHT: Batiste, Dimity, 9- BROWN Chiffon. Silks. Synthetic Jerseys, Fine Lace. Organza, Crepe, 11 -ORANGE Taffeta. Voile, Organdy MEDIUMWEIGHT: Cotton, Cotton Blends. Percale. Gingham, Shantung. Pique, Seersucker, 14-RED Satin, Knits. Vinyl, Suitings, Linen, Wool Crepe.
  • Page 19: Feed Cover Plate, Presser Feet

    FEED COVER PLATE There are a few times when control feeding Raise needle to its highest presser foot, Place needle plate aligning plate with holes of needle then determine the movement yourself, PRESSER FEET To change the various presser feet, raise the presser bar to its highest position the presser foot lever the presser...
  • Page 20: Caring For The Machine

    3. Place shuttle race cover into place over shuttle assembly, Snap the levers into position. Note: Oil and lint brush No. 6889 is available at most Sears retail stores and catalog. IIII of your plate with large a small...
  • Page 21 Rear Support OILING UNDER TOP COVER PLATE Remove cover plate indicated by arrows in top of machine head. Use one to two drops of Kenmore machine oil at each part, To remove cover plate, loosen up two top screws and lift the cover plate.
  • Page 22: Changing Light Bulb

    OILING IN FACE COVER PLATE Swing face cover plate open and oil points indicated by arrows in illustration. CHANGING LIGHT BULB The sewing light is located inside the face cover plate as shown. To replace the bulb, push switch to off, unplug machine swing the face cover plate open.
  • Page 23: Checking Performance Problems

  • Page 24 IIII POSSIBLY EASY CORRECTION Choose correct size needle for thread and fabric. Rethread machine; check tension spring threading. Tighten upper thread tension. Do not pull fabric; guide it gently. Increase pressu re on presser foot. Reset presser foot. Rewind bobbin. Replace needleplate, or polish off burrs completely.
  • Page 25: Starting To Sew

    STARTING TO SEW Now that you are familiar with the controls on your machine and with the accessories pr, o vided for the machine, you are ready to start to sew with your sewing Below are some good habits to follow each time you sit down to sew: 1, Check the needle-it...
  • Page 26: Straight Stitching

    STRAIGHT STITCHING Pressure regulator See page 14. Presserfoot *You may use zigzag, straight stitch foot or Q foot but for best control of fabric, best looking straight stitches "Straight, zigzagfoot or O foot and best .feeding of fabric use Straight Stitch Foot, FASTENING A SEAM Be sure both threads are drawn the presser foot.
  • Page 27 REMOVING FABRIC First turn the handwheet toward you until the needle is at its highest position, then raise the presser foot, draw materials to the rear and cut off excess thread with the thread cutter located on the presser bar as shown. TOP- STITCHING This is a seam you may want to show off! It's on the front side of the garment,...
  • Page 28 IIIIIIIII I II TEMPORARY SEWING BY MACHINE No longer do you need to baste by hand! Basting by machine is easy-simply straight stitching with longest length setting. PiN BASTING over pins easily correctly) because your presser hinged. Pins must be inserted at right angles to seam line.
  • Page 29: Zigzag Stitching

    IIIIMIIII ZIGZAG STITCHING Pressure regulator See page 14. Presserfoot Zigzagfoot TOP VIEW UNDESIRABLE DESIRABLE Stitch selector Stitch length dial Any setting but "0" CHECKING THREAD TENSION ZIGZAG STITCHES The easiest way to check tension is to sew a medium zig zag stitch on the fabric you will be using.
  • Page 30 SATIN STITCHING SETTINGS Stitch Selector - Zigzag Stitch Stitch Length Dial - Between 0 and 24 Satin Stitch Foot Closely spaced zigzag stitches are called satin stitches. This is an attractive stitch used for appliqueing, bar tacking. Whenever you are using this stitch, it is well to remember to loosen the tension of the top thread...
  • Page 31 HIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!IIIIIIIII I II I APPLIQUEING SETTINGS Stitch Selector - Zigzag Stitch Stitch Length Dia! - Between 0 and 24 Satin Stitch Foot Select an applique design to be applied your garment and baste it in place. stitch around the raw edge of the-applique completely covering the edge.
  • Page 32: Blind Hemming

    BLIND HEMMING Pre_zsure regulator See page 14. Presserfoot optional a ccessoryitem6885 - adjustableblindhem JFor easierbJindhemmingit is recommendedto usej Zigzag foot foot. PROCEDURE q> INSIDE FINISHED EDGE Finish edge of hem anyway you desire. Turn up hem appropriate width, ® Place garment under presser foot manner that straight stitches will be sewn on extended edge.
  • Page 33: Mending And Overcast Stitching (three-step Zigzag)

    MENDING AND OVERCAST Pressureregulator See page 14. Presserfoot _gzagfoot iiJ_ii_3JiJi__Jiiii_iiiii__iJiiiiifiiii!_i_!i__i "> <'._ > L.> <" '" .> <, ,-:> <- ,.:> i <. ,,.> <. ,.> <;_ II IIIIIIH STITCHING (THREE-STEP Z IGZAG) MENDING To repair a straight or three.cornered position the tear under the needle in such a way that the stitching catches both sides of the tear.
  • Page 34: Shell Stitching

    IIIIIII IIIIll SHELL STITCHING Pressureregulator See page 14. Presser foot Zigzagfoot PROCEDURE This shell-stitched edge is a popular finish for lingerie and nightgowns. achieve multiple scalloped effect, allow needle to just clear the right edge of the fabric zigzags. this when Stitch selector Stitch length dial...
  • Page 35: Box Stitch

