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Kenmore 385.18221 auto bobbin shut off does not work how to fix? where to get repair manual?

Wife's machine sews well, but bobbin winder shut off does not work. how to fix?

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    Sew Happy Jan 14, 2016

    It sounds like your stop post is too far from the bobbin winder. Next to the bobbin winder is a post with a screw on top. Loosen the screw; slightly move the post toward the bobbin winder; and tighten. You may have to re-adjust.

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Hi Freysauto,

You can obtain the Owners Manual here: Instruction Manual Kenmore 385 18221 Models

'Manage My Life' reports "There is no service manual offered for your model sewing machine. Some of the older sewing machines didn't have an owner's manual and service manuals were offered for them. There is an owners manual for your sewing machine, but no service manual." Can download service manual for Kenmore sewing machine 385 18221...

Good luck.

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