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Kenmore 17920 Owner's Manual

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Machine identification ....................................
1 - 2
Setting your machine .....................................
3 - 4
Foot control,
Light/power
switch,
Electronic
needle control,
Maximum
speed control,
Parts list ......................................................
5 - 6
Spool pins and caps .........................................
7
to free-arm sewing ............................
7
the bobbin ..........................................
8
the bobbin case .................................
9
top thread ........................................
10
Picking up bobbin thread ...................................
11
Thread tension control ......................................
12
Reverse stitch lever ..............
14
Stitch modifier ................................................
14
Pressure regulator ..................
15
Seam guides, Presser foot lever ...........................
15
of needle .............................
16
:. 17
holder ........................
18
Quilting guide ...............................
19
Needle plates, Feed cover plate ...........................
20
Cleaning feed dogs and shuttle ............................
21
Oiling ......................................................
22 - 23
Changing light bulb ..........................................
23
.... 24-25
Machine setting chart...'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'_.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'_.'1_11
_26 28
Straight stitching ........................................
29 - 32
Fastening
a seam, Turning
asquare corner,
Removing
fabric,
Darning,
Temporary
sewing
by machine,
Zipper application
- cording,
Narrow
hemming,
Quilting
Zigzag stitching ..........................................
33 - 35
Overcasting,
Satin stitching,
Bar tacking,
Appliqueing,
Embroidery,
Monogramming,
Blind hemming ................................................
36
Stretch stitches ..........................................
37 - 39
Recommendation,
Adjusting
stitch balance,
Straight
stretch stitch,
Rick-rack
stretch,
Feather stretch,
Smocking
stretch,
Elastic
stretch,
Overcast stretch,
Paris point stretch
making .....................................
40 - 46

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   Summary of Contents for Kenmore 17920

  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE Machine identification ... Setting your machine ... Foot control, Light/power switch, needle control, Maximum speed control, Accessory Parts list ... Spool pins and caps ... Converting to free-arm sewing ... Winding the bobbin ... Threading the bobbin case ...
  • Page 2: Knowing Your Sewing Machine

    ---1. KNOWING YOUR SEWING MACHINE I IDENTIFICATION ®_ ® ® ®. Needle plate Feed dogs Bobbin window Presser foot Needle clamp screw Presser foot thumb screw Thread guide Check spring Face cover Top thread tension control Threading channel Slotted take-up...
  • Page 3 Electric cord receptacle Light/power switch Nomenclature plate Stitch modifier Hand wheel/push-pull clutch Telescoping spool Foldaway carrying handle Rear thread guide Swing-away spool Presser foot lever BACK VIEW Presser foot release lever Thread cutter Foot control Pedal lock knob Cord receptacle Foot pedal Foot control cord...
  • Page 4: Setting Your Machine

    Pedal lock knob SETTING UP YOUR Install your Kenmore Kenmore cabinet, on a sturdy flat surface. Your Kenmore sewing thoroughly oiled at the factory. wipe off the needle plate carefully before It is wise to practice so any surplus oil is absorbed.
  • Page 5: Accessory Box

    ELECTRONIC NEEDLE CONTROL ° Your machine is electronically to stop with the needle in the up position every time you remove pressure control. NEEDLE UP/DOWN SWITCH When you want to lower the needle, push the left switch and the needle will move to the down position with red light turned on.
  • Page 6: Parts List

    PARTS LIST (Use only genuine Kenmore PRESSER FEET Straight Stitch Standard Zigzag (No, 45171) (No. 44985} Zipper Foot Blind Hem Foot (No. 6759) (No. 6886) Plastic Satin Stitch Zipper Foot (No. 57978) (No. 59090) BUTTONHOLE ACCESSORIES Built-in Buttonhole Guide Built-in Buttonhole Guide Foot (No, 43840) Foot (No.
  • Page 7 OTHER VITAL ITEMS Zigzag Straight Stitch Feed Cover Needleplate Needleplate (No. 57860) (No. 57861) (No. 43166) Narrow Hemmer Edge Stitcher (No. 29396) (No. 29306) Bobbin Winder Rubber Ring (No. 1913) Bobbin Winder Light Bulb Tension Disc (No. 6797) (No. 39619) OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES Needle Size...
  • Page 8: Spool Pins And Caps

