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Repairing a Singer Sewing Machine

Singer Sewing Machine

Some problems that you may experience with your sewing machine can be repaired or adjusted at home, others will need to be looked at by a repair person. This is a guide about repairing a Singer sewing machine.



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Question: Bobbin Case in Singer Machine Stuck

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So I was sewing and the thread got bunched up, the bobbin case or basket had moved. I don't know what to do, I'm super new to sewing and I'm not sure what I'm doing.
It looks like the basket has tuned just a bit and the whole machine is stuck. I tried to remove the basket, but it won't budge and I don't want to forced anything.

    By Katprince [1]

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    By Louise B. 6 2,526 10/31/2015

    I agree with Frugal Sunnie. It is likely a piece of thread stuck in there. I don't suppose you have a friend who is an experienced sewer who could look at your machine for you? I guess not, or you would have asked her instead of asking for hints online!! If you did, I would have her check it out if you didn't find the thread yourself, before you take it in to get fixed.

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    Question: Vintage Singer 99k Not Using Bobbin Thread

    I'm new here and hoping for some help or guidance. I have just bought a Singer 99k. I think it's a Simanco 33663. I've given the machine a good cleaning and oil, I'm happy with how it's cleaned up, all seems well apart from something that should be happening with the bobbin thread.

    When I attempt to sew, the top thread does just what it should in respect that it goes around the bobbin case and pulls up the bobbin thread. So far so good. :o)
    But then when I attempt a few stitches all I get is the top cotton in place, (these stitches pop out because they are not anchored.) There's no sign of the bobbin thread :o( I've read some trouble shooting threads and used a new needle and adjusted the bobbin tension.

    I don't know much about these machines yet and was wondering if it's a timing issue, but given that the top thread collects bobbin thread everytime, I thought maybe timing is OK? I've looked underneath the machine and can see where the metal part catches the top thread and takes it round to the bobbin, but I can't work out which bit might involve connecting the bobbin thread! I thought a vintage machine would be easy to maintain on my own!

    Any advice would be very much appriciated.
    Many thanks in advance :o)

      By Ruby Tuesday [1]

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      By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 10/16/2015

      You can take the machine to a repair tech - it's the bobbin gear (or the rubber 'belt') and needs to be changed and the repair tech will have access to the part - probably has a tub full of them:) This applies to 99Ks that are hand crank or electrified - the workings are the same on both types. I do a lot of refurb and repair on these here in Scotland for my Sewing 101 students.

      There is a free download available online for servicing the hand-cranks (99K) and treadles (usually the 66K) if you're feeling adventurous, and spare parts can be purchased once you know the name of the part you need. The first link is for the service manual - be prepared it takes some time to download all of the sections but it's well worth the time! The Tools For Self Reliance charity group refurbishes non-electric vintage machines and then donates the machines to be used by sewing business entrepreneurs - you will be able to download without having to pay, join, or pledge a machine donation but if you are interested, all the info you need is there as well. The manual at the link below is aimed at Singer vintage non-electrics and you will find it fascinating and easy to follow: ... l_information/sewing_machine_manual/

      This link takes you to a parts supplier - he carries an amazing selection of spares for vintage Singers and is very reasonably priced:

      Word of warning - these vintage treasures are addictive!

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      Question: Repairing Zig Zag Stitch on Singer Machine

      Does any one out there know how to time the zig zag motion on a Singer Creative Touch model 1030 and 1036 or have an instruction manual they could help me out with? Thank you.

        By Gladstone T. [1]

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        By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 09/05/2015

        The Singer consumer site is good for finding a qualified repair tech, having a look at new models, and free or low-cost user guide manual downloads and hard copy. They won't be of any use to you if you're hoping to do a home fix on your timing issue.

        Try this site for vintage Singer repair how-to info - he's very knowledgeable, offers a lot of free downloads, and also is willing to answer emailed questions. He also sells parts and service manuals - be forewarned that a Singer service manual can run into the three digit cost category.

        To be perfectly frank, re-timing a vintage sewing machine isn't easy and requires some specialised knowledge and tools. It may be quicker and more cost-effective for you to take the machine to a qualified repair tech.

        I am self-taught and do some vintage (mostly Singer) repair here in Scotland for my Sewing 101 students and as I don't have the specific service manual for that model (it's not one we see here in Scotland), would tell my student to take her machine to a factory trained tech for best results.

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        Question: Presser Foot on Singer 1301 Loose

        inside of machine

        I was trying to change the presser foot and somehow held the up/down lever in the back too high and it came out of place and wouldn't lift the foot at all. So I opened it up and fixed the part that lifts and lowers the foot. When I go to sew, with the presser foot down, my fabric is sliding all over the place. The foot is not grabbing onto nor guiding the fabric along. Now I can easily lift and lower the foot inside its coil, without the lever. And it moves around. It's as if something is missing. Can you help?

          By Zenaida [1]

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          By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 08/24/2015

          In the photo you've posted it looks as though the feed dogs on the throat plate have dropped - if that has happened, you need to raise the feed dogs - problem should be solved. See page 42 of your user manual for directions to raise/lower the feed dogs, or download this free copy of the manual from Singer's website:

 ... 75cdb66ad76b994456401d50e84af7df.pdf

          Also see page 74 for troubleshooting if the feed dogs are in the correct position for sewing.

          Otherwise, like the previous poster, I think you will need to take your machine to a qualified repair tech. It looks to me as though there is a bit missing just above the spring section of your presser foot and needle shaft - but I'm not familiar with that particular model, and not all models have a piece (very, very small) where I'm thinking I'm seeing something missing.

