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  • Page 1 SEWING MACHINE...
  • Page 2 Kenmore Sewing Machine Record in space provided below the model number and serial numbe_ of _his appHerrce;The mode! number and ser_! number ..are located on the nomenclature plate, as identified on Page 3 of this booklet.
  • Page 3 IMPORTANT SAFETY Never operate appliance with opening blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the sewing machine and foot controller free from INSTRUCTIONS accumulation of lint, dust, and loose cloth. Never drop or insert any object into any opening. Do not use outdoors. Your sewing machine is designed and constructed only for HOUSEHOLD use.
  • Page 4 OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS "For appliances with a polarized plug (one blade wider than the other). To reduce the risk of electric shock, this plug is intended to fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION KNOW YOUR MACHINE • Left Needle Position ....... Darning ......... A Portable Case or Cabinet is Available ....Straight Stretch ......Locate and Identify the Parts ....Zigzag Stitches ......20_26 Identify the Accessories ......• Basic Zigzag ......
  • Page 6: Know Your Machine

    Upper Thread Guide Thread Spool Take-up Lever Another option . . . buy a Carrying Case . . . then your Kenmore goes anywhere, can be stored any- where. Bobbin Winding Spindle Bobbin Winding Tension Disc Top Thread Tension...
  • Page 7: Identify The Accessories

    SECTION KNOWYOURMACHINE Identify the Accessories Cover Plate Carrying Handle Hand Wheel Bobbin Lint brush Presser Foot Lever Auto Clutch Knob Needle set Light Power Switch Free Arm Large screw driver Plug Connector Darning plate Nomenclature Plate all screw driver Straight stitch foot Foot Control...
  • Page 8: Prepare Your

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING Set Up the Machine • Foot Control Use • Plug in the Machine and Switch on the Power Power supply plug Power switch supply light Foot control Plug Push the light and power switch to turn foot control regulates...
  • Page 9: Setting Spool Pin

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING • Thread Cutter • Setting Spool Pin Adjust the Presser Foot Lever Normal position cutter positior High position position Presser foot lever The spool is used for holding the spool Presser Foot Lever raises and lowers your don't...
  • Page 10: Free Arm Sewing

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING Choose Your Needle and Thread Set Up the Machine (Continued) • To Change Your Needle • Free-Arm Sewing: the Removable • Accessory Storage Box • Change the Presser Foot Extension Table Ne_'_e clamp screw Flat side away...
  • Page 11: Check Your Needle

    Stretch Fabric: 11-BLUE fabrics. Polyester Double Knits, 2--2,5 Polyester Core/Cotton (STRETCH Nylon Tricot, Jersey, (10-12 stitches Wrap FABRIC Replacement Kenmore needles are avialable at your nearest Sears 50 Mercerized Cotton Stretch Terry, Spandex, per inch) NEEDLE) Cire Tricot stores. = Check Your Needle Look for barbed or blunt point.
  • Page 12: Prepare The Bobbin

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING Prepare the Bobbin • Wind the Bobbin • To Remove the Bobbin Case from the Machine Release clutch turning clutch knob inside the hand wheel toward you to stop the needle from moving while winding bobbin.
  • Page 13: To Remove The Bobbin

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING • Wind the Bobbin (Continued) Draw thread from spool through Pull thread through hole Place bobbin onto bobbin winding Wind thread until winder stops. bobbin as shown. bobbin winding tension disc as shown. spindle with thread coming...
  • Page 14: Prepare Your Top Thread

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING Prepare Your Top Thread • Thread Your Needle Raise take-up lever to its highest position by turning hand wheel toward you. Raise presser foot lever. Place spool on spool pin as shown, with thread coming from the back of the spool.
  • Page 15: Pick Up Your Bobbin Thread

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING Pick Up Your Bobbin Thread Raise presser foot lever. Hold Bring bobbin thread pulling Pull both threads under and to the thread loosely in left hand and rotate top thread. back of the presser foot, leaving handwheel...
  • Page 16: Adjust The Top Thread

