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OWNER'S MANUAL
S_FA/RS
SEWING
MACHINE
MODELS 385.
12708
385.
12710
385.
12712
or
385.
12714

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  • Page 1 OWNER'S MANUAL S_FA/RS SEWING MACHINE MODELS 385. 385. 385. 385. 12708 12710 12712 12714...
  • Page 2 SEARS CANADA Dear Customer: have just invested in a very fine zigzag sewing machine. please pause for a moment and carefully read this booklet and care for your machine. Specific instructions are given on threading, tension obtain the best sewing...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    SECTION KNOW THE MACHINE A Portable Case or Cabinet is Avaialble ... Locate and Identify the Parts ... Identify the Accessories ... PREPARE THE MACHINE FOR SEWING SECTION Set Up the Machine ... • Plug in the Machine and Switch on the Power •...
  • Page 4: A Portable Case Or Cabinet Is Avaialble

    A Portable Case or Cabinet is Available A full line of sewing cabinets is available at your nearest Sears retail store or through our general catalog, Another option . . . buy a Carrying Case . . . then your...
  • Page 5: Knowthemachine

    SECTION KNOWTHEMACHINE Cover Plate Hand Wheel Auto Clutch Light power Switch Plug Connector Foot Control Presser Foot Identify the Accessories Carrying Handle Presser Foot Lever Need le set Free Nomenclature Plate _mall __ittonhole opener lI'_ Large screw driver Sliding buttonhole foot Zipperfoot Lint brush...
  • Page 6: Section Prepare The Machine For Sewing

    Set Up the Machine Plugin the Machineand Switch on the Power Power supply plug switch Power Power _[ _ supply Plug connector Machine plug NOTE: Before inserting plug into your machine, be sure the power switch OFF. Check your outlet to be sure it is a 110 to 120 Volt AC outlet.
  • Page 7: Setting Spool Pins

    SECTION PREPARE THE MACHINE Setting Spool Pins Adjust the Presser Foot Lever Spool High position The spool pins are used for holding the The Presser Foot Lever raises and lowers your spools of thread when feeding thread to the presser foot. machine.
  • Page 8: Set Up The Machine ......................... 5

    Set Up the Machine (Continued) • Free-Arm Sewing: the Removable • Accessory Extension Table To Remove the Extension Table (for free-arm sewing) box lifts open toward Grip the table with your index finger Sewing and thumb, as shown, ently Pull gently to the left.
  • Page 9: Check The Needle

    Upholstery Cotton Duck, Heavy Twills, Canvas fabrics Decorative top-stitching on all types of fabric on these Stretch Fabric: Polyester Double Knit, nearest Sears Nylon Tricot, Jersey, Stretch Terry, Spandex, Cire Tricot Length Chart NEEDLE RECOMMENDED SIZE THREAD SIZE STITCH COLOR...
  • Page 10: Prepare The Bobbin

    Prepare the Bobbin • To Removethe BobbinCasefrom the Machine To remove bobbin case from shut- Remove extension table from tle, pull open latch of bobbin case. machine pulling it to left. Open shuttle cover Pull bobbin pulling down the embossed part on shuttle.
  • Page 11: Insert The Bobbin Into The Bobbin Case

    SECTION PREPARE THE MACHINE Wind the Bobbin (Continued) Draw thread from spool through Pull end of thread bobbin winding tension disc as shown. bobbin as shown. Insert the Bobbin into the Bol bin Case Place bobbin in bobbin case Pull thread through slot of case making sure thread feeds clock- as shown, wise...
  • Page 12: Prepare The Top Thread

    Prepare the Top Thread • Thread the Needle ILuLf_ The numbered steps above follow the numbers on the illustrations. Dotted lines show places where the thread loops and then is pulled tight. SECTION Raise take-up lever to its highest position by turning hand wheel toward you.
  • Page 13: Pick Up The Bobbin Thread

    SECTION PREPARE THE MACHINE Pick Up the Bobbin Thread Raise presser foot lever. Hold thread loosely in left hand and rotate handwheel toward you one complete turn. If you cannot pick up bobbin thread by following Is needle threaded from front to back? Is thread tangled around needle? Are 3 to 4 inches of thread coming from the shuttle?
  • Page 14: Adjust The Top Thread Tension