          Go back in with a mini-torch and look around the interior of the machine particularly the area directly below the shaft to see if you can find loose bits. If you can't then you should assume your machine doesn't feature a part there and now you should take the machine to a tech because something else is wrong in there. Only a tech with tools and access/experience with your Singer model will be able to work out what's wrong at this point.

          I'm self taught and do own a Singer service manual but not for that model.

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          Question: Unable to Change Stitch Length on Sewing Machine

          I'm a newbie at sewing and I'm having a problem with my sewing machine. It is a Singer 6215c. It worked great before until last week. It sews, but is somehow stuck on the shortest stitch length. The knob moves, but the machine would only sew with shortest length even with the knob pointed on the longest stitch length.

          I have checked the tension, rethreaded several times, checked bobbin, and dusted the areas accessible, but the problem still persists. Thank you.

            By Irish Joy R. [1]

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            By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 06/11/2015

            First: check your user guide manual to be sure you have ALL of the settings correct. Here's a link to a free download from the Singer website (USA) for the Singer 6215, pay especial attention to page 14 and the troubleshooting page 41:


            Your machine was built in the early 1980s making it a definite 'vintage' machine with most of the gears made with silicone, rubber, and plastics for the gear 'teeth'. Over time these materials wear down, crumble, and snap off, and it sounds to me as though that is the problem with your vintage Singer.

            The previous poster is right - you need to take this to someone with experience and training (a professional or a 'self-taught' repair tech with a sterling reputation). Not only is this a tricky repair, it requires specialised tools and access to parts.

            Not all vintage sewing machine parts are 'new-milled', too, and with a vintage machine it's common for a repair tech to have to use 'salvage parts' with unknown sewing hours and conditions - the part may look fab but has been stressed by sewing conditions (too fast seaming, lack of regular maintenance, dusty sewing area, more) - with a salvage part no repair tech worth his or her salt can make a prediction as to the longevity of that part.

            Be sure to ask your tech if he/she is using salvage parts on your repair, and make sure he/she does a servicing on it whilst in their workshop - cleaning, oiling, and checking for potential problems. With vintage machines, an annual servicing is the only way to ensure sewing hours reliability.

            Once parts begin to break down on a machine it becomes a money pit even if new-milled parts are available, btw. Consider replacing your vintage with a comparable new machine under warranty. A good repair tech will fall in love with your vintage machine but will also tell you about the money pit factor and will recommend a new under warranty machine.

            I live in Scotland after 50+years in the US; I teach sewing and do limited vintage machine repairs. When one of my students brings me a vintage machine that has sadly become a money pit I usually recommend the 3321 with the 4-step buttonholer or 3323 with the one-step buttonholer Talent line as these are fairly user-friendly with good features that aren't quickly outgrown, are comparable to your vintage 6215, and reasonably priced. The Confidence line is a step-up but doesn't have the same reliability reputation as the Talent line.

            Do your research and whatever you do, be sure to choose a machine with a top drop-in bobbin for ease of use and virtually jam-proof sewing.

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            Question: Locking Hand Wheel on Singer Machine

            How do I get the handwheel to lock on my Singer sewing machine?

              By MrgrtHmpt [1]

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              By Catherine 7 119 06/15/2015

              Hello! Usually the hand wheel is locked and unlocked by moving its central part. The central part acts like a knob and locks and unlocks the hand wheel when moved from back to front. With some models you may have to first pull the knob to be able to move it and with a new model of sewing machine the hand wheel can't be locked because the hand wheel is not used anymore to wind a bobbin.

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              Question: Repairing a Singer Sewing Machine

              I have a Singer Esteem II and it was sewing fine and then slowed way down as if in slow motion, then stopped. I was able to lift the foot and at that point the needle was up, so I got my project out. But the hand crank was almost impossible to move. I did get it to move a bit, but now the needle is down into the needle plate and will not move at all now. I have re-threaded the bobbin and checked the bobbin area for lint. I have checked the parts of the machine I can get to, to see if lint is the problem.

              I took it to a service guy, who said he didn't see anything that looked wrong, and was confident he could oil and clean it and it would be fine, for a mere $90! Well I am a mom of 4, and only paid a $100 for the machine new. He said I should consider buying one of his machines and proceeded into his pitch.

              Please, I need this thing to work. I have tried to Google Singer Esteem II hand crank froze, but I am not finding anything. I am hoping some of you crafty, intelligent sewers will have advice for this very frustrated mom.

                By sadandneedhelp [1]

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                By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 05/15/2015

                After 50 years in the US, I now live in Scotland where I teach total newbies sewing - they frequently bring me vintage machines like yours for refurb-repair. It sounds to me as though you had a very unfortunate experience with a repair tech who should have known immediately the problem is a worn-broken bobbin gear. He acted unethically by not telling you that and instead saying he couldn't find a problem but for $90USD would clean and oil your machine (usually costs around $35-50USD - however, the proper repair, parts and labour plus the servicing would cost you right at $100USD if you'd found an honest repair tech).

                Adding to the unethical bit is that he didn't explain to you why he and I and many other repair techs try to steer vintage machine owners to new under warranty machines - here's the reason.

                Vintage machines (and yours is) of any make are wonders, gracious beauties that clothed our grans, mums, and children from cradle to wedding, and made our homes more cosy and gracious (oh, the number of tablecloths and napkins I blind hemmed growing up!).

                But they were built (from about the mid-late 60s) with more and more and more plastic and silicone parts, and those parts DO dry out and break, dry out and crumble, and dry out and fail. Later rather than sooner those parts do fail even though those machines were built (usually) to last, and when those parts fail it's been harder and harder for repair techs to find 'new-milled' parts - we're stuck using 'salvage parts' with sketchy previous owner histories (meaning we've no real clue what conditions that part laboured under on the machine we/the parts seller salvaged them from). So we can't guarantee the longevity of those parts even if/when we can find them.

