I have had a Kenmore 16221 for about a month now. While I am a beginner sewer, I did learn the basics on my Mom’s old Singer when I was a kid. Anyway, my new Kenmore is completely locked up and I can’t figure out where the jam is. I was sewing spandex with polyester thread, 9/80 ball-point needle, and I had meant to adjust the pressure to 1, but found out after the jam the dial was on 0. I was sewing a small zigzag seem through 2 layers of spandex.
I have taken the the needle out, the bobbin out, the plate off and cleaned everything, even taken the bottom off and don’t see anything abnormal. Yet, I can’t turn the clutch at all and the needle holder is stuck midway up in the uptake position.
First, can anyone tell me what I can check before I make a trip to Sears for a service call. Second, did I jam the machine by using the combination of needle, thread, settings, and fabric I used? I seem to snap a lot of thread and I can’t figure out if it’s my inexperience with the fabrics I’m using or if this machine is not as great as I thought it was.