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING Adjust the Top Thread Tension Choose the Correct Tension: The best tension will depend side of fabric the stiffness and thickness of the fabric Setting mark the number of fabric layers Loosen the type of stitch thread The top thread The top thread...
  • Page 17 SECTION2. PREPARE YOURMACHINEFORSEWING For Zigzag Stitch In the correct zigzag stitch, the bobbin threads will not show on the top side fabric and the top threads will show slightly on the bottom side. below for the correct appearance. To match this appearance, adjust your tension.
  • Page 18: Stitch Selector

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING Stitch Selector Stitch Length Control Model 12781 Setting mark Setting mark ""'1+1"'" Stitch Selector Stitch Lerlgth 0 +I-- I--2--3--4.--+s _tting mark Stitch Selector / Stitch Length Control stitch selector control only determines stitch length control regulates length...
  • Page 19: Adjusting Stretch Stitch Balance

    SECTION PREPARE YOUR MACHINE FOR SEWING Reverse Stitch Control Adjusting Stretch Stitch Balance fSetting mark Stitch Length ,_° "'_" 0L..._1_2_____ sL .___'' ' I _I Stitch Length Control -'-_ To select Stretch Stitches, set this control at • position. In stretch stitch sewing, Stitch Length Control should To reverse stitch, hold down this control during be in the detent position between Sand L (vposition) sewing.
  • Page 20: Starting To Sew

    Now that you are familiar with the controls on your machine and with the accessoriesprovided 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.
  • Page 21: Learn The Stitches

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Straight Stitches • Straight Stitch • Use the Seam Guides Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Cornering Guide Top thread tension Stitch length control 2 to 6 control orange seam guides on the needle plate there help measure seam...
  • Page 22: Use The Darning Plate

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Straight Stitches (Continued) Left Needle Position • Use the Darning Plate • "ropstitching Set the Machine Stitch selector Stitch Stitch selector Stitch length Top thread tension control orange control 2 to 6 zone Here's How Sometimes when sew, you want...
  • Page 23: Darning

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Darning Straight Stretch Set the Machine Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length threadtension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control any number control 2 to 6 control yellow stretch stitch adjust) position...
  • Page 24: Zigzag Stitches

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches Basic Zigzag Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control 2 to 5 control orange Here's How There are many ways to sew a zigzag stitch. Consult the specific variations for detailed directions.
  • Page 25 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES • Satin Stitch Zigzag w dth: Set the Machine Stitch Stitch Stitch selector length : Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control 0.5 to 1 Close to 0 Satin stitch foot The Stitch and Its Uses Here's How The Satin stitch is a versatile and often...
  • Page 26: Bar Tacking

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches (Continued) • Applique Bar Tacking Set the Machine Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control 0.5 to 1 control 1 to 4 control...
  • Page 27: Sew A Button

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Sew a Button Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length control control 1 to 4 number (not Usethe darning plate for button sewing (see p. 18). strengthen shank, threads leaving a 20 cm (8"') tail. Bring Set the stitch selector at"...
  • Page 28: Rick-rack Stretch

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Zigzag Stitches (Continued) OvercastingStitch Rick-Rack Stretch Set the Machine Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control yellow control 1 to 4 control 1 to 2 stretch stitch...
  • Page 29: Overcast Stretch

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES • Overcast Stretch Stitching (Models 12781, 12681 and 12581) Serging or Pine Leaf Stretch Stitchinc (Models 12781 and 12681) Set the Machine Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length Stitch length Top thread...
  • Page 30: Three-step Zigzag

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Lace Work (Models 12781, 12681 and 12581) Zigzag Stitches (Continued) Three-Step Zigzag Set the Machine Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitchlength Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control 0.5 to 1 control 1 to 4 control...
  • Page 31: Blind Hemming

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Blind Hemming (Models 12781, 12681 and 12581) 1/4" Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Light (Regular) Weight 114" Fabric Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control 1 to 3 Heavy Weight Fabric There are two blind hem stitches on your machine. The regular blind hem is used for woven fabrics. The stretch blind hem is Zigzag foot wider and will "give"...
  • Page 32: Buttonholes