                A reputable repair tech would have explained this to you, and a reputable tech would have told you it's 99.9% surely the bobbin gear (because trust me, it usually is with the symptoms you describe). And then he/she (I'm a pushing-60yo woman:) would have tried...

                To steer you to a new modern under warranty machine for several years of trouble free sewing. Especially because your beautiful (and should be retired) vintage Singer has reached the point of becoming a money pit - once the bobbin gear goes, the machine goes on to have several other parts fail, usually within a year of the bobbin gear 'dying'.

                I'm so sorry you had the experience you did because it makes it harder for those of us who are more, em, caring towards our students/repair customers - we're so in love with sewing and our machines we'll go on for pages and hours explaining or trying to help sewers resolve a problem. If money is a factor we'll try to get you sewing by 'duct tape and bubble-gum' or find you a little newer vintage (read inexpensive but working) machine until you can afford a new modern.

                The guy you talked to just wanted to get the hours in for his paycheque or get your machine in his workshop to 'clean' (then tell you, 'Oops, it's dead, I'll give you $10 for it' so he could use it for salvage parts), or BONUS (for him): get you to buy one of the machines he's flogging. Not. Cool.

                I wish I could give you better news, but I hope at least I've helped you understand that even an ethical repair tech would have charged what seems a large sum - although that price should have included a 'new' bobbin gear, the labour to switch it out, and his/her version of what I'm saying in this reply - and encouraged you to buy a new modern instead of beginning the slide into MoneyPitVille.

                If you decide to avoid money pits and can swing the cost of a new modern with warranty, user guide, and good features you won't outgrow any time soon, I would recommend a top drop-in bobbin Singer (currently around $99-$150 depending on model and store you shop, and if you have the $150 or so I highly recommend the Talent 3323 (one-step buttonhole) or the slightly less expensive Talent 3321 (4-step buttonhole). Janome also make a couple models of 'basic' sewing machines at roughly the same cost.

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                Question: Top Thread Catching on Bobbin

                closeup of bobbinI just bought a new Singer Simple 3229 as my first sewing machine. The thread would jam in the bobbin area very frequently, making it virtually unusable (due to frustration and having to re-sew the area over and over). So, I opened my machine up to see what was happening. I followed the procedure to pull the bobbin thread up, and noticed that the top thread gets caught slightly on the front above the bobbin. Also, the same thread gets caught at the very end just before it would pull the bobbin thread up with it. Is there any way to fix this? I am getting pretty frustrated with it. bobbin

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                By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 01/15/2015

                May I just add that if you do go for a return-refund, and are looking for a good entry level Singer you won't outgrow too soon, the Talent 3321 is a good one to look at - lots of nice stitches, handles most fabrics well (two layers of medium weight denim but no more than that), and best of all - features the jam proof 'top drop-in' bobbin style. The user guide leaves a lot to be desired for beginners but the Simplicity or Singer sewing step-by-step books are really helpful for sewers of all levels.

                Also a good first machines are the simple Janome top drop-ins, again, the user guide is not the greatest.

                Don't give up. Sewing is beyond fab for creative outlets and money saving.

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                Question: Sewing Machine Jumping and Skipping Stitches

                I've some throuble with my vintage Singer sewing machine. It's became unstable, Sometimes it works OK, but other times it jumps and jumps. I hope you'll help me. What do I have to do?

                  By elizazahra [1]

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                  By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,661 11/21/2015

                  Assuming you've used your manual (and if you don't have the manual you can get a free download at the US Singer site) to be sure you're setting the machine correctly and using the right needle (and sometimes the right needle may still cause skipping because it is an old needle with a blunted tip, minuscule burrs too small to see with the naked eye, etc) and thread for the fabric and stitching you want to do...

                  Jumping (or skipping) is sometimes caused by a build up of lint and thread fluff in the tension discs. Most vintage Singers have the tension discs on the outside of the machine as part of a dial/knob. If yours are on the outside of the machine, try spritzing some 70-90% isopropyl alcohol on a strip of unwaxed dental floss then run the floss between the discs - yes, just as you would floss your teeth:).

                  You should see 'grime', lint, and fluff on the floss as you work it between the discs - repeat the spritz and flossing with fresh strips of floss until the floss comes back white and debris free.

                  Another cause of skipping can be a build up of the same sort of debris in the bobbin casing. You don't give the model of your vintage, so I don't know if your machine has the top drop-in bobbin system, or the front or side load system. Either or, using a torch (flashlight) to examine the area will usually show you if you've got an obstructing-skip causing build up. If you see any, use a small paintbrush (like the ones you get in a watercolours kit), - spritz with the isopropyl then dab the brush in the casing area. Narrow tweezers are another good tool for lint removal.

                  If those quick-fixes don't help it's time for a visit to a repair tech as the problem could be anything from a worn/broken/seized gear to an overall build up of debris and/or grime (oil attracts grime, lack of oil causes wear-breaking-seizing). There are so many reasons for skipping that again, if the quick fixes above don't help, only a tech will be able to resolve the problem.

                  Whatever you do - DO NOT use canned air! That will only force those tiny balls of fluff deeper into the machine.

                  Best luck, I hope this helps and your only problem is a great ball of fluff wanting cleaning out:)

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                  Question: Needle Not Moving on Singer Machine

                  I have a Singer heavy-duty sewing machine and the needle will not move up and down when I press on the foot speed control. I've changed the needle, rethreaded the machine, checked that the bobbin was inserted correctly and nothing. I can thread the bobbin, but after I'm done with the bobbin the machine will not sew almost like it's stuck in the bobbin threading position. Any suggestions?

