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Kenmore 1357 Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1 Kenmore INSTRUCTIONS ZIG • ZAG SEWING MACHINE MODEL 1357/1525/1660/1947 60278...
  • Page 2 •Parts List 48, 49:...
  • Page 3 Shuttle cover Base front cover Base Zigzag stitch needle plate Front cover release button Presser foot Thread guide Needle clamp screw Thread guide Top thread tension control Face cover thread guide Face cover plate Take-up lever Upper thread guide Special stitch dia! Stitch...
  • Page 4 Electric cord receptacle Nomenclature plate Light and power switch Clutch knob Hand wheel Bobbin winder Spool pins Bobbin winder tension disc Pressure regulator (Flat-bed type) Presser foot lever Thread cutter Presser foot thumb screw Feed dogs Base release button Needle plate Guide pin hole Hand hole cover plate...
  • Page 5 INSTALLING MACHINE / :. To install the machine in cabinet, position machine head on cabinet platform holes on bottom of machine match those on board. Insert washers and screws and tighten into place. (Fig. 1) A separate base and cover is available to carry the machine when needed.
  • Page 6 INSTALLING MACHINE Loosen the two hinge screws holes in the rear edge of the machine bed. Raise hinge pins in the cabinet case. Slip machine head onto pins. Tighten hinge screws securely. Push speed control plug three-prong connector under bed plate. Lower machine head...
  • Page 7 CONVERTING TO FREE-ARM Remove the base from the machine pushing release button applicable) and pulling the left. (Fig, 1, 2) SEWING To replace the base, along free base position. (Fig. 1) Note: Base cannot replaced unless closed. i•.° simply slide its original removed shuttle...
  • Page 8 WINDING THE BOBBIN Release clutch turning knob toward you. Draw thread from spool through bobbin winder tension disc shown. 3. Pull end of thread through bobbin as shown. 4. Place bobbin onto bobbin shaft with end of thread coming from the top of the bobbin. Push ®...
  • Page 9 THREADING THE BOBBIN CASE Remove base front cover by push- release button side. Open the shuttle cover. Raise needle to its highest rotating hand wheel you. 3. To remove bobbin case from shut- tie, pull open latch of bobbin 4. Pull bobbin case straight shuttle, 5.
  • Page 10 THREADING OF TOP THREAD Place thread spool pin as shown with thread coming from the back spool. Draw thread through thread guide, Holding stationary with right hand, pull the end of the thread between the tension as shown. Pull the spring wire and past the top hook...
  • Page 11 ONTROLS STRAIGHT STITCHING Increase ADJUSTING TENSION STRAIGHT STITCHING The good looking appearance of your stitching is largely determined by the balanced tension of both top end bobbin threads. The tension is well balanced when these two threads 'lock' in the middle of layers of fabric sewing.
  • Page 12 STITCH WIDTH CONTROL This control regulates the width of the stitch you select. THE HIGHER THE NUMBER-THE WIDER THE STITCH. You may vary your zigzag stitch width by adjusting this control to the setting you desire. This control must be on Red order to do straight stitching.
  • Page 13 REVERSE STITCH CONTROL It is best to begin and end seams with a few stitches taken in rpverse. This is called back tacking. Back fastens the ends of the seams firmly and prevents raveling. When reverse stitching is needed, turn the control clockwise and hold there during sewing.
  • Page 14 SPECIAL STITCH DIAL There are certain types of utility stitches you will use often in your home sewing, This control enables you to just dial the stitch you need for the task at hand. All stitches printed in red on the dial must be sewn with the Special Stitch Modifier set at the Red Dot.
  • Page 15 SPECIAL MENDING STITCH AND SMOCKING You will find that much of your sewing is in the mending category. For this reason you have been provided with a accomplished with the illustrated setting and the Modifier set at {he Red Dot. When the Modifier is turned to the White Dot a Smocking Stitch results.
  • Page 16 OTHER ADJUSTMENTS OF MACHINE IN SEWING In addition to the obvious controls of your machine, there are other small regulators and controls to aid you in using your sewing machine. PRESSURE REGULATOR i_ i _ii!!iii<i!i_!i 'ii_% _ _ :i_!zii<_i_i_i;iii•i_: _'¸' ,'-'_ <...
  • Page 17 Free-arm type) _i _ FEED DOG CONTROL There are a few times when you want to control feeding yourself. Remove the base cover from the base. Pull down the feed dog control or turn to the left as shown in Fig. 1. The fee_l dogs will drop.
  • Page 18 NEEDLE PLATE INSERTS (Free-arm type) You are provided with plate inserts: A. Needle plate with wide oval hole for all zigzag stitching. B. Needle plate with round for regular straight stitching and straight stretch stitch sewing. CHANGING NEEDLE PLATE INSERTS Raise needle to its highest position and raise presser foot.
