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Without the ability to properly adjust the tension on your sewing machine stitches can vary and cause unsightly seams that can be too loose or too tight. This is a guide about repairing the tension knob on a Singer sewing machine.
If the bobbin has become stuck on your Singer sewing machine, you may need to have it repaired professionally. This is a guide about bobbin case in singer machine stuck.
If your Singer sewing machine has stopped working, it may need repair from a professional. This is a guide about singer sewing machine won't sew.
The bobbin winder on your machine is an important feature that you really can't do without. This is a guide about repairing the bobbin winder on a Singer sewing machine.
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I have a Singer model 2662. It's supposed to be able to stitch 38 different ways, but it only does a straight stitch. I'm just learning how to sew and bought it used, so I don't know how to maintain it. How often to clean it or oil it or anything else.
I have the manual, but it doesn't have anything on this
I have a Singer 5500 and I'm trying to make buttonholes automatically. My machine won't do it correctly and I have watched so many videos on it (which were not good). It will sew to the top then just start sewing side to side in one place. Help!
Some buttonholers sew that way. They sew the end and one side. You may have to turn the fabric around to complete the buttonhole. Do you have the manual that came with it? You may be able to get it online.
My buttonhole foot won't make buttonholes. I have all the settings right, in the correct order. All I get is a glob of thread. The foot doesn't move like it should to make the buttonhole.
Has anyone else had this issue?
Make sure there is no lint or thread in the buttonholer or the bobbin area.
The electrical cord on my Singer sewing machine keeps shorting out. It will only work in certain plugs or it will work and stop working 15 minutes later. What's causing the problem? And how do I fix it?
Try it in different outlets that you know work for other appliances. The plug may need replacing. I had that with a vacuum cleaner.
Must the belt put on in any special alignment or can all adjustments be made after it has been installed?
I have a Singer Confidence sewing machine. So I need to stitch a hem on canvas. The needle is going up and down normally. The bobbin and needle seem to be threading properly, but no stitches are transferring to the fabric?
You may have the wrong needle. Canvas needs a heavy duty needle. The lighter needles may not be able to pierce through the canvas.
My Singer sewing machine 6199 has an error code of E7 on it. I've checked everything and I only see that the plastic part on the light has broken and the light got hung down little bit.
Does that affect the sewing machine by locked up?
Thank you so much for you answer! I've already checked the button hole lever and it's not that.
It is the plastic for the light. I've went and bought a super glue and I glued the 2 pieces back together and it works.
I have a Singer Esteem sewing machine that recently froze up. The hand wheel does not turn. I have checked for errant threads in the bobbin case as well as the spool threading areas. Any ideas what could be wrong?
This is happened to ours have you found out what was wrong with yours . it would be helpful to me to know thank you
I have a Singer 301A sewing machine. What to do if the little arm that's used to open bobbin case (to take out and/or insert bobbin) breaks?
You buy a new one. Many sewing stores carry them. Some Walmart stores even have them for the machines they sell. The last time I bought one it was around $30. Here is one place that sells them online http://www.sing ocasi301221.html
I have a Singer 99K (knee controlled) which runs on its own continuously. How do I fix this?
You can look on you tube for a bunch of ways to fix it. I just checked and they have a lot.
I have just received an old Singer 5528 machine that I have cleaned and oiled, but when I turn the stitch knob to say zig-zag nothing happens. It just sews straight. Can I fix this myself or do I need a professional?
Make sure you have no thread blockage. If you still have the problem, the knob or the piece behind it may be broken and you will need to have it serviced.
I got a Singer sewing machine model 7011. It stitches on the top, but gathers on the bottom of the fabric. We changed the bobbin, but nothing changed. What would be the next step? We got it at a garage sale about 10yrs ago.
If you want to keep this machine, invest in a 'professional' to go over it for you. Sometimes a needle breaks and all pieces don't get removed, to wrong type of thread used, bobbin aged, esp if using metal bobbin. Keeping machine clean is very important, and oiled regularly WHERE it is required. Hope you have the manual for it, OR you can google MANUAL for said machine and model. They are online, some free. I recently updated from my 30 year old machine. Had one from the 1960 prior to that. And yes, they moved to the basement for non-intricate sewing. They can still do tarps, heavy jackets, jean zippers, etc. Taking care of machines is what keeps them going.
I have a model Singer ET-1 sewing machine. The needle won't move when pushing pedal or buttons. It occasionally sounds like it is trying, but can't move. It flashes an exclamation point on the screen. No other error codes. I am able to easily turn the knob and it stitches fine when doing that.
Here is the link to the user manual for this machine: https://www.man Finish-Et-1.html
If this doesn't help you, take it to a repair shop.