                    By Ktina [1]

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                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 10/18/2015

                    Have you checked to be sure you've switched the machine from bobbin winding mode to sewing mode? Gone through all the other checks re machine settings?

                    If yes to all of the above, you need to take your machine to a qualified repair tech. I do vintage machine repair (mostly Singers) for my Sewing 101 students, and if you've checked the settings to no avail, it sounds to me as though your bobbin gear is gone. It could be a couple of other things, too, but only a qualified tech will be able to find the problem once the cover is off - he/she knows what to look for, what parts to use, and has the tools for the work - this is NOT a home repair.

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                    Question: Singer Sewing Machine Hand Wheel Stuck

                    My Singer sewing machine model #3116 hand wheel is stuck. It won't turn forward or backwards. Is there anything I can do to fix it? Please help!

                      By macrina frierson [1]

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                      By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 09/03/2015

                      The one and only thing to do is take your Singer to a qualified repair tech - it sounds to me as though the bobbin gear has failed but without seeing the machine I have to also say the problem could be one of several problems and none are a home-fix.

                      I do vintage Singer repair for my Sewing 101 students and the bobbin gear is usually the reason the hand wheel won't budge - but not always. Your Singer isn't technically a vintage machine, and is too new a model for the bobbin gear to have failed. It may even still be under warranty - all the more reason to have a professional have a look.

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                      Question: Singer Automatic Threader Stuck

                      I have a Singer 6160. I don't usually use the automatic threader, but was playing with it to see if it worked and it became stuck in the down position. Then the plastic lever broke. Now my machine won't work. We've tried just pushing the threader back up, but it won't budge. Since I really don't use it, I'd love to just remove it, but I don't know how. BTW, I live in Belize so there is no "local service center" to take it to for repair. I would have to ship it to the US and then ship it back here - a vey costly proposition. Any help would be appreciated!

                        By K A S [1]

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                        By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 08/31/2015

                        Visit the following website - he repairs vintage Singers and gives a lot of information free on his website:


                        He has an email address on his pages so if you don't find the info you need to do the repair yourself, you can email him and he will very likely cheerfully reply with a bullet-listed step-by-step to getting your machine back to sewing.

                        I live in Scotland and do a bit of self-taught vintage machine repair but he's MUCH better at explaining things!

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                        Question: Sewing Machine Presser Foot Port Pushed In

                        I have a Singer sewing machine, model #7463. I took it out of the case today and the port that the presser foot goes into seems to be pushed into the machine. I'm not sure how to take it apart to check the problem.

                          By Karen Edgar [1]

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                          By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 08/16/2015

                          First of all, here's a link to the US Singer site free download manual:


                          I'm going to assume (hope) you didn't try to plug in the machine and turn it on. So unplugged and not in the on mode, try to lift the pressure foot using the lever (located under the machine head, to the right of the pressure foot and attached to the presser foot and needle column. Next, turn the hand wheel towards you to see if the foot lifts enough for you to insert (should be a snap-on insertion method on this model machine) a presser foot.

                          If the presser foot and needle column doesn't lift using the lever and the hand wheel - something inside the head and machine has either become clogged with thread lint and fuzz - see the manual for guidance clearing a thread choke; or possibly a gear has broken and this isn't a fix to be done by the untrained.

                          To be honest, clearing lint should be a routine part of your sewing habits - to be done every time you finish a project or at least once a month - so I'd like to think your problem isn't clogging or caught thread bits.

                          Either way, though, this isn't something you can fix a home if the simple fixes above don't resolve your issue, and a trip to the repair tech is called for.

                          The Singer Confidence 7463 is a fairly complicated machine and isn't suitable for home DIY repairs. I've worked on a few (I teach sewing and do some repairs and refurbs on my students machines) and they aren't simple machines in my experience. Most sewing machines with the stitch patterns and other features like the ones on the 7463 are best worked on by someone with training, service manuals, and the proper tool kit for working on sewing machines - in other words, a professional.

                          I live in the UK so can't really give you a ballpark figure on what a repair tech would charge you somewhere else.

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                          Question: Sewing Machine Doesn't Work

                          Someone dropped my Kenmore Ultra Stitch 12 sewing machine. It was working before this. Now the needle bar, the straight piece that controls the needle going up and down, doesn't move up and down at all.

                          The hand wheel, the wheel at the end that manually turns to make the needle go up and down, does spin. I opened it up and the larger, outer and the smaller belt also move, but the long horizontal shaft that connects the hand wheel to the needle bar does "not" rotate/move at all.

                          I've disengaged and re-engaged the hand wheel and made sure the bobbin winding assembly, the button on top that lets one disengage the needle to refill the bobbin, wasn't engaged. So it's not that. Just looking inside doesn't show me anything loose or bent. Any ideas? Please?

                            By Donna [291]

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                            By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 08/02/2015

                            The only thing you can do is to take your machine to a Kenmore qualified repair tech. Finding and repairing the problem just isn't a home DIY bit of work.

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                            Question: Singer Quantum L-500 Won't Sew

                            My machine turns on and all the buttons light up and the machine won't operate. Any suggestions on how to get it to work?

                              By Sharleen P. [1]

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                              By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 07/25/2015

                              If a 'shock reboot' doesn't get your machine sewing again, it's time to take it to a Singer factory qualified repair tech - it's possible your software or motherboard have failed.

                              A 'shock reboot' is done by plugging the machine in, turning it on, letting it sit for 90 seconds, then pulling the plug out of the wall socket power point. Don't turn it off at the machine switch - pull the plug out of the wall while the machine is turned on.