    SPOOL PINS AND CAPS Telescoping spool pin Nylon Swing the Primary Spool Pin into position the back of the machine as shown Place a spool of thread on the pin and place appropriate size spool thread. CONVERTING TO FREE-ARM This machine can be used either as a flatbed or as a freearm model.
  • Page 9: Winding The Bobbin

    WINDING THE BOBBIN ® Place thread on Telescoping Draw thread through Rear Thread Bobbin Winder Tension indicated. Pull end of thread through bobbin; place bobbin on Bobbin Shaft with end of thread coming from top of bobbin as shown above. Pull out to disengage Push in...
  • Page 10: Threading The Bobbin Case

    THREADING THE BOBBIN ® Remove accessory box. Remove bobbin cover plate the front. Insert bobbin into bobbin sure bobbin rotates counter Pull thread through slot (A) and then the left. CASE ® ,_" Pull thread about 4 inches by lifting Replace bobbin thread...
  • Page 11: Threading Top Thread

    THREADING TOP THREAD Raise slotted take-up lever to its highest position. Place thread spool onto spool pin. Place appropriate spool cap over the spool of thread. Draw thread through rear thread (A) and into threading channel (B) toward you. (Fig. 1) Draw thread down...
  • Page 12: Picking Up Bobbin Thread

    ® ® PICKING UP BOBBIN THREAD Raise presser foot lever. Hold needle thread loosely push needle up/down times or rotate hand wheel one complete 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: Controls

    !CONTROLS THREAD TENSION CONTROL STRAIGHT STITCHING The good looking appearance is largely determined by the balanced tension of both top and bobbin threads. The tension is well balanced when these two threads middle of layers of fabric you are sewing. For most fabrics the top.thread tension (;ontrol should be set in the white zone between 3 and 5.
  • Page 14: Stitch Selector And Indicator, Stitch Width Control

    Stitch indicato_ =.= NVV_ == ."v'v',,",;',, =.. W,_t,_= == f-y-_ .=. JJJJJ_LU __='3_. Hilt STITCH SELECTOR INDICATOR To select a stitch, be sure needle is out of fabric at its highest Stitch stitch selector in and out to release the selector mechanism.
  • Page 15: Stitch Length Control, Reverse Stitch Lever

    STITCH LENGTH CONTROL The stitch length control regulates the length of the stitch you select. THE HIGHER NUMBER-THE SHORTER Turn only the outer rim of this control to set the stitch length. The number on stitch length control indicates the approximate number of stitches per inch.
  • Page 16: Buttonhole Control, Pressure Regulator

    Cornering Guide SEAM GUIDES Seam guides are printed on needle plate, 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 Needles, Placement Of Needle

    Double Knits. Nylon Tricot, Jersey, Stretch Terry, Spandex. tire Tricot If you do not have a Kenmore use this illustration the right size.' Distance from top of needle to needlehole should be this exact length. will find "Q ,NEEDLE",. with...
  • Page 18: Needle, Thread And Fabric Chart, Presser Feet

    Flat side away from Foot ho Foot thumb sc rew CHANGING NEEDLE Raise needle bar to its highest turning the hand wheel the needle clamp screw. with the flat side away needle into the needle bar. When as it will go, tighten with small screwdriver...
  • Page 19: Even Feed Foot, Adjustable Holder

    EVEN FEED FOOT The even feed foot moves top and bottom material together evenly and enables sew hard-to-sew fabrics without slipping and with perfect matching. sewing leather, ultra suede (vinyls, patents and satin-',), bonded pile fabrics and matching stripes, patterns. It is not recommended stretch stitching.
  • Page 20: Edgestitcher, Quilting Guide

