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DIANE MORRISON

My kenmore serger model 385.16655100 is skipping stitches

"My kenmore serger model 385.16655100 is skipping stitches. The thread does not break. I have tried rethreading the machine, changine the needles, cleaning and oiling and still not fixed. I did notice that one of the fingers on the plate is broken. Would this be causing my problem? Thanks"

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October 25th, 2012
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Sam A
Thank you for your question on the skipping stitches on the serger.

Serger overlock sewing is very fussy about how the tensions are set and how the upper and lower looper is timed and interacts with the fingers on the needle plate.

If I understand you correctly the plate you are referring to is the needle plate?

Any broken part on this machine can cause it to not make the overlock stitch.

Please look at the needle plate below to see if this plate looks like yours.

If one of the fingers is broken, it will not form the overlock stitch around it correctly. `

Needle plate for model 385.126655100

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Please let me know what you discover and we can continue to troubleshoot if you are referring to a different part.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 29,003 community points in Kenmore
October 26th, 2012
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DIANE MORRISON
Yes, that is the plate that has a broken finger.

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by DIANE MORRISON Earned 23 community points in Kenmore
October 26th, 2012
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DIANE MORRISON
Well, I got the part. It is working better, but still not right. I think its the tension, but don't know exactly how to correct it. It will serge fine for 1-2" then it will skip a stitch or a few stitches then work for a bit. The top threads are sewing the whole time. Any ideas of what to do? My manual is not helping me with trying to find the problem and fix it. I have tried rethreading the machine and that hasn't helped either. THanks
by DIANE MORRISON Earned 23 community points in Kenmore
November 6th, 2012
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Sam A
Thank you for the update on the serger. I am glad that it is at least working somewhat.

I would check the timing of the upper and lower loopers that may have slipped. You will not have the timing tools that are required to check this.

If you have set all the tensions and the threading correctly then I would think that the problem is under the needle plate. Please remove the needle plate and check the gap for the guides that the needles go into under the needle plate to make sure they are close to the needles by not touching. If you cannot get it to sew propely you may have to take it in for repair.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 29,003 community points in Kenmore
November 6th, 2012
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