Singer Sewing Machine Won't Sew?

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June 5, 2020

I just bought a Singer 3232, from Amazon. I plugged everything in and have power, but when I tried to load thread onto the bobbin spindle, nothing happened when I pressed the pedal. The motor just revved. The spindle is in the correct position. When I put the bobbin spindle in the sewing position and threaded the needle. I tried to stitch, but again the motor just revved. I tried calling Singer for help, but their hold time is exceeding 1 hour.

Please help before I start a return process on Amazon.

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June 5, 20201 found this helpful
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The Singer website offered these possibilities, but I wouldn't think they apply on a brand new machine?

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1. The bobbin winder may be still be engaged after last use. The winder could possibly have been left in winding position causing the bobbin winder to spin but the auto de-clutch mechanism will stop the drive to the need bar shaft - Move bobbin winder unit back fully to the left or rearward to engage sewing mode.

2. On older machines, the clutch in the hand wheel may have been left out of gear after bobbin winding - check clutch and if necessary re-tighten the small thumb screw in the center of the hand wheel.

3. On some electronic machines if the pull down buttonhole lever was not lowered when machine was placed in buttonhole mode, for safety the machine will not operate - Lower buttonhole lever to the correct position.

4. Presser foot maybe in up position, a lot of modern machines will not work until the presser foot is lowered - check and lower foot.

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June 7, 20200 found this helpful
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I have two different sewing machines and one if them is a Singer. This machine is not that hard to use and when winding a bobbin it is straight forward. You normally just wind the thread around the bobbin and sit it on the spindle. Now push it over so that the rubbher will hold the bobbin in place and start to the winding process. No matter if you are sewing or not you should be able to push the foot peddal and get the machine to move up and down without any thread in the machine or in the bobbin holder.

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It should like your machine is locked in a winding position and not sure why. Check the bobbin winder and make sure it is all the way to the left and not to the right and try again. If this is not working then there is another issue with the machine and you should return it to get a new one.

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I have a Singer Fashion Mate Model 237. The presser foot will raise and lower. It will pick up the bobbin thread and bring it through to the top. It feeds the fabric properly. I have not moved the tension from number five.

The problem is that it is not sewing. This started after I broke a needle. Is there a particular needle that must be used with this sewing machine? I read in the manual about different needles for different fabrics.

I have been the owner of this machine since 1966. It has always met the basic sewing needs that I have.

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May 15, 20200 found this helpful
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I have 2 sewing machines and they both use the same needles so I don't think this is your issue. The needles for machines are in gages so that it does not put large holes in delicate fabric or a needle that is strong enough to sew jeans. I think your issue is that the needle has been put in wrong.

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There is a flat side on the needed and it needs to be put in right in the machine. The next step is to open the bobbin area and take out the bobbin. Now remove the two levels by pushing them off the medal casing. Remove this and the piece the bobbin sits on. Now take your small brush and clean out this area. It seems like you have a small bit of the needle down in the bobbin area.

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October 9, 2017

My Singer Diana sewing machine won't sew. The machine is running, but the needle doesn't go up and down. Any suggestions?

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October 10, 20170 found this helpful
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Make sure the clutch is not engaged. If you filled the bobbin with thread you might have forgotten to disengage it.

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My 1940s Singer sewing machine was working fine until the needle arm and hand wheel froze. When this has happened in the past, I usually waited a moment and the hand wheel and needle arm relax and I'm able to continue. This time, the bobbin thread broke (I think I extracted all the pieces from the bobbin socket) and the hand wheel and long needle arm completely froze in place; they won't budge.

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The motor seems fine and was recently oiled and overhauled so this seems to be something with the handwheel or bobbin area?

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March 23, 20180 found this helpful
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Before you take it in for expensive servicing, which you may need to do, take a warm/hot hair dryer and blow the heat into the gears. This will unstick the hardened oil or grease. Since you just had it serviced, this may not be the problem through. It's worth a try, and doesn't cost you anything.

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February 7, 2017

I have a Singer Curvy and it won't sew. All the lights light up and blink, it makes a beep, and will not do anything. Any help would be appreciated. This happened not long after I had a professional fix the timing and clean it.

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I brought it back to him, but he said he didn't know what was wrong with it and to contact Singer.

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February 7, 20170 found this helpful
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If your machine was working before you brought it in, then he did something to it. I would tell him that I was going to contact the Better Business Bureau if he doesn't fix it. This is not acceptable