                              Wait five minutes then plug it back in and turn it on - if your software isn't corrupted or the motherboard in fail, the shock reboot will reset the machine to the factory default settings, and you should be able to start sewing again following your user guide to reset your preferred settings.

                              Some Singer computerised manuals mention the shock reboot in the manual, some do not.

                              If you're not comfortable doing the shock reboot, simply pack it up and take it to the tech.

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                              Question: Sewing Machine Runs Without Foot Pedal

                              I am asking on behalf of my mum, she has a Singer Concerto 2 Model 9217 sewing machine. Her sewing machine runs itself! It starts running when she turns it on without touching any buttons, etc. without using the pedal and it is quite fast. So out of safety she has turned it off and not used it since. I have assumed it may be an electrical problem, but I honestly have no idea with sewing machines with how they work, etc. Could anybody please point me to some sort of direction of what this could be or connected with?

                                By Preet [1]

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                                By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 05/27/2015

                                This is an electrical problem - it could be a faulty connection, a broken-worn-and/or frayed wire in the foot pedal - she may not put any pressure on the foot pedal but if the problem is in the foot pedal wiring, it could easily be transmitting the wrong signal (to operate at a high speed) to the machine; or the problem could be in the machine just behind the connection point (where the foot pedal connects to the machine). There could be a crack in the connection point where the foot pedal and power cords join the machine OR the power point at the mains (wall outlet plug).

                                It really is not a job for the average home sewer. Most electricians or someone with some electrical skill and training should be able to find and fix the problem but it would be best if you could take the machine to a sewing machine repair technician. A sewing machine repair tech will have the skills, tools, and access to repair parts.

                                Until you have the machine checked by someone who really understands electricity, please do not run the machine - any user runs a very real risk of injury from the speeding needle and presser foot, or from an electrical shock.

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                                Question: Singer Sewing Machine Jammed

                                I have a Singer 7364 sewing machine. The needle won't go down when I turn the wheel and it makes a loud 'EERR' sound. When I tried to sew it wouldn't let me. Even to turn the hand wheel round is a problem as it doesn't turn all the way around which doesn't allow the needle to go to the highest level or lowest level.

                                I've taken the bobbin plate off, as well as the bobbin case, to examine further and when I did look further down under it I saw some pieces of greasy threads jammed in what looks like 2 black metal cogs. I plucked them out, but still I'm having trouble getting it to work. I know it's not the bobbin winder as it's been pushed to the left away from the hand wheel.

                                I have also tried taking the machine apart. I unscrewed all the necessary screws, but the frames won't budge. Please help!

                                  By jessicacu [1]

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                                  By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 05/23/2015

                                  I live in Scotland now (but spent 40+years in the US); I teach total newbies how to sew, and I'm do a bit of repair tech work as well. I know, therefore, whereof I speak.

                                  First, I think you may have switched up your model identification numbers as there isn't a Singer 7364 - but there IS a Singer 7463, also called a Confidence. Here's a link to the free user manual download from the Singer USA site:


                                  If your machine is indeed the Confidence 7463, it's not quite a 'vintage' machine but it is coming close to being considered one - and may be one if older than ten years at this point. Singer machines are wonderful, with many (including the Confidence) being considered 'basic+' entry level machines with very reasonable pricing - but these ARE NOT our gran's sewing machines and so will A-become 'vintage' much sooner than in previous build days, and B-wear out much sooner than previous builds.

                                  It is possible to eke more years out of these machines - but to do so the owner-user needs to be scrupulous about annual offence but I do have the feeling (mostly from the mention of what you pulled from the 'hook race' area) that servicing hasn't been kept up with on your machine.

                                  Right, it sounds to me as though the bobbin gear has failed, or there is something caught in that area - and no, it's not the 'hook race' area you've cleaned, but deeper into the machine and you REALLY shouldn't have tried to go in there! For starters, you're VERY lucky you didn't get the electrical shock of your life - static build-up has to be discharged and if not done so correctly has the power (pun intended) to cause grievous bodily harm if not death.

                                  You have created what most repair techs refer to as 'a basket case' meaning it requires a container to carry the machine and all the parts removed in a well intentioned attempt to save some money on repairs.

                                  At the point your machine is now, your ONLY option is to gather up all the bits into a sturdy box and take the machine to a qualified (factory trained, preferably) for repair and putting back together what you've undone.

                                  The repair tech is going to charge you from $50-$125 and this cost will be for the parts and labour to repair the machine+his/her extra efforts for putting your basket case back together correctly - if he/she is feeling generous, the cost MAY include a proper servicing as well but don't count on that generosity.

                                  Be properly apologetic for trying something you're not at all qualified to attempt, and he/she may only charge you an additional $25 for a servicing (cleaning, oiling, checking for your next parts fail). Otherwise you will likely be charged another $40-65 for the servicing - but either way you should pay for that servicing because without a proper servicing that machine is going to break down again and sooner, rather than later.

                                  If he/she attempts to convince you to give up on the machine - ask why, and listen very carefully to everything he/she says. It may be the machine has been abused to the point it cannot be reliably repaired and should be 'retired'.

                                  A new machine comparable to your 7463 will cost you around $200USD - but will come with a warranty and the chance to start with a new machine you will hopefully take for regular servicing - EVERY YEAR.

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                                  Question: Singer Sewing Machine Won't Stitch

                                  I have a Singer Merritt, model 4552. It was sewing fine last week. Everything is in place, but it won't stitch at all. I don't know what to do and I have to get this skirt made now. I guess I will have to do it by hand then.