  • Page 19 '='=' ACCESSORIES _:_: _:;:::; _.k_ _! ,_ _ NEEDLES Use KENMORE needles, The size of the needle should conform with the size of the thread and both should be suitable to the fabric (See next page). Never use a bent needle or one with a...
  • Page 20 BUTTONHOLE GUIDE (Model 1525, 1947) have been provided buttonhole guide to aid you in making buttonholes. By using this guide, will accurately make identical buttonholes every time. guide just slips onto the regular zigzag foot as illustrated. Details in using this attachment given...
  • Page 21 III I II IIII... II I II1' BUTTONHOLE ATTACHMENT You will find the following parts in your Buttonhole Attachment Cover Plate with cen.ter. Buttonhole adapter instead of base cover when hole attachment (Model 1660 only) Guide Plate with in guide pin hole on the machine just behind with Template...
  • Page 22 PRESSER FEET To change the various presser feet, raise the presser bar to its highest position by lifting presser foot lever. Loosen the presser foot thumb screw, choose the proper foot, from the front. Tighten the screw using the screw driver to make certain the foot is secure.
  • Page 23 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 _ew with your new Kenmore sewing machine. time you sit down to sew: Test the needle - it should be straight, properly set and sharp on the point.
  • Page 24 mmGARMENT CONSTRUCTION STRAIGHT STITCHING Set your machine just as shown in the illustration in order to straight stitch. It is important each dial have following settings. SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial - _e_ Stitch Width Control - Red Dot Stitch Length Control - 12 to 6 Special Stitch Modifier - Red Dot Straight Stitch Foot Straight Slitch Needle Plate...
  • Page 25 Be sure both threads are drawn back under the presser foo/t. Lower needle into fabric about inch beginning of seam. Turn the reverse stitch ,control clockwise and stitch in reverse until needle reaches beginning of seam. Release control and complete seam.
  • Page 26 ZIGZAG STITCHING SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial - _:etlt Stitch Width Control - 1 to 4 Stitch Length Control - Any Number Special Stitch Modifier - Red Dot Zigzag Presser Foot Zigzag Needle Plate This type of stitching greatly expands the use of your machine.
  • Page 27 STRETCH STITCHING The stitches shown below are all for use with stretch and knit tabrics. These are special stitches built in to the machine for your quick (:5(2)@@@@ selection. 1. Straight Stretch 2. Rick- Rack Stretch 3. Smocking Stretch 4. Elastic Stretch 5.
  • Page 28 RICK-RACK STRETCH STITCHING SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial - _e_i Stitch Width Control - 1 to 4 Stitch Length Control - 6 Special Stitch Modifier- Red Dot Zigzag Presser Foot Zigzag Needle Plate on stretch fabrics in any area that you might use a zig zag stitch. This stitch can'be used as a decorative top stitch as well.
  • Page 29 OVERCAST STRETCH STITCHING SETTINGS Special _itch Dial. "_ Stitch Width Control - 4 Stitch Length Control - 6 Special Stitch Modifier - White Dot Zigzag Presser Foot Zigzag Needle Plate This is the same type of,stitch used by the garment industry in making sports- -wear.
  • Page 30 SERGING OR PINE LEAF STRETCH STITCHING SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial- J=l_ Stitch Width Control- 4 Stitch Length Control- Special Stitch Modifier - White Dot Zigzag Presser Foot Zigzag Needle Plate The serging or pine leaf stretch stitch is equally useful with woven and knitted fabrics.
  • Page 31 After the basic construction of your garment is finished, there are still many finishing touches to be done. To aid your completion of your garment, the Kenmore has been designed to do the following tasks that formerly had to be done by hand.
  • Page 32 " _Jln'l'l' I' _!ll Turn the control to "R" back to the beginning of the button- hole. The speed with which control is turned determines number of stitches at the end of the buttonhole. The slower the control is turned while sewing, stitches formed.
  • Page 33 BUTTONHOLE MAKING (Model 1947) SETTINGS Step 1. Special Stitch Modifier- Red Dot Step 2. Special Stitch Dial- Stitch Width Control- 4 9titch Length Control- Red Zone Zigzag Presser Foot Zigzag Needle Plate Carefully mark the buttonhole length on your garment. Mount the button- hole guide onto the presser foot so that rear edge of presser foot is at...
  • Page 34 special stitch dial at !:::i and bartack several times at the marked beginning of the buttonhole. sewing at left stitch. needle to its highest position by turning handwheel toward manually. Set special stitch dial at ,n. Stitch forward until you approach the front marking of the buttonhole.
  • Page 35 Step 4 If the forward stitching does not exactly match the reverse stitching, slightly adjust the btitch length control during forward sewing. Always make a practice buttonhole on a scrap of fabric you plan to use. Try the buttonholewith the button you will use. Always use an Interfacing in area of garment where buttonholes are placed.
