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OWNER'S MANUAL
SEA/RS
SEWING
MACHINE
MODEL 385.
1764180

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  • Page 1 OWNER'S MANUAL SEA/RS SEWING MACHINE 1764180 MODEL 385.
  • Page 2 Advice on the operation and care of your machine is always available at your nearest Sears Retail Store. Please remember, if you have questions about your machine or need parts and service, always mention the model number and serial number when you inquire.
  • Page 3 (spray) products are being is being administered.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    , ;.'( J_,v '_" L ILJil IVt/\t'lili'_l A Portable case or Cabinet is Available Locate and Identify the parts Identify the Accessories Set Up the Machine • Plug in the Machine and Switch on the Power • Foot Control Use ... •...
  • Page 5: Locate And Identify

    KNOW YOUR MACHINE A Portable Case or Cabinet is Available full line of sewing cabinets is available at your nearest Sears retail store or through general catalog. Another option . . . buy a Carrying Case . . . then...
  • Page 6: Product View And Parts

    Cover Plate Hand Wheel Push Pull Clutch Stitch Sel_'," t or Stretch Stitch Adluster £{qht Power Switch P)u_ Ctlnnector Carrying Handle Presser Thumb Presser Presser Foot Lever Foot Nomenclature Plate SECT KNOW YOUR MACHINE Thread Guide Needle Clamp Foot Screw Foot Snap on Button Control...
  • Page 7: Identify The Accessories

    Identify the AccesSories Buttonhole Darning plate Large SCrew driver Zipper foot Straight stitch But tonhole plateguide opener Needle set Small screw dr_ver loot Siidin 9 buttonhole loot Buttonhole templates/' Lint brush Spool felt loot Satin stitch Buttonhole foot...
  • Page 8: Set Up The Machine

    Model YC-482P or YC.530 for use with Sewing Machine Models 385.1778x x x, 385.1684x x x, 38&1584x x x, 385.1664 x x x, 385.1754 x x x, 385.17526x x x, 385.1764x x x, 385.1884x x x, 385.17928 x x x, 385.17924 x x x, 385.18836 x x x, 385.17922x x x, 385.16816x x x, 385.17822x x x, 385.17828 x x x, 385.18830 x x x and...
  • Page 9: Set The Pressure Dial

    "SECTION! 2:.'- _P__U R :MACPI _ E__ Set Up the Machine (Continued) Set the Pressure Dial Pressore Control Setting dial mark The pressure control dial is located inside the face cover plate. Set the dial aligning the setting mark on the dial with 3 ...
  • Page 10: Adjust The Presser Foot Lever

    spool pins are used holding spools of thread in order to feed thread the machine. To use, pull up the spool pins. Place the spool felt pins. Push down storage. SECTION • Adjust the Presser Foot Lever position - High _osition position Normal up...
  • Page 11: Free Arm

    (for flat-bed sewing) Fit the tabs into the slot, as shown. With your thumb and index finger, gently snap in. Your sewing machine can do free arm sewing. This feature makes sewing easy for: • Bar tacking to reinforce pockets,...
  • Page 12 • Stitching sleeves, waistbands, pant legs, or any circular garment area. SECTJON PREPARE Darning socks or mending knees, elbows, or areas of wear in children's clothes. YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING Sewing buttons on sleeves, waistbands, etc.
  • Page 13: Know What

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE Presser Feet Know What Will • Check Your Presser Foot Tile Presser feet are an important feature of this machine. what each foot does in order to use thefn effectively. Your presser foot is held in place by a Foot Holder.
  • Page 14: Presser Foottypes

    To Snap On To Snap On the Presser Foot: Ptace the presser foot so the hori- zontal foot lies just under groove foot holder. Lower the presser foot holder lock the presser foot in place. NOTE : hear presser foot snap in place, press...
  • Page 15 SECTION :_,I_RE'_.,__='__WIN_ Know What the Presser Feet Will Do (Continued) • Presser Foot Types (Continued) Sliding Buttonhole Foot S_idlngbuttonholefoot this foot buttonholes built system, is marked measure your buttonholes accurately. Uses: Buttonhole making (see page 42). Zipper Foot E; Zipper foot This foot...
  • Page 16: Choose Your