    EDGESTITCHER This one attachment helps edges ...insert lace ...do simplifies blind hemming seams. Slots numbered sewing guides: Slot 1 will guide fabric to be joined All you have to do is place the lace in slot 2. Slot 4 will guide piping being joined to fabric edges.
  • Page 21: Needle Plates, Feed Cover Plate

    NEEDLE PLATES You are provided with two needle plates: Needle plate with wide oval hole for zigzag stitches and striaght needle "C" (center) position. B. Needle plate with round hole for straight stitch with needle "'S" position. CHANGING NEEDLE PLATE 1.
  • Page 22: Caring For The Machine

    CARING FOR THE MACHINE Feed dogs Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Bobbin case stopper Fig. 2 Bobbin case Bobbin c,_sestopper CLEANING THE FEED DOGS WITH A BRUSH To insure the best possible machine, it is necessary parts clean at all times. Remove bobbin cover plate and needle plate.
  • Page 23 TOP COVER PLATE Remove top cover plate by loosening two top screws (A and B) as shown at left. place one or two drops of Kenmore machine oil at each point. OILING UNDERSIDE Tilt back machine and remove free-arm covers loosening (A, B, C and D).
  • Page 24: Changing Light Bulb

    .1111 OILING IN FACE COVER Swing face cover plate open indicated by arrows in illustration. OILING IN END COVER A drop of oil should be placed hole indicated in the end cover CHANGING LIGHT BULB sewing light is located cover plate as shown.
  • Page 25: Checking Performance Problems

    CHECKING PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS Your Kenmore sewing machine instrument, designed to give you many years of troublefree sewing - with minimum Stitches are irregular 1. Needle size is not correct fabric. - See page 16. Machine is not threaded page 10.
  • Page 26 Machine skips stitches 1. Needle size is not correct fabric. - See page 16. Fabric is certain knit or synthetic. "Q NEEDLE"r_and "O FOOT",_. 3. Needle is bent or blunt. - Replace needle. Needle is not all the way up into clamp.
  • Page 27: Starting To Sew

    ==2. STARTING TO SEW that you are familiar with the controls on your machine and with the accessories provided for the machine, you are ready to Check the needle-it should properly set and sharp It should be the correct size for the fabric and thread being used.
  • Page 28 W_o-r tt. t-i .€ z._: €-ori_ 2 [t,,, ,,, I__,_ II_i !¢.'/1_ I_ "r "-r c_ --- V-- m "1" v" °i < < I < I < < I < I--- "_ ¢t- !¢...
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  • Page 30: Straight Stitching

    electronic II IIII STRAIGHT STITCHING *!You may use zigzag, straight stitch foot or Q foot, ibut for best control of fabric, best looking straight jstitches and best feeding of fabric use Straight I iStitch Foot and Needle Plate. FASTENING A SEAM Be sure both threads...
  • Page 31 DARNING SETTINGS Stitch Length - 8 to 10 Pressure Regulator - 0 (DARN) Zigzag foot or square automatic foot Stretch fabric between embroidery with hole centered. Lower presser sew at a slow speed moving fabric forth with a steady rhythm to cover area.
  • Page 32 JliJli ZIPPER APPLICATION - CORDING Ome-sewn zippers can look as nice as those expensive ready-mades. We recommend follow directions given i_ackage. Your Zipper Foot will With any these installations. simple settings: your zipper foot is adjustable for use on right Qr left side of needle.
  • Page 33 NARROW HEMMING Attach the Narrow Hemmer to the adjustable holder. Make sure that edge of the fabric cut straight. Turn a tiny double hem (1/8 inch) along edge for about two inches. Place end of this hem under Narrow Hemmer. thread taut while stitching along inside edge of hem.
  • Page 34: Zigzag Stitching

    Satin stitch foot Illiiilll i ZIGZAG STITCHING OVERCASTING Stitch Selector- Stitch Length Stitch Width Use Overcast Foot. This is one zigzag stitches may want edge of each seam allowance edge toward the garment Stitch so the needle short of the outside of older garments further raveling.
  • Page 35 APPLIQUEING Settings same as Satin Stitching Select an applique design your garment baste it in place. stitch around the raw edge of the applique completely covering the edge. You may want to do this with a contrasting EMBROIDERY Settings same as Satin Stitching Satin stitch...
  • Page 36: Button Sewing