    Adjust the Top Thread Tension side of fabric Setting _hread Tighten Bobbin For Straight Stitch The ideal straight stitch will have threads locked between the two layers of fabric, as shown above, magnified to show detail. If you look at the stitch, front and back, you will notice that there are no gaps, that each stitch is smooth and even.
  • Page 15: Reverse Stitch Control

    SECTION PREPARE THE MACHINE For Zigzag Stitch In a correct zigzag stitch, the bobbin threads will not show on the top side of fabric and the top threads will show slightly on the bottom side. See below for the correct appearance, To match this appearance, adjust the top tension.
  • Page 16: Stitch Selector

    Stitch Selector Model 12714 Settlng mark StitchSelector "q STRETCH • m D CHI] Stitch Selector / _"'"_ "_ stitch selector control only determines stitch you select, but also regulates the stitch width regular zigzag and rick rack stretch stitches. The different types of stitches are designated by color.
  • Page 17: Stitch Length Control

    SECTION2. PREPARE THE MACHINE Stitch Length Control Setting mark Stitch Length Stitch Length Control stitch length control regulates length of stitch, stitche setting. The higher the number, the longer the stitch. "0'" means no feed. Depending upon your fabric or your own preference in buttonholes, the buttonhole stitch density within the blue buttonhole...
  • Page 18: Starting To Sew

    Now that you are familiar with the controls on your machine and with the accessories provided for the machine, you are ready to start to sew with your new Kenmore sewing machine. Below are some good habits to follow each time you sit down to sew: Inspect the needle, it should be straight, properly set and sharp on the point.
  • Page 19: Section Learn The Stitches

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Straight Stitches Straight Stitch Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control 2 to 6 control Raise the presser foot, z°n_ Raise the position. Place a stitching Straight foot Zigzag foot needle common).
  • Page 20: Topstitching

    Topatitching set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control 2 to 6 control red Here's How Lower Keep foot. Straight foot Zigzag foot Evenly edge topstitching The Stitch Its Uses Topstitching emphasizes lines of your garment keeps seams and edges flat and crisp.
  • Page 21: Sew In A Zipper

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Straight Stitches (Continued) • Sew in a Zipper Fabric Preparation: right sides of fabric Stitch gether and sew to the end of the zip- per opening, Use the reverse to lock the stitches. zipper opening with stitch length at "4"...
  • Page 22 Machine ZIPPER FOOT'" zipper" "cording", at any Sears retail store. SECTION3. LEARNTHE STITCHES Right side "'-, side of the zip- 14. Stop about 2" from the top of the zipper foot zipper.
  • Page 23: Usethe Darningplate

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Straight Stitches (Continued) Usethe DarningPlate Sometimes when sew, you want to control the fabric youself. The Darning Plate covers the feed dogs so that they do not touch the fabric. To Put on the Darning Plate: NOTE: The rectangular holes in the...
  • Page 24: Zigzag Stitches

    Zigzag Stitches Basic Zigzag Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control 2 to 5 control red Here's How There are many ways to sew a zigzag stitch. Consult the specific variations for detailed directions. Satin Stitch p. 24 Zigzag foot Applique Bar Tacking p.
  • Page 25: Satin Stitch

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches (Continued) Satin Stitch Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control 0.5 to 1 Satin stitch foot The Stitch and Its Uses The Satin stitch is a versatile and often used decorative stitch,...
  • Page 26: Applique

    Applique Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control 0.5 to 1 Baste joiner) applique Stitch around sure the needle edge of the applique. Satin stitch foot When sewing down into foot and pivot or left.
  • Page 27: Sewa Button

    SECTION LEARN THE STI,TCHES Zigzag Stitches (Continued) • Sewa Button Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control control 1 to 4 any number (not Use the darning Set the stitch Zigzag foot Align hole of the button Lower Darning plate comes...
  • Page 28: Overcasting Stitch

    • Overcasting Stitch Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control 1 to 2 Helpful Hints Start overcasting about 1/8" inside the raw corner of your seam. If you start right at the edge, the fabric will bunch Zigzag foot up and tangled.
  • Page 29: Three-step Zigzag

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches (Continued) Three-Step Zigzag Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control 0.5 to 1 Seam Finishing Place the fabric under the presser foot so that the edge will be slightly inside the right hand side of the presserfoot, Zigzag foot Guide...
  • Page 30: Blind Hemming