    • Presser Foot Types (Continued) Buttonhole Foot Buttonhole foot Use this foot when making buttonholes with buttonhole attachment system. Uses: Buttonhole making (see page44) SECT ONe2 PREPARE YOUR MACHINE Choose Your Needle and Thread Your choice of needle and thread depends on the fabric In your...
  • Page 17: Fabric, Needle

    p RI::PAR E_ y O U _MA_II_m_Q.'IFL_ Fabric, Needle, Thread Stitch Length Chert NEEDLE FABRIC SIZE QOLOR LpghtweJgh! Babste Oimily. Chiffon. 11 -ORANGE Silks, Fine Lace, Organza, Crppe, Taffexa, Voile, Organdy Medrum Weight Colton, Cotton Blends. Percale, Gingham. 14,RED Shantung, Pique, SPer_ucker, Satin,...
  • Page 18: Prepare The Bobbin

    Prepare the Bobbin • To Remove the Bobbin from the Machine Gently push down on the bobbin cover plate it towards you. Set aside. Lift c)ut the bobbin, as shown. SECTION !2; • Wind the Bobbin and slide Bobbin your spool thread shown.
  • Page 19: Insert The Bobbin

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHIN6;.!P-O_fNG Prepare the Bobbin (Continued) • Insert the Bobbin into the Bobbin Holder Pu(( bobbin into bobbin holder that thread feeds toward counter clockwise (left). slot @. about inches thread Then pull through the tension toward back through the slot •...
  • Page 20: Prepare Top Thread

    Prepare Your Top Thread • Thread Your Needle --0-- The numbered steps above follow the numbers on the illustrations. Dotted lines show places where thread loops and then is pulled tight. SECTION Raise take-up lever to its highest position by turning Raise presser foot lever.
  • Page 21: Pick Up Your Bobbin Thread

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE Prepare Your Top Thread (Continued) • Pick Up Your Bobbin Thread Raise presser foot lever. Hold Bring bobbin needle thread loosely in left hand top thread. rotate handwheel toward you one complete turn. FOR_SEWING Pull both threads under and to the thread up by pulling back of the presser foot, leaving 4 to 6 inches of thread clear.
  • Page 22: Adjust The Top Thread

    Adjust the Top Thread Tension T_ p Siitp _,f fabric Tlqht_rl For Straight Stitch ideal straight stitch will have threads locked fabric, as shown above, magnified to show detail. If you look at the stitch, front and back, you will gads, that each stitch is smooth and even.
  • Page 23: Stitch Selector

    SECTION 2. PREPARE YOUR MACHINEFOR For Zigzag Stitct_l In the correct zigzag stitch, the bobbin threads will not show on the top side fabric and the top threads will show slightly below the correct appearance. To match this appearance, tension. Top tension Top tension Too Tight...
  • Page 24: Stitch Width Control

    Stitch Width Control Stitch Length ContrOl V Widlh 2 3 4 Stretch stitch width control regulates The stitch width of the stitch you select, length of stitch, stitches setting. higher the number, the wider stitch. The higher stitch. 0 means no feed. select control at Stretch...
  • Page 25: Reverse Stitch Control

    When turning the hand wheel manually, always and with the accessories provided for the machi_ sewing machine. Below are some good habits to foIff set and sharp on the point. It should be the correct needle frequently. Many of the n_...
  • Page 26: Practical Stitch