                                    By Yasaman V. [1]

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 04/27/2015

                                    Hoping by now (I'm posting this reply on the 27th of April) you've been able to finish your garment, and have taken your vintage machine to a reliable repair tech - your machine probably has a worn or broken part. Other reasons for your described issue include thread fluff and lint in spots you can't see or reach, broken wires in the connection point for the foot or knee control, and a few other things.

                                    The best person to figure all this out and do the repairs is a sewing machine repair tech - he/she will have the knowledge and tools for the work.

                                    The only thing wrong with electric vintage sewing machines is that the parts do wear out - Singer began using plastics including silicone to form gear teeth (on the bobbin gear for example) and those do wear out eventually. There are other parts on a vintage machine that wear out as well - some vintage Singers as recently as the late 70s - early 80s were using belts inside and those wear out after several years.

                                    Hope your machine is back up and running for you soon!

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                                    Question: Singer Sews Stitches Upside Down

                                    I bought a brand new Singer Patchwork. I brought it home and got it out of the box, set it up, and read the manual. Then I grabbed my quilting scraps. I'm ready to test it out, but when I do I notice it sews the stitches on the bottom side of the work rather than the topside. So I rethread and try again, same thing. I run through every notch of tension, same thing. I re-read the manual and there isn't anything indicating that this machine should do this regularly. So are there any other suggestions for this brand new Patchwork machine? I would love more than anything to be able to start using it for quilting =), but am needing to know if the pattern from stitches is going to be on top or bottom. It is pretty important. Thanks in advance if there is help out there.

                                    By Shannon C.

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                                    By DCA 4 1,206 03/18/2015

                                    Suggest you contact the store where purchased or the manufacturer's customer help site for assistance.

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                                    Question: Hand Wheel on Singer Sewing Machine Came Off

                                    The hand wheel of my Singer 7465 sewing machine popped right off and flew across the room. Will I be able to get it back on myself? It looks like it's a bit tricky. Thanks.

                                    By Georgie

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 03/18/2015

                                    Oh yikes! Yes, this is tricky and not a job for the home sewing machine user without training. There are two or three parts to the hand wheel (depends on model year) and aside from the wheel these are very small parts you may not have noticed when the hand wheel flew off.

                                    Too, for the hand wheel to have come off and flown across room there had to have been considerable force from inside the machine, indication a very serious part(s) failure.

                                    Gather up everything you can find from the hand wheel explosion and take it all including the machine to a qualified Singer repair tech - look through your local telephone directory or online search results (using a search term that includes your locale and Singer sewing machine repair); be sure to check only the adverts clearly stating 'qualified' or 'factory authorised', and to telephone or visit to get an estimate that includes a servicing (oiling and cleaning plus a complete check over in addition to repairing the hand wheel crisis).

                                    Please believe me that this is not a job for the home sewer without training. I do vintage repairs here in Scotland for my sewing students, and can promise you there is so much 'tricky' to repairing a sewing machine it's not worth risking the machine to try a home repair.

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                                    Question: Sewing Machine Only Runs Fast

                                    My Singer 237 runs "fast" only. What is the least costly, but effective, way to solve this problem? It works fine other than the non variable speed.
                                    The power cord looks to be plugged in to the machine, but cannot be pulled out.

                                    By jmjtucker

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 02/15/2015

                                    Do not try to use this machine! You have a very serious electrical problem - the connections have short-circuited and burnt to the point of fusing the connection to the inside of the machine.

                                    Take your machine to a qualified Singer repair tech, or replace the machine completely - this machine is dangerous and a fire waiting to happen!

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                                    Question: Singer 201 Sewing Machine Repair

                                    We purchased a vintage Singer 201. This cute little machine with the potted motor was Singer's darling at one time. Our machine motor runs just fine, when disingaged from the head. You can manually turn the wheel with difficulty. The machine will run efficiently if you turn it over on its side! As soon as my husband tips it back up, it starts to slow then stops like it's catching. Any ideas? I have taken it apart carefully and I can't find a thing wrong with it. Thanks.

                                    By MAW

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                                    By DCA 4 1,206 01/17/2015

                                    Well, you could take the machine to a repair shop? With rather old machines, there could be many possibilities and who knows what the last owner and repair shop did to "fix" the machine.

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                                    Question: Noise in Sewing Machine

                                    On a Singer sewing machine 179502, there is a rattle coming from rocker arm that drives the hook assembly. The noise is where the rocker arm connects to the drive shaft from the motor. There is about 1/64" play. Should there be a bushing there to take up slack?

                                    By Bob J.

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 01/06/2015

                                    Can you post a photo of the machine, and another of the area where you think the bushing should be?

                                    This isn't a model I'm familiar with but I know most antique and vintage Singer machines didn't have a bushing near the hook assembly. Is this an industrial machine?

                                    I have a link for a service manual free download for 66 and 99 treadle and hand crank machines I can post for you if that will help you - post me a message (click on my screenname to access the message system) and I'll get the link posted.

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                                    Question: Singer 6268 Only Sews in Reverse

                                    photo of sewing machine on manual coverI purchased it used, in unknown condition. It only sews in reverse even when the reverse function is not selected. Any help or hope resolving?

                                    By Diane B.

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                                    By DCA 4 1,206 12/26/2014

                                    There could be many problems resulting in the machine's current difficulties. If you are interested in keeping the machine, the best plan would be to take the machine to a repair shop. The shop can examine the machine and give you an estimate of the current condition and what can be done to fix the problems (there will probably be an initial exam cost). You can then decide if it is worth the cost to repair.

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                                    Question: Singer 6268 Stopped Sewing

                                    My old Singer 6268 machine died. Does anyone know if the problem is the motherboard and if so, where can I purchase a motherboard?