    Blind Hemming Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Light (Regular) Weight Fabric top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control 1 to 3 Heavy Weight Fabric There are two Zigzag foot wider and will Finish Measure, NOTE: For light Fold Set the Machine Stitch...
  • Page 31: Shell Stitching (models 12712and 12714)

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches (Continued) Shell Stitching (Models 12712 and 12714) Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control 3 to g control 1to 2 Here°s How For best effect: Zigzag foot If you The Stitch and Its Uses space the rows 1/2"...
  • Page 32: Stretch Stitches

    Stretch Stitches Straight Stretch Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control 2 to 6 control yellow position stretch stitch Straight foot Zigzag foot stretch actually sewn, The Stitch and Its Uses forward (sometimes This stitch is the stretch variation of action"...
  • Page 33: Smocking

    SECTION LEARN THE STfTCHES Stretch Stitches {Continued) Smocking Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control control 1 to 4 yellow stretch stitch position Zigzag foot With straight across the area to be smocked. Knot the threads the bobbin gathers other...
  • Page 34: Models 12712 And 12714)

    Serglng or Pine Leaf Stretch Stitchin Models 12712 and 12714) Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control yellow position Here's How stretch stitch t___J Place the fabric under the presser foot so that the stitches are made over the edge.
  • Page 35: Buttonholes

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Buttonholes Sat the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length contro control 1 to 5 blue zone 1. a. Carefully length on your garment. b. Change to the sliding buttonhole foot. Sliding buttonhole foot c.
  • Page 36 5. a. Set the stitch selector 4. a. Set the stitch selector at _Jz b. Sew 4 to 6 stitches. b. Sew marking c. Stop sewing at the right stitch. c. Stop sewing at the right NOTE: When sewing at the edge of fabric, sliding buttonhole foot...
  • Page 37: What To Do When

    SECTION PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS What to Do When PROBLEM Incorrect Improper Loose upper thread Irregular Stitches Pulling Loose Unevenly Nicks or burrs at hole of needle plate. Pulling Incorrect Breaking Needle Incorrect Loose Upper Bunching of Thread under Incorrect thread tension(s). Using two different sizes or kinds of thread.
  • Page 38 PROBLEM Incorrect size needle. Bent or blunt needle. Skipping Stitches Incorrect setting of needle. Tight upper thread tension. Starting to stitch too fast. Improper threading. Tight upper thread tension. Breaking Upper Thread Incorrect size needle. Sharp eye in needle. Nicks or burrs on shuttle. Nicks or burrs at hole of needle plate.
  • Page 39: Care For The Machine

    SECTION CARE FOR THE MACHINE Replacing the Light Bulb Cleaning the Machine To insure The feed is caught. Check and clean those areas about If you sew frequently, Clean the Feed Dogs Unplug the machine and open the face cover. CAUTION! The light bulb could be HOT.
  • Page 40: Clean The Shuttle Race

    • Clean the Shuttle Race This area must be kept free of dust, lint and occasional about every three months. Center pin of the shuttle Lever case To Clean the Shuttle Area: To Replace Raise needle bar to highest point and remove the bobbin case.
  • Page 41: Oiling The Machine

    One or two drops of oil is sufficient. Kenmore sewing machine oil is available at your nearest Sears retail store. NOTE: Unplug the machine before oiling.
  • Page 42: Parts List

    PARTS LIST All parts listed herein may be ordered from any Sears store or service center. WHEN ORDERING REPAIR INFORMATION: 1. PART NUMBER 3. MODEL NUMBER If the parts you need are not stocked locally, your order will be electronically transmitted to a Sears Repair Parts Distribution Center for expedited handling.
  • Page 43 Accessory storage box ... 3, 7 Adjusting stretch stitch balance ... Applique ... Arm cover plate ... 4, 40 Bar tacking ... Basic zigzag ... Blind hemming ... Bobbin ... 4, 9_10, 41 Bobbin case ... 9_10, 39, 41 Bobbin thread 12_13 Bobbin winding 9_I0...
  • Page 44 Inn, _ II_ _ FULL 25-YEAR WARRANTY ON SEWING MACHINE For 25 years from the date of purchase, Sears will, free of charge, repair defects in material or workmanship .__, in the sewing machine head. --" FULL TWO YEAR WARRANTY...
  • Page 45 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. Be sure to pertinent facts when you call or visit. The model number of your Sewing Machine will be shown on your nomenclature plate on the back of your Sewing Machine.

This manual is also suitable for:

385. 12714385. 12710385. 12712

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