    LEFT HOLE STRAIGHT BUTTON SEAMLINE BUTTON BUTTON SEWING SIitch Selector- SIitch Width - Adjust USe Feed Cover Plate and Clear Plastic Satin Stitch Foot. Position the button tape. Center the left hole straight seamline needle slot of foot and lower the button securely.
  • Page 37: Blind Hemming

    Because Kenmore has two types of blindstitches blind hemming easier expect. It's just a matter of folding a try! PROCEDURE Stitch...
  • Page 38: Stretch Stitches

    Rick-Rack Stretch Smocking ® RECOMMENDATION 1. It is recommended you use the Q set for sewing knit and woven synthetic It may be necessary to use an interfacing or backing when Sewing very thin knits or woveni synthetic lliil STRETCH STITCHES SIretch stitches,...
  • Page 39 RICK- RACK STRETCH Stitch Selector- Stitch Length YellowZone Stitch Width- YellowZOne Sew on stretch fabrics in! any area that you rwight use a zig zag stitch.; This stitch can be used as a decorative top stitch as well. It is useful also on lapped or abutted where lap one...
  • Page 40 :LASTIC STRETCH STITCH I titch Selector- titch Length - Yellow Zone ! titchWidth- i, se this versatile stitch to insert elastic 3rments. Simply stitch elastic r_taking sure it is evenly spaced. r_tark the correct length piece into quarters, l_ len match these markings with center front a _d side seams.
  • Page 41 BuI"rONHOLE MAKING SYSTEM 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 graduation (C), with thread to rear. (Reproduction identical size buttonholesi is facilitated...
  • Page 42: Buttonhole Making

    BUTTONHOLE l^l s^+' IAl IA Template knob Ii111 II MAKING-USING plate TONHOLE ATTACHMENT IEGULAR WORKED BUTTONHOLE STRAIGHT, KEYHOLE .ET) PROCEDURE titch Selector- /VVVV_ titch Width 1 - 1½ gzag Needle Plate _ed Cover Plate uttonhole Foot Raise needle to its highest position raise presser foot.
  • Page 43 Slip guide plate onto machine so it fits in place with pinion gear in the center of arc hole of template. Be isure guide block is inserted in guide slot. Pick up bobbin thread through guide plate turning hand Wheel. Place between presser...
  • Page 44 STEP 1 STEP 2 More density Stitch density control knob URL-EDGE BUTTONHOLE o add a professional touch to your will want make purledged These are obtained by sewing ,= over a narrow stitched h oose correct size for your template into =rning to the narrower of the sizes.
  • Page 45 p=-- BOUND BUTTONHOLE A template been provided may sew perfectly sized rectangles each time make a bound buttonhole. the directions given below. SETTING Stitch Width - 0 or Stitch Selector Pressure Regulator - 1 or 2 Other settings same as regular buttonhole Space buttonholes...
  • Page 46 t ... FACING SIDE Slash Opening in Facing FACING SIDE Hem to Buttonhole RIGHT SIDE Complete Bound Buttonhole IIII II ::#r- Fold patch Press and baste lips together. Fig. 5 51. Stitch across patch. (Fig. 6) Fig. 6 After buttonhole facing of garment slash opening...
  • Page 47 DECORATIVE EMBROIDERY DESIGNS look feel embroidery infinitely faster and easier by your machine. Just choose which of the designs to sew alone or in combination other. TIPS ON DESIGN STITCHING Always make a practice design of the fabric you plan to use. Start with a full...
  • Page 48 SEWING MACHINE Now that you have purchased need ever exist for repair parts Sears Service Center Simpsons-Sears Limited Stores. facts when you call or visit. model number of your your nomenclature plate on the froii_I side of bedplate Sewing Machine. See Section WHEN ORDERING...

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