                                    By Clare

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 02/15/2015

                                    If you haven't already, this machine needs the attention of a qualified Singer repair tech. Replacing the motherboard on a computerised machine isn't something that can be done at home, especially on a vintage computerised machine like the 6268.

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                                    Question: Singer 3116 Handwheel Won't Turn

                                    I had to replace a needle in my Singer 3116 today. After properly replacing the needle, the handwheel will not turn "at all" and needle not moving as a result. I opened up my machine to clear out any dust or threads, checked the bobbin, and ran through the trouble-shooting steps in the manual. Still no luck. Now what?

                                    By jlp

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 01/15/2015

                                    I posted an answer to this back in December but I see it's not showing - if you haven't given up on this machine, it's a fairly simple fix for a repair tech - your bobbin gear has 'died'. In the US the repair+a good servicing will cost you around $100, here in the UK around £60.

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                                    Question: Machine Locks and Won't Sew

                                    I bought a new bobbin case (verified for the correct one) for my Singer 6104. When I hold it in with my finger it sews fine, but when I put the lever over it that holds it in place it locks up.
                                    What is the problem?

                                    By Gloria

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 10/30/2014

                                    The packaging for the new case was labelled incorrectly - take the part back to the shop along with your machine and show them it's not the right one. If you bought the case online, take pictures of the part in the machine, and email the company.

                                    And if you ordered this directly from SingerCo, you need to let them know this part and the lot it came in with is mislabelled. They'll take care of the problem for you but it may take a few weeks - be sure to keep a note of the lot number on the incorrect part so that you can check the next one before you even open the package.

                                    The reason it works when you press on it with your finger but not when the lever is closed is because it's the wrong one - the weight of your finger compensates for the incorrect size but when the lever is closed and the case 'seated', it doesn't really seat. A millimetre difference is enough to cause the problem you're having.

                                    You need to find a Singer trained repair tech in a sewing centre - he/she will be able to source the correct part, and will keep at it until it's right.

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                                    Question: Thread Tangling on Singer Sewing Machine

                                    My Singer sewing machine keeps on tangling up my thread.
                                    I have tried everything. Please help!

                                    By Grace from Jackson NJ

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 10/13/2014

                                    You don't give a lot of information in your question - how old and what model is your Singer, for starters.

                                    However, tangling thread often means one of a couple of problems:

                                    Are you using the correct thread, needle size, and settings for your fabric?

                                    Are your feed dogs set correctly for the fabric you're using?

                                    Have you followed your user guide instructions for setting the tension?

                                    Are you taking care to hold the starting threads firmly about six inches back from the starting line whilst making the first few stitches?

                                    If none of that helps, depending on the age of your machine it may mean your bobbin gear has worn to the point where you can still pick it up with the top thread but it won't advance the threads any further. Time for a visit to a qualified repair tech!

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                                    Question: Singer Sewing Machine Not Stitching

                                    The stitches knob is stuck, it won't turn.

                                    By Suzy

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 08/25/2014

                                    Take the machine to a sewing centre for a qualified repair tech to fix - your problem could be anything from lint build-up to a broken/worn gear, and as you don't say what model and age your machine is, only a professional with the physical machine in front of him/her can figure out the trouble.

                                    I repair and restore Singers of all ages here in Scotland - a visit to my workshop would start at around £40 and go higher if I needed to find parts to repair your machine. You would get back a clean, serviced and repaired (if needed) fully functional sewing machine, and this is something you can expect from a good repair tech no matter what country and currency - your machine should be serviced including checking for all problems (or ones about to happen)+the original problem sorted too.

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                                    Question: Replacement Part for Singer 316G Sewing Machine

                                    I'm looking for a replacement for the metal "arm" that holds the light on my Singer 316G. Any ideas would be appreciated. I have been looking everywhere for a bit now. Thanks.

                                    By peanutrestoration

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 03/17/2014

                                    Have you tried:

                                    If he doesn't have the part he'll either know where it is, or that the part is simply unavailable anywhere (doubtful, I'd be shocked if he doesn't have it!).

                                    He is extremely reliable, honest, and beyond helpful - no, lol, I'm not him nor am I related in any way - I don't even live in the same country anymore. I just know several vintage Singer sewing machine lovers in the US who couldn't manage without him:)

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                                    Question: Singer Featherweight Foot Pedal Intermittent

                                    I have a Singer Featherweight machine that sews a beautiful stitch; however, when I depress the foot pedal, sometimes I have to turn the flywheel to get it going. Then it sews like a dream. Is this a problem with the foot pedal or something else?

                                    By Barb from Rockford, MI

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 03/17/2014

                                    Depending on the age of your particular Featherweight, it sounds like the belt OR gear inside the machine (right next to the handwheel, inside the machine) is slipping.

                                    These belts/gears do wear over time but are easily replaced - the manual for your model will show step-by-step for where your belt is and how to replace it. Having it done professionally shouldn't be terribly expensive but if you do have a repair tech do the work, splash out a bit extra and have the machine serviced at the same time.

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                                    Question: Bobbin or Bobbin Case Not Working or Jammed

                                    My friend has a Singer 1030 Creative Fashion sewing machine and the bobbin or case isn't moving at all?

                                    By Christine

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 06/03/2013

                                    I'm including a link to the owner's manual for that machine-your friend should look at page 66 for where and how to clean the bobbing housing. There is probably lint or a piece of thread caught in the area just behind the drop-in. A small paint brush or sewing machine lint brush will fit in there and knock the lint, etc, forward so that it can be removed-refer to the illustration on page 66:

                           ... 84202f0a5dff0eca37036c41dc3cb14f.pdf

                                    Be patient, that manual is the slowest loading one I've seen yet on the Singer download page. And then scrolling through it is a pain too, she might want to print it out to make using it a lot easier!