    Practical Stitch Chart Stitch Foot and Other Attach. Stitch Selection Straight STRAIGHT Darning Zipper plate foot STRAIGHT Straight STRETCH ZIGZAG Zigzag RICK-RACK Zigzag STRETCH BLINO Zigzag STITCH Stitch Thread Stitch Needle Tension Width Length Check Orange Regular searms, Chart Zone etc.
  • Page 27 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Practical Stitch Chart (Continued) Stitch Foot and Other Attach. Stitch Selection OVERCAST Zigzag STRETCH <, <, THREE STEP Zigzag ZIGZAG < .> SMOCKING Zigzag STITCH SHELL STITCH SERGING Zigzag Thread Stitch Stitch Needle Tension Width Length Yellow Check Stretch...
  • Page 28 Stitch Stitch Foot and Other Attach, Selection Zigzag STITCHING ELASTIC Zigzag STRETCH < FAGOTING Zigzag STRETCH Zigzag PATCHING < < TWO-POINT SHELL Zigzag STITCHING Thread Stitch Stitch Needle Tension Width Length Check Orange Chort Zone on p. 14 Check Yellow Use for applying Chart Stretch...
  • Page 29 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Practical Stitch Chart (Continued) Stitch Stitch Foot and Other Attach. Selection HERRING BONE Zigzag STRETCH ¢ TWO POINT Zigzag BOX STITCH OVEREDGE Zigzag STITCH DECORATIVE GEOMETRICS SATIN STITCH Satin Needle Thread Stitch Stitch Tension Length Width Yegow Check Chart...
  • Page 30 Stitch Stitch Foot and Other Attach, Selection Sliding buttonhole BUTTONHOLE Buttonhole Thread Stitch Stitch _qKIIo Tension Width Length Check Blue Zone Chert (Blue Zone) onp, Check Chart on p. 14 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Uses Refer to Page Buttonholes: also corded buttonholes. 42 _ 43 44 _ 47 Raund-end...
  • Page 31: Straight Stitches

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Straight Stitches Straight Stitch Set the Machine Stitch width coT:: . Before foot, always control needle. Raise the presser foot. Raise position. Stretch Stitch Place H Straight foot needle NOTE; Best sewing results common). obtained with straight Draw stitch...
  • Page 32: Use The Darning

    • Use the Darning Plate DarNing 01ate Sometimes when sew, want control The Darning Plate covers the feed dogs so that they do not touch To Put on the Darning Plate: NOTE: rectangular holes in the Darning Plate needle plate. In the darning plate, these...
  • Page 33: The Bobbin From

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Darning Sot the Machine Stitch width control O Top thread tension control Stitch length 2 to6 control any number (no_ necesF.3ry adjust) Here's How (see page 29). presser Remove foot (see Stretch Stitch embroidery Draw Darning plate fabric start darning.
  • Page 34: Zigzag Stitches

    Zigzag Stitches Basic Zigzag Set the Machine Stitch width control 1 to 5 Top thread tension Stitch length ontrol :_ to 8 control orange zone ° Stretch Stitch A: Zigzag foot The Stitch and Its Uses zigzag stitch is one of the most common and most versatile...
  • Page 35 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches (Continued) • Satin Stitch Set the Machine Stitch width Top thread tension control 3 lo_ Stitch length control 05 to 1 Stretch Stitch F: Satin stitch foot Pressure dia!: I or The Stitch and Ifs Uses The Satin stitch is a versatile and often...
  • Page 36: Applique

    Applique Set the Machine con ro,2,o Stitch width Top thread tension control 2 to 6 Stitch length to t control Baste joiner) applique Stitch around sure the needle edge of the applique. Stretch Stitch When sewing corners, Satin stitch clown into foot foot pivot...
  • Page 37: Monogramming

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches (Continued} • Monogramming _t the Machine Stitch width TOp thread tension control 2 In 6 Stitch length control tl! I Here's How Set the same as satin stitch. Back the fabric with interfacing, Stretch Stitch Draw with tailor's chalk.
  • Page 38: Sew A Button

    • Sew a Button S_t the Machine Stitch width control M_sr be adjusled Top thread tension control 2 to 6 Stitch length control Any number (not necessary to adjust) Use the darning plate Match foot. Adjust Stretch Stitch Lower Turn Zigzag foot button.
  • Page 39: Overcasting Stitch

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches (Continued) Overcasting Stitch Set the Machine Stitch width © 3 4 , control 3 to 5 "Op thread tension control [_ Io tt Stitch length ;o_toro, orange Helpful Start overcasting raw corner right at the edge, Stretch Stitch tangled:...
  • Page 40: Three-step Zigzag

    Three-Step Zigzag Set the Machine Stitch width control5 1234 Fop thread tension control 2 to 6 Stitch length control 0 5 to 1 Seam Finishing Place the fabric so that the edge will the right hand side of the presser foot. Guide Stretch Stitch stitches...
  • Page 41: Overcast Stretch Stitching

    SECTION LEARN THESTITCHES, Zigzag Stitches (Continued) Overcast Stretch Stitching Set the Machine Stitch width control 3 !o5 thlead tension Stitch length control 2 Io 6 control yellow str etc'h stitch I_O';I tl(_rl Here's Place the raw the LEFT Stitch so the needle pierces just short of the outside Stretch Stitch Or, place your...
  • Page 42: Blind Hemming

