How to Thread a Kenmore Sewing Machine

Have you faced a situation where the needle thread breaks in the middle of a project? Or the stitch comes at variable density, thus providing an uneven appearance? These are a few of the common threading problems. These problems arise because of the wrongful threading of the sewing machine. In this article, we will explain how you can thread a Kenmore sewing machine. 

How to Thread a Kenmore Sewing Machine

Whichever sewing machine you are using, threading should be done with utmost precision. Here are the various steps involved in threading a sewing machine. 

  1. Winding the thread on the bobbin
  2. Threading the bobbin case
  3. Threading the top thread
  4. Picking the thread and positioning it. 

By carefully undertaking each of these steps, you can successfully thread the sewing machine.

Steps to Thread a Kenmore Sewing Machine

Kenmore sewing machines are available in different models. There can be small differences between the threading process of different models. But more or less, all models under this brand follow the below pattern. 

  • Winding the thread on the bobbin

On the right side of your Kenmore sewing machine, you will find a clutch knob. Turn this knob anti-clockwise to release it. For most models, you will have to hold the outer part (handwheel) of the knob with one hand and turn the inner part (clutch knob) with the other hand. 

Next, you need to place the thread on the spool pin. The thread should be placed in the middle of the spool pin and it should wind in an anti-clockwise direction. The spool pin will be located either vertically or horizontally, depending on the model of the machine. Some models will have spool pin located on the base of the machine. 

Now pool the thread from the pin and wrap it through the small tension disc located on the front of the machine. While wrapping, you should insert the thread through the right side, wrap all over the left, and bring it out through the lower right side. You should never wrap the disc in a complete rotation. This will interfere with the smooth flow of the thread while stitching. 

Take out the bobbin from the top right of the machine and pull the thread’s end through one of the holes. Place the bobbin back on the bobbin winder shaft. But you should make sure that the hole appears on the top, and not the bottom. Once done, push the bobbin along with the shaft towards the right till you hear a click sound. 

Now you can start winding the bobbin by turning the machine on. You should continue winding the bobbin till it stops on its own. Once the bobbin is fully wound, you should cut the thread. Now tighten the clutch by turning it in a clockwise direction. 

  • Threading the bobbin case

For threading the bobbin case, first, you should remove the extension table. The extension table is located on the bottom left of the machine. It can be removed by pulling to the left. Open the shuttle cover to expose the bobbin case. 

Raise the needle by turning the handwheel. You should raise the needle until it reaches the highest level. 

Now pull out the bobbin case from the shuttle by releasing the latch. Insert the already wound bobbin into the case. Once inserted, you should be able to pull the thread in a clockwise direction. The end of the thread should then be inserted into the slot located at the top of the case. 

Pull the latch and insert the bobbin case back into the shuttle. You should hear a click sound when the case is inserted correctly. 

Now the bottom threading is done.

  • Threading the top thread. 

First, turn the handwheel in an anti-clockwise direction to lift the take-up lever. This lever is located in the left front of the machine, above the needle. You should rotate the handwheel till the lever reaches the highest level. 

Raise the presser foot by lifting the lever. Pull the thread from the spool pin on the top right of the machine. Draw it through the thread guide on top of the machine and pull it down towards the front of the machine. 

The front part of the machine will have two paths for drawing the thread. One will be marked “A” (or a similar marking) and the other “B”. Pull the thread down through the “A” path and pull it back up through the “B” path.

The top left of the “B” path will have a tension spring. Once you pull the thread through the “B” path, bring it through the spring to secure it. Now bring the thread through the front of the machine and pass it through the thread guides near the needles. The thread guides ensure that you thread the machine through the correct path. Pass the thread through the front eye of the needle and pull through the back. 

If the eye of the needle is facing sideways, then pull the thread from left to right.  

  • Picking the bobbin thread

Hold the top thread with your hand and turn the handwheel in an anti-clockwise direction in one full circle. Once done, a small loop will come up from the bottom of the needle plate. Straighten this loop by tugging the upper thread and gently pull the thread from the shuttle. 

Now you have both top and bottom thread ready for stitching. Bring both the threads under the presser foot and pull it to the back of the machine. 

Now the threading process is done and you can start stitching.  

Common Threading Problems in Kenmore Sewing Machine

Whichever brand of sewing machine you use, you are likely to encounter threading problems. Here are some common threading problems and how you can solve it. 

  • Tangling of the thread

Sometimes while undertaking a sewing project you might notice that the thread gets tangled on the underside of the sewing machine. In most cases, you might attribute this problem to the faulty bobbin. 

Tangling of thread need not be caused by faulty bobbin alone. Sometimes, improper threading can also result in tangling. Thus, once you experience tangling of thread, you should start threading once again with the presser foot up. Keeping the presser foot down while threading can also result in tangling of thread. 

  • Jamming of machine

A sewing machine gets jammed when the fabric is stuck on the machine or the thread is jammed. In such a case, gently pull the fabric out and remove all the jammed thread. This includes removing the bobbin and pulling out all the jammed thread. Once done, you should rethread the machine once again before using it. 

  • Breaking of the thread

There are various reasons why the thread breaks. First, you should check whether the thread is getting hung on the thread spool. Sometimes a small cut on the spool intended to secure the end of the thread can cause cutting of the thread. You can solve this by changing the direction of the thread feed. 

Sometimes, low-quality thread or old thread can cause breaking of the thread. If the sewing machine needle is relatively new, it can also result in the breaking of the thread. 

If the thread breaks even after solving all the above problems, then the machine requires a thorough cleaning. Run your finger through the path of the thread, and check whether you can feel any dust. 

Proper threading is the base of all sewing machine work. Unless you thread the machine properly, you will not be able to sew with a flow and complete the project on time. It is best to check the instruction manual carefully before threading the sewing machine. Online tutorials also provide good guidance for threading.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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