                                    If that doesn't help, then something is wrong inside the machine (usually the bobbin gear) and should be looked at by a technician who understands these vintage Singers.

                                    If the link takes your friend to the 'download page' instead of straight to the pdf, all she has to do is read down the list until she finds her model and the free download link; if it takes her to the search page, just key in '1030' and the download page will come up.

                                    I usually print the manuals out and put them into a three ring binder for easier use.

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                                    Question: Repairing a Singer Sewing Machine model 6104

                                    I have a Singer sewing machine, model 6104. I can't sew. I have changed the needle, re-threaded a thousand times, changed thread, and turned the bobbin around. I think I fixed the timing. Now the needle picks up thread and goes around bobbin, but it does not sew. Please help. This is an old simple machine, but will cost me more to repair than a possible new machine.

                                    By sarayaker from Miami, FL

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 04/16/2013

                                    Did the problem start after you think you fixed the timing? It's entirely possible that you reversed a part when putting the machine back together. Next time, take before pictures, that's always a help to me when I take apart a machine. If it makes you feel any better, reversing parts is easy to do even with before pics-ask me how I know this lol! And interestingly, I learned that on a Singer 6103, the previous model to yours.

                                    At this point you're best off taking the machine to a professional, the repair and a 'tune-up should cost you less than $100USD. The professional will be able to look at the inside of the machine and fix the problem in a very short amount of time, plus he/she will be able check for any other problems and should have new-milled parts for your machine in his/her workshop.

                                    In the meantime, have a look through your machine manual, there may be something in there that will help you. The link should take you to the pdf which is free to download from the Singer Company (be patient, the download takes a while):


                                    The Singer 6104 (and the Singer 6103 which I love, it's the only vintage electric machine I'll fool with nowadays) is a really nice vintage machine, very reliable and hard to 'kill'. It makes an incredible straight and zig-zag stitch, just really nice look to the stitches. Usually a vintage zig-zag machine will not sew a perfectly straight line in straight stitch mode but the 6100 series machines were well known for being one of the very few machines that did manage both type of stitches.

                                    The cost to having a professional fix and do the tune-up is well worth it, you have a really great machine that should still be able to give you years of sewing performance.

                                    Please update when you find out what the problem was!

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                                    Question: Singer 533 Doesn't Work After Cleaning

                                    I took it apart for cleaning and oiling and after putting it back together I've had a series of problems and I don't know what's wrong! I think I put parts of it together wrong.

                                    The first issue was with the knob on the end that you loosen up to wind a bobbin: normally this turns less than half a turn to loosen it which prevents the needle from moving up and down; then tightened for sew mode and movement of the needle; the first problem was that the needle didn't move when it should so my husband tightened it for me, but then the needle moved even in wind mode.

                                    I got that fixed, and then I couldn't remember how to put together the bobbin casing that I took apart. The pic in my manual wasn't clear; I finally found one on the internet and put it all together, started sewing and my needle broke off; it hit something. I redid the assembly and now by bobbin thread won't catch. I'm not sure how to fix it now.

                                    Any clear pics of order pieces go together in bobbin casing area? Or specific instructions on it? Thanks.

                                    By Jewell

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                                    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,645 10/15/2012

                                    Here's a link for a US based sewing machine genius-he offers a lot of free information, and sells service manuals for vintage sewing machines like yours (I have a 513 made here in the UK and have learned a lot from TNT!):


                                    Can't stress enough that when you are cleaning/repairing/refurbishing a vintage machine, especially a Singer, that before pics are a must (ask me how I learned that), and that those before pics are checked for clear 'readability' before taking the physical parts off the machine.

                                    It sounds as though you may have inadvertently gummed up the timing on your 533, TNT should be able to steer you in the right direction though.

                                    This site offers a little free information and a lot of 'for sale' info. I think if I still lived in the US I might consider trying something from him, though, because he seems to know his stuff from reading the free pages:


                                    Finally, give this site a look, some of the links are 'dead' but others are still working and there is a ton of info on the whole site, which works from the US as well as the UK-found that out on a visit to my son last year:


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                                    Question: Repairing a Singer Sewing Machine That Skips Stitches

                                    I have a Singer model 6268 from 1986, it sews a perfect straight stitch, but skips on all others. What could cause this?

                                    By Lachelle from Granby, MO

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                                    By mcw 80 1,755 09/13/2010

                                    It's well worth the money to have it repaired by an expect. The timing might have to be set. Don't attempt to fix it yourself if you don't know what you're doing.

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                                    Question: Singer 7465 Sewing Machine Displays Code 88

                                    I have a Singer 7465 digital sewing machine that shows 88 in the stitch selection screen and stops sewing. I totally cleaned the bobbin race, case, and lightly oiled this area. I put it all back together and it sewed for about 30 minutes on straight stitch, then stopped running. I looked through several repair sites, but could not find out what the 88 numers meant. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.

                                      By revlondoll [1]

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                                      Question: Bobbin Case Won't Move

                                      I have a Singer Touch & Sew #625. I have set the time (I thought), but in doing that I found the bobbin case won't turn to pick up the top thread. While looking inside the machine, it looks like 2 gears under the handwheel are not engaging. I assume this keeps the bobbin case from turning. Any suggestions?

                                        By Myrene R. [1]

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                                        Question: Repairing a Singer 240 Sewing Machine

                                        I have a Singer 240 sewing machine. How could I change the vertical arm, including gear? The gear is borken and I bought a new one, but I don't know how take out the horizontal arm that runs from ban rounder to the arm of the needle system.

                                        By Mala Ga

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