  • Page 36 BUTTONHOLE MAKING (Model 1660, 1357) SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial - _ elll Stitch Width Control - 1 to 1 Stitch Length Control - 0 • Special Stitch Modifier - Red Dot Feed Dogs- Down Buttonhole Foot Zigzag Needle Plate Turn hand wheel so needle is down.
  • Page 37 Inside of Finished Edge Right Side of Finished Hem BLIND HEMMING' SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial- "_ Stitch Width Control - 2 to 3 Stitch Length Control - 12 to 8 Special Stitch Modifier- Red Dot Zigzag foot or edgestitcher if available Zigzag Needle Plate Finish edge of hem anyway desire, Turn up hem appropriate...
  • Page 38 SATIN STITCHING SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial - _o=== Stitch Width Control - 1 to 4 Stitch Length Control - Red Zone Special Stitch Modifier - Red Dot Satin Stitch Foot Zigzag Needle Plate Closely spaced zigzag stitches are called satin stitches. This is an attractive stitch used for appliqueing, monogramming, Whenever you are using this stitch, it is well to remember...
  • Page 39 ZIPPER APPLICATION SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial - CeIiI Stitch Width Control - Red Dot Stitch Length Contro[- Special Stitch Modifier- Red Dot Zipper Foot Straight Stitch Needle Plate REGULAR ZIPPER The foot is adjustable for use on the right or left side of the needle when sewing the regular type of zipper.
  • Page 40 MENDING SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial - :_i_ Stitch Width Control - 4 Stitch Length Control - Red Zone Special Stitch Modifier - Red Dot Zigzag Presser Foot Zigzag Needle Plate To repair a straight or three-cornered tear, position the tear under the needle in such a way that the stitching catches both sides of the tear.
  • Page 41 BUTTON SEWING' SETTINGS Special Stitch Dial - _o:l: Feed Dogs. Down Zigzag Presser Foot Zigzag Needle Plate 1. Align two holes of button with slot of presser foot and lower foot to hold the button securely. 2, Turn hand wheel manually needle point is just above button.
  • Page 42 FREE-ARM SEWING This sewing machine can be used like a flat bed machine, but easily converts to free arm machine by removing base. free enables tubular types pieces more Just slip sleeve or pants free as shown above, You will find many uses for this free arm feature such as"...
  • Page 43 Check, g Performance :_i; i 'PROBEEM_;::_ PROBABL E:::CAUSE Incormctisize ne_dl_:: :::- +:::: improper::thmading_;i-::: ::::::i: ::__: :-:: :=::_: ,Rethmad machine. Loose:upper thread.-ten=ion: i_,=_i ... |.igh,p,_ure: o_p:_,: foot..' :::-:-Stitches Loose pmsser foot. :._::: Unevenly _ ound:bobbin. Nicks or burrs on :. s huttle. Nicks or burrs at:hole of needle plate.
  • Page 44 PROBABLE ":: :; "::__'_ .iIncorrect size needle. _:,Certainknits :and synthetics. Sen, o, ; Stitch_:i;i_;:; :!.:!ii;:i!ii::!i!!i;; "_::._ Incorrect setting :of ;_le) ;):.:: : Tightupperilhread.tenslon.. '!:i: :..::Light/prate: oii _::p_eimer:foot. plate. m,,_b;,_,+.m^h_,,:_i_:;_.:i..:._ . 4mproper bobbin, case:_ding;.. .:w__::._i _.:::: :". Tight:b°bbinithreadi:te_on_:::::i. : :: ::: :•. : Loosen:bobbin thread tene_n,: _,: :i::i:i:._:;!:!, :_:..._:_;•_+.
  • Page 45 CARING FOR THE MACHINE ShU_ Shuttle Race Cover i:il- pointed._.,. hook " Shuttle Shuttle Race ... _ ... CLEANING AND OILING Fig, 1 Cleaning the feed dogs with a brush. To insure the best possible operation of your-machine, keep the essential parts clean at all times.
  • Page 46 OILING UNDER ARM COVER PLATE Remove arm cover plate to oil points indicated in top of machine head, To remove cover plate, insert a screw driver into the spacing between arm casting and top cover plate and lift the cover plate as illustrated below.
  • Page 47 OILING UNDERSIDE Tilt "machine head back and remove undi_rside of machine. (C), (E) as shown bottom cover to oil points remove bottom cover, remove below. in_dicated on screws (A), (B),...
  • Page 48 OILING UNDERSIDE Tilt machine head back to oil points indicated on underside of machine. OILING IN FACE COVER PLATE Swing hinged face cover plate open and oil points indicated illustration.
  • Page 49 PARTS LIST...
  • Page 50 PARTS LIST All parts listed herein may be ordered from any Sears, Simpsons-Sears Limited 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, Ref.
  • Page 51 Simpsons-Sears Limited Stores. 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. See Section 1, page 3 for location. WHEN ORDERING REPAIR...

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