I have an old Singer Stylist 413. I was sewing a fleece blanket, heavy weight, and heard a loud squeaky noise, After oiling it, the sound was better. While sewing, the hook timing gear that the bobbin case fits into stopped turning. I tried moving it manually and it is super tight. It basically seized up. The hand wheel turns and the needle goes up and down, the timing gear just isn't turning. Any thoughts?
it's probebly the solution..
I have Singer sewing machine, model 9111. The fuse went off with a bang! Is there somewhere I can by a new fuse or a new mother board (circuit card)?
Thank you :)
I need to remove the back cover of my Singer 3827 so that I can replace the spool holder and pin. I've tried unscrewing the obvious parts on the back cover, but couldn't seem to get the cover off. Is there a trick to this?
Any help appreciated!
Mine has screws on the top and side. See if you can download a manual for your machine. A lot of them are free.
Oh yes I still have this machine. I do not sew a great deal, just hem and mend. For some reason my bobbin stops winding after just a small amount of thread is put on it. Any thoughts? I have not had it serviced for a bit. I am just looking for an answer to get through this current need, then service or a new machine perhaps?
Thanks for any help.
Could it be a tension problem? Sometimes the threading can cause sticking and pulling. Also I would try letting the machine run as if sewing while bobbin winding, in case the problem is in the switch. Another cause might be in the winder itself; I'd check to see if some thread has been caught on the spindle underneath and out of sight.
I have a Singer 257 sewing machine. The needle side zig zag looks good. The bobbin side is a straight line--no zig zag. Is this out of time or what? Something simple or not?
Perhaps your bobbin needs to be reversed?
I have a Featherweight sewing machine, circa 1950, Mod#221-1. I don't use it much and then only for hemming slacks, shorts, fixing my flags, etc. It has always worked great. The last time I set it up for use was about 2 weeks ago. I was half way finished with my job when I noticed it was stitching perfectly on top, but the bottom stitching was all bunching up. So I pulled all of the stitching out and was going to start over, but needed more thread on the bobbin. I was just starting the process of filling the bobbin when it just quit functioning. The motor will run fine, but it just won't sew. The belt is looking good and motor is good. I tried to turn the wheel on the right, but can't. However, the sewing arm will slightly move up/down when I try to move the wheel, but it just won't move any further. It is as if something is either broken or has become disconnected, so that it won't function. I would like to try to fix this with some help before I turn it loose on some of the local repair persons. None have very good references and all try to overcharge and have no customer service. I'll take any help you can give me.
BTW: I'm new to sewing and have only used this machine which does nothing but straight stitch. Additionally, this has a lot of sentimental value since it was my grandma's and my mother's before she gave it to me.
The Singer Featherweight is an excellent machine! Yours may need grease in some of it's internal gears and oil in all it's other thirsty places. Here is a great blog post about cleaning and lubricating your Featherweight: http://jillybej atherweight.html
I am also including a link to Dave McCallum's site where you can purchase a very informative DVD and book about restoring, cleaning, and maintaining your Featherweight. http://featherweight221.com/
I truly hope you get your lovely machine back in working order. There's really nothing new that can compare to the vintage sewing machines. I am now the proud "parent" of a Minnesota Model D treadle machine (1912), a Singer 66 Redeye that I am going to convert to a hand crank machine (1911), a Japanese clone of the Singer 15 (circa 1950), and a Kenmore 158 (late 60's early 70's). They each have their own quirks, but each of them sew much better than my modern Singer Curvy (which I am considering selling.)
I truly hope the above listed sites can offer you the assistance you need in order get your lovely little lady up and running again. I hope she brings you many more years of happiness, especially since she belonged to your grandmother and your mother. Family heirlooms such as that should be treasured members of the family as well as functional ones.
I have a Singer Confidence Quilter machine. I lowered the feed dog to sew on a button and they will not go back up. Help?
Apparently in this model there are no such things as feed dogs that go up. Instead there is a darning place.
"On your Singer, you don't actually raise / lower the feed dog. Instead you attach a "darning plate" (which should have come with the machine) which covers the feed dogs so they do not come in contact with the fabric. See a page from the owner's manual using this link within my web site: http://www.sewv d_Drop.pdf"
I have a Singer 600E, I've threaded the bobbin and all that good stuff. But when I push my pedal down my needle won't move, the motor runs, but nothing happens. Is it my pedal?
It most likely is a problem with the bobbin casing. There is probably a piece of thread stuck in it somewhere and if you don't remove every little piece, it will not go. Sometimes, you can find the piece and pull it out, but sometimes, you just have to take it in.
I have a Singer heavy duty sewing machine. The thread got stuck inside the bobbin box and now it's very hard to move the needle up and down. How can I fix this?
I had this happen once and it was a bobbin that was just a bit too big. I had to take apart the assemblage from underneath and dig it out. I now use just plastic. If that doesn't help, you may have to take it in but these days, a used one is cheaper than repairs.
Hope that helps.