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Buttonholes Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length contro control 1 to 5 1. a. Carefully mark the buttonhole 2. a. Move the slider toward 3. a. Set the stitch selector length on your garment.
  • Page 33 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES 7. Remove the fabric and cut the hole 4. a. Set the stitch selector 5. a. Set the stitch selector at !31 6. a. Set the stitch selector open with the buttonhole opener, b. Sew 4 to 6 stitches. b.
  • Page 34: Sew In A Zipper

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Sew in a Zipper Fabric Preparation Set the Machine Zipper teeth right sides of the fabric 1/8") Stitch Stitch selector gether and sew to the end of the zip- Zipper tape per opening. the reverse to lock the stitches.
  • Page 35 SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Open thezipper. 10. Close zipper turn To sew the right side of the zip- Stop about 2" from the top of the per, zipper foot on the zipper. Lower the presser foot and stitch fabric right side up, right side of the needle.
  • Page 36: Shell Stitching

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Shell Stitching (Models 12781 and 12681) Smocking Set the Machine Set the Machine Stitch Stitch selector Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length Stitch length control Top thread tension control 3 to 9 control 1to 2 control 1 to 4 yellow stretch stitch...
  • Page 37: Elastic Stretch

    SECTION LEARN THE STITCHES Elastic Stretch Stitch (Model 12781 only) Box Stitching (Model 12781 only) Set the Machine Set tha Machine Stitch Stitch selector Stitch Stitch selector Top thread tension Stitch length Top thread tension Stitch length control 1 to 4 control yellow _tro! I to 4...
  • Page 38: Performance

    SECTION PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS CHART What to Do When PROBLEM PROBABLE CAUSE CORRECTION Incorrect size needle. Choose correct size needle for thread and fabric. Rethread machine, Improper threading. Loose upper thread tension. Tighten upper thread tension, Irregular Stitches Pulling fabric. Do not pull fabric; guide it gently.
  • Page 39 SECTION PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS CHART What to Do When (Continued) PROBLEM PROBABLE CAUSE CORRECTION Incorrect size needle. Choose correct size needle for thread and fabric. Bent or blunt needle. Insert new needle. Skipping Stitches Incorrect setting of needle. Reset needle. Tight upper thread tension. Loosen upper thread tension.
  • Page 40: Replacing The Light Bulb

    SECTION CARE FOR YOUR MACHINE Replacing the Light Bulb Cleaning the Machine To insure that your machine operates at its best, you need to keep the essential parts clean at atl times. The feed dogs and shuttle race areas can attract dust and lint.
  • Page 41: Careforyourmachine

    SECTION5. CAREFORYOURMACHINE • Clean the Shuttle Race This area must be kept free of dust, lint and occasional tangled thread, Clean the shuttle race area about every three months. Center pin of the shuttle Shuttle driver Lever Shuttle Race Lever Bob_ (Oil hare) Shuttle...
  • Page 42: Oiling The Machine

    Use good quality sewing machine oil. One or two drops of oil is sufficient. Remove excess oil, otherwise it may stain fabric. Kenmore sewing machine oil is available at your nearest Sears retail store. NOTE: Unplug...
  • Page 43 PARTS LIST All parts listed herein may be ordered from any Searsstore or service center. WHEN ORDERING REPAIR PARTS, ALWAYS GIVE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: 1. PART NUMBER 2. PART DESCRIPTION 3. MODEL NUMBER 4. NAME OF ITEM If the parts need are not stocked locally, your order...
  • Page 44 INDEX Feed dogs ....... Foot control ....Satin stitch foot ... 3, 21 _ 22, 39 Accessory storage ....2, 6 Free arm sewing ....Satin stitch ...... Adjusting stretch stitch balance ..Seam guides ...... Applique ......Serging ......Arm cover plate ....
  • Page 45 MEMO...
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  • Page 47 WARRANTY FULL 25-YEAR WARRANTY ON SEWING MACHINE HEAD For 25 years from the date of purchase, Sears will, free of charge, repair defects in material or workmanship which appear in the mechanical components of the sewing machine head. FULL TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT...

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