    Blind Hemming Set the Machine Stitch width control 2 to 3 © Woi_ Top thread tension control Stitch length control o_ange ZQI_t? Finish Measure, Stretch Stitch NOTE: Fold Zigzag foot showing. Place stitch After 1/4" the raw edge of your hem an,/way you desire.
  • Page 43: Lace Work

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Lace Work Set the Machine Stitch width thread tension contrn! 2 t_ • • Stitch length Control Stretch Stitch Lace adds blouses Zigzag foot pillows when Turn raw edge of fabric 5/8". stitch using stretch blind hem stitch. Trim excess fabric close to stitching.
  • Page 44: Buttonhole

    Buttonhole Making • Learning to Sew Buttonholes With your Kenmore sewing machine you have two methods buttonholes. use the built-in system snap-in automatic buttonhole attachment system. Choose the buttonhole style Built-in bottonholes (rectangular). Choose this style for waistband, cuffs, belt slots or where need only one or two buttons.
  • Page 45 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Buttonhole Making (Continued) • Built-in System Machine Stitch width i_ lfl control IRlue zone1 Stitch length control I. a. Carefully length on your garment. b. Change foot. tO_) thr_all tefl'_Fon Insert Stretch Stitch foot ,, ,L_q Sli(lin 9 buttonhole foot...
  • Page 46 ,_ Set the stitch selector 5. a. Set the stitch b. Sew 4 to 6 stitches. h. Sew until the buttonhole. Stop sewing at the right stitch• ¢. Stop sewing at the right sliding buttonhole foot as illustrated and sewin reverse( _]-_-_-[_] selector...
  • Page 47 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Buttonhole Making (Continued) • Using Buttonhole Attachment Buttonhole Attachment System more varied and accurate buttonholes, you will enjoy hole attachment and templates. Know the parts read carefully your machine properly. will need these attachment system. Gl_ide s_ot MeaStl rerflerl...
  • Page 48 Set the Machine Stitch width control 2 ' "Top thread tension I (:c_ntrol 2 l=_ G Stitch length contrOIo_j_ Stretch Stitch Buttonhole foot Helpful Hints obtain best results --80 light weight threads bobbin thread. NOTE: is advisable to use a blue stretch fabric needle...
  • Page 49 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Buttonhole Making (Continued) /-Buttonhole guide plate GiJid Setting Mark Gqide block When you have selected the template with hole you need, slide the template into the guide plate. Pull catch toward while sliding the template hole size you have chosen is at the setting mark.
  • Page 50 Mark your buttonhole position carefully Placing your garment behind the machine, plate and the buttonhole foot as shown. Align marked buttonhole with center marking Line up your fabric edge with the measurement plate just in front of the buttonhole foot Pierce the fabric with the needle at the beginning...
  • Page 51: Sew In A Zipper

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Sew in a Zipper Fabric Preparation Put the top sides of the fabric together zipper opening. the reverse to lock stitches. zipper opening with stitch length at "4" and top thread tension at "3". "op thread tension control 2 [o 6 ()pening...
  • Page 52 10. Close Open the zipper. fabric Lower the presser foot and stitch the rest of the seam, Top side of fabric Remove zipper turn attach the presser top side up, pins on the zipper 12. Stitch across and below tom of the zipper, 13.
  • Page 53: Shell Stitching

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Shell Stitching Set the Machine Stitch width 3 to control © I 2 3 4 I Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 hi _) control i_rarlge He re'1;.H_ o w ZOne ,,, ii, It For best effect: Stretch Stitgh Satin stitch...
  • Page 54: Smocking

    Smocking Machine Stitch width control 3 to 5 Top thread tension control 2 to 6 Stitch length stretch Stdch pOSltiOrl ,1 _3 Stretch Stitch Zigzag foot With straight across the area to be smocked. Knot the threads the bobbin gathers evenly.
  • Page 55: Fagoting Stitch

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Fagoting Stitch Set the Machine Stitch width control5 thread tension control _ !,_ Stitch length control (l S t_ 2 Here's How •l, s i_ Fold and press. Stretch Stitch tear away backing so the A: Zigzag foot edge on each side.
  • Page 56: Elastic Stretch Stitch