    II II IHIIIII • BOX STITCH Pressure regulator See page 14. Presser foot Zigzagfoot II IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII HIIIIII II OVERLAPPED SEAM stitch ideal overlapped seams fabric and a bolder sewing with a contrasting Overlap the raw edges of two pieces of fabric 2"...
  • Page 36: Stretch Stitches

    STRETCH STITCHES Pressureregulator See page 14. Presserfoot Zigzag foot The stitches shown at left are all for use with stretch and knit fabrics, These stitches built in to the machine for your quick selection. 1. Straight Stretch Serging or Pine Leaf Stretch Overcast Stretch Rick-Rack Stretch...
  • Page 37 III I IIIIIIII/ IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIL ,,, i i !111111 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII STRAIGHT STRETCH STITCH SETTINGS Stitch Selector - Stitch Length - Yellow Zone You may use either a zig zag or straight stitch foot BUT-- for best control of fabric, best looking straight stitches and best feeding of fabric use Straight Stitch Foot.
  • Page 38 RMOCKING STRETCH STITCH _Stitch Selector Stitch Length- Yellow Zone Make a straight line of gathers across the fabric that you wish to smock, With a narrow strip of fabric under the line of gathering, stitch over the gathers. The design will be a series of small diamonds.
  • Page 39 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII II II IIIIII II IIII SERGING (OR PINE LEAF) STRETCH STITCH Stitch Selector - Stitch Length - Yellow Zone Great in making elastic swimwear-as as for overcasting a neat edge on seams, It's equally useful with woven and knitted fabrics, Tension may need to be tightened to achieve desired look.
  • Page 40: Adjusting Stitch Length, Straight Stretch Stitch, Rick-rack Stretch, Smocking Stretch, Overcast Stretch, Serging {or Pine Leaf) Stretch, Elastic Stretch Where To Use Which Stretch Stitch: A Check-chart

    III IIIIIIIIIIIII WHERE TO USE WHICH STRETCH STITCH: stretchy suggestions... constructed knits sometimes catch toes of presser foot. To remedy this, short strip of transparent tape around foot encasing both toes. avoid tangled threads when working with tits, start seams carefully. Position fabric td lower needle before lowering presser...
  • Page 41 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII IIIIIIIII BUTTONHOLE MAKING - BUILT-IN SYSTEM (BAR-TACK B UTTONHOLES) Pressureregulator See page t4. Presserfoot Buttonholeguide foot IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII PREPARATION Carefully mark the buttonhole garment, Place the fabric with the buttonhole marked under the buttonhole guide foot (A) all the way forward index mark (B) is aligned with the graduatior (C), with thread to rear.
  • Page 42 Step Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 IIIIIIHI PROCEDURE stitch selector at 0 and times marked buttonhole. Stop sewing Raise needle to its highest position by turning handwheel toward you manually. Set stitch selector at |_]. Stitch approach front buttonhole, Stop sewing at the left stitch and raise needle to its highest position.
  • Page 43 iiiiiiiiii More density ® Less density :LJIIL =L_L¢. B ADJUSTING STITCH DENSITY Depending upon the fabrics on which you are sewing, or your own preference holes, you may alter buttonhole by varying the original stitch length setting within the green zone. 1.
  • Page 44: Buttonhole Making

    BUTTONHOLE MAKING-USINGBUTTONHOLE Pressureregulator See page 12. Presser foot Satin stitch foot PROCEDURE 1. Raise needle to its highest position raise presser foot, Remove regular cover plate and insert buttonhole cover plate. 2. Screw guide on buttonhole plate into guide pin hole on needle plate. IIIIlUlIIIIIIIIIIIIIII ATTACHMENT (Model 1358)
  • Page 45 Template Holder Template Advance Knob Insert a template into the slot of template holder. Select the proper size of button- hole by turning knob. Fig. 3 Pull the guide plate all the way forward so that the guide pin is at °'S". enable you to start at one end of the buttonhole.
  • Page 46 III1[ BUTTONHOLE MAKING - USING BUTTONHOLE ATTACHMENT PremJre r See page 14, Press_' foot Buttonhole foot Release lever ® IIIlUlIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMII Feed cover plate SETTING STITCH PROCEDURE Raise needle to its highest position and raise presser extension table from machine shuttle cover.
  • Page 47 (__jGuide ® ® Select correct template for type button- hole you want. Insert template into slot of guide plate. Turn template advance knob to desired size. plate Slip guide plate onto machine so it fits in place with pinion gear in the center of arc hole of template.
  • Page 48 ADJUSTING STITCH DENSITY Depending upon the fabrics on which you are sewing, or your own preference holes, you may alter buttonhole by turning stitch density control knob. 1. When delivered, stitch density knob will be tighterted completely. more density, turn the knob toward If the knob should be loosened as far as it can go during adjustment, retighten...
  • Page 49: Free-arm Sewing

    II IIIII I II FREE-ARM SEWING Your Kenmore sewing machine converted from a traditional flat-bed contemporary free-arm sewing removing extension table. The free arm enables you to sew tubular types of pieces more easily. Just slip the sleeve or pants leg on the free arm as shown. You will find many uses for this free arm feature such as:...
  • Page 50 REPAIR FOLLOWING INFORMATION: *MOOEL NUMBER *NAME OF ITEM If the parts you need are not stocked locally, your order will be electronically transmitted to a Sears Repair Parts Distribtnion Cemerfor handling. SEARS, ROEBUCK CO., Chicago, S - 158 sinciy contect...

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