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Topic: Kenmore Mini Ultra--Problem?  (Read 24099 times)
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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2007 06:21:59 AM »

In response to the denim question- I made a bunch of denim tote bags on my mini ultra- no problem.  However, it couldn't handle the super strong thread for denim they suggested at my fabric store.  I used a lighter weight thread and didn't have any huge problems.  You should definately get a heavy duty denim needle though.  And for all of you wondering if you should have bought a larger machine, no way.  This little machine has been easy for me to store in my tiny city apartments and works really well for it's size. 

On a different note- I was having some problems with my thread catching, so I decided to do a tune up on my machine myself.  Perhaps this wasn't the greatest idea, since the problems have gotten worse. Does anyone know how much a machine tune up usually costs?
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2007 04:41:57 PM »

Ah! I'm glad to know that afer all my hair pulling downstairs, I'm not alone.  I got the Ultra Mini for xmas last year and just pulled it out today to start working with it.  The bobbin thread suddenly started massively tangling--with no warning! I tried to rethread it several times, tried different fabrics, but same result.  This is common?


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« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2007 09:42:28 AM »

I have one, too, and love it! I've noticed the bobbin is touchy, but I haven't purchased any particular kind -- I have noticed I have less problems with my old metal bobbins from my last machine than I do with the lighter plastic ones, if that helps anyone!

I have yet to try it on heavy fabric, and I'm happy to hear that people find it works OK. I've been wanting to work on Amy Butler's Weekender Bag, but I know in some places you've got to sew through 6 layers!  Shocked

So happy to hear of everyone's love for this little machine. I got mine (the blue one) at Sears, too, for a total steal!
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2007 03:17:08 PM »

Hi There!

I have this little machine and love it! My recent problem has been with the bobbins as well. I called Kenmore and they advised me to be certain that I was using "class 15" bobbins. I think some bobbins are taller than others. So I'll be going back to the fabric store to check out the bobbin situation.

What a cool little machine though. Small, light, blue (pretty!) and has paid for itself about 6 times for me so far!

But I guess the bobbin thing is a little annoying to everyone.
« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2007 11:51:21 AM »

Your machine might be knotting up because the tension isn't right for the fabric your using. I find that I have to keep the tension setting comparatively light to my singer.

I use these generic metal bobbins I got at Joanne's, and the do seem to glide a little bit better.
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