    Elastic Stretch Stitch Machine Stitch width thread tension Stitch length control _! I_ • control yellow _tretch stitch p_S_tlon i ,lll Stretch Stitch A Zigzag foot Choose this garments. Mark match center Place under foot and stitch sure buted. Box Stitching Set the Machine thread tension...
  • Page 57: Two-point Box Stitch

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Two-point Box Stitch Set t_e Machine Stitch width © 2 3 4 control 3 to 5 :oo thread tension Stitch length control _ Io control orarlge This stitch is useful for elastic fabrics to join them together. Stretch Stitch A: Zigzag foot...
  • Page 58: Decorate With Geometric Patterns

    Decorate with Geometric Patterns Set the Machine Top thread tension control 3 Io8 F: Satin stitch foot Tile Stitches and T!leir Uses These stitches are purely decorative. one row or several or vary the stitch special effects. Experiment on a scrap of fabric to see what special effects Stitch width...
  • Page 59 SECTION PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS What to Do When PROBLEM Incorrect Improper Loose upper Pulling fabric. hregtHar Stttches Loose presser foot. Unevenly Nicks or burrs at hole of needle plate. Pulling Incorrect B_eakmg Needle Incorrect Loose presser foot. Upper Rtmch,_g of Thread under Incorrect Using two different...
  • Page 60 PROBLEM t_correct Bent or blunt Sk;ppmg Stitches Incorrect Tight upper Starting improper Tight upper Breaking Uppel Thlead Incorrect Sharp Nicks Improper Breaking Bobbin Thread Lint in bobbin Darning Stitch Fabric not Moving Thread Push-pull Thread caught in hook race. Machine Jamming Knocking Noise...
  • Page 61: Replace The Light Bulb

    SECTION CARE FOR YOUR MACHINE" Replace the Light Bulb Clean the Bobbin Holder insure essential The bobbin or knock Lh_plug machine open {;_cP covPr CALITION hght bulb will Protect yotlr fill(l(!1 when %/O11 handle Follow Turn Ptl,h bulb turn machine, l)tllb [:otirlter clockwise...
  • Page 62: Clean The Hook Race And Feed Dogs

    Oneor it may stain fabrics. In case machine is not used extended time, it before Use good quality sewing machine No other oiling is required Above points only area require oiling on this machine. sewing.
  • Page 63: Parts List

    PARTS LIST l"...
  • Page 64 All parts listed herein may be ordered from any Sears Roebuck or service center. WHEN ORDERING REPAIR PARTS, ALWAYS INFORMATION: PART NUMBER PART DESCRIPTION MODEL NUMBER NAME OF ITEM If the parts you need are not stocked locally, transmitted Sears...
  • Page 65 Accessory storage 2, 8 Appliqueing 23, 33 Bar tacking 23, 33 Base ... Base plate 4. 48, 60_61 Basic zigzag 23, 31 Blind hemming 23, 39_40 Bobbin 4, 15_16, 58, 60_61 Bobbin holder 16, 58"59 Bobbin thread 18_19 Bobbin winding Bobbin winding spindle...
  • Page 66 ]'{_p thread 17_20 Tnt} thread tension 19"-20 thread tension control 2, 19_20 Turning a sqtJare corner "fwo point box stitching 26. 54 Two-point shell stitching 25, 50 Zigzag foot 11. 23_26, 31, 3.5"40, 50._53. 60"..61 Zigzag stitching 23, 31_36 Zigzag overcasting ... Zipper application 23, 48_4g Zipper foot...
  • Page 67 MEMO...
  • Page 68 MEMO...
  • Page 69 CENTER/DEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, SEARS, ROEBUCK WARRANTY MACHINE HEAD Sears will, free of charge, repair defects in material head. EQUIPMENT OF SEWING MACHINE Sears will, free of charge, repair defects of the sewing...
  • Page 70 SEWING MACHINE Now that you have purchased your Kenmore Sewing Machine, should a need ever exist for repair parts or service, simply contact your nearest Sears Service Center. you call or visit. The model number of your Sewing Machine will be shown on your nomenclature your Sewing Machine.

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    I have one of these machines, and the zigzag and reverse stitches willnot work, any suggestion​s as to which part is bad, no matter what stitch I select, it sews straight.