How To Set Up Sewing Machine Kenmore

Sewing machines have been around for centuries and have made life easier and more enjoyable ever since they were first invented. In recent years advancements in sewing machines have led to more automated home-use machines that are more efficient and require less effort from the user. One such machine is the Kenmore sewing machine, which is a user-friendly machine that is ideal for beginner and experienced sewers alike. In this article, we will discuss how to set up the Kenmore sewing machine for the first time so that you can start sewing with ease.

Assemble the Machine

Before you begin to get your Kenmore sewing machine set up, you will need to assemble the attachments and components that come with your sewing machine. This includes the power cord, bobbin, presser foot, feed dog, needle, needle plate, and thread stand. Some machines come with an instruction manual that will tell you how to assemble the machine and how to attach the various pieces. If your machine does not come with an instruction manual it can be found online.

Set up the Machine

Once you have assembled the machine you will need to make sure that it is properly set up for use. Start by placing the machine on a sturdy and even surface; preferably a table that is at waist level. If you do not have a table that is at the correct height, you can use a stool or chair to help adjust the height. Position the machine so that it is facing away from you, with the power cord coming out of the back. Now plug in the power cord and switch the machine to the ‘on’ position.

Install the Bobbin

Once the machine is switched on, it is time to install the bobbin. The bobbin is the spool of thread that sits underneath the needle of the sewing machine. To install the bobbin, follow the instructions that come with your machine. Generally there should be a hinged section on the top of the machine that opens up and provides access to the bobbin seating area. Place the bobbin into the designated area and then thread it through the guides and tensioner wheel until it is secure.

Thread the Needle

Now the bobbin is installed it is time to thread the needle. Start by winding the thread from the spool onto the bobbin winder. Once it is secure, pull the thread through the tension discs, the eye of the needle passed the needle housing, and into the tension disc again. You can adjust the tension of the thread by turning the tension knob and following the instructions in your manual. Once it is threaded correctly, you can lock the thread and check the tension by pulling on the thread.

Attach the Presser Foot

A presser foot is an attachment that holds the fabric in place while you are sewing. It screws on, so unscrew the screw that holds the presser foot tight, and then attach the specified presser foot to the sewing machine. Make sure the presser foot is attached securely and tight so that it doesn’t move when you begin to sew.

Adjust Settings

Once the machine is set up and ready to use, you will need to adjust the stitch type and stitch length settings to get the desired results. To do this refer to the user manual that comes with your machine. Some settings may vary depending on the type of fabric, thread and pattern that you are using. Once you have chosen your settings, it is a good idea to test them out on a small piece of fabric before committing to the project.

Get Sewing

Now your Kenmore sewing machine is all set up and ready to use. Before you begin a project, it is important to make sure that all the pieces are correctly in place and that the thread is correctly tensioned. Sewing machines can be tricky to set up, but once you know what to do they can be a useful tool that can help you create beautiful projects. So, get creative and start sewing!


Sometimes, when using a sewing machine it can be frustrating if something doesn’t seem to be working properly. If this happens, it’s important to remember to take a deep breath and try to troubleshoot the issue step-by-step. Check the thread tension and make sure the thread is running in the correct order. Make sure the machine is threaded properly and that the needle size is appropriate for the fabric and thread you are using. If you cannot identify the issue, it may be time to call a technician to service the machine.

Safety Tips

When using a sewing machine it’s important to keep safety in mind. Make sure to keep your hands away from the needle and never leave the machine running unattended. Tie back long hair and remove any jewelry that could get caught in the machine. If you are using a sharp needle always use a thimble to protect your finger when pushing the needle through the fabric. Lastly, make sure to never leave the power cord close to heat sources and to unplug the machine when not in use.

Cleaning and Maintenance

To keep the sewing machine in good condition it’s important to clean and maintain it regularly. Start by brushing away lint and thread with a soft brush. Then, use a damp cloth to wipe away any oils or dirt from the exterior and interior parts. If the bobbin case or other parts need to be cleaned, refer to the user manual for instructions. It’s also important to regularly oil the machine as this helps keep the gears and moving parts operating smoothly. Follow the instructions included with your machine and make sure to use the correct type of oil that is recommended.

Storage and Transport

When it comes to storing your sewing machine it’s important to take into account the environment that it is stored in. Make sure to keep the machine away from sunlight, moisture, and dust. If you need to transport your machine it is best to use the original case that it came with or a protective bag to avoid any damage. Keeping the machine well-protected both when in storage and in transportation will ensure that it maintain it’s performance and longevity.


Setting up the Kenmore sewing machine for the first time can seem like a daunting task, however with these steps you have all the information you need to help get your machine up and running. Remember to always refer to the user manual when in doubt to ensure that the machine is functioning correctly and safely. With the correct setup, maintenance and care your Kenmore sewing machine will last for many years and help you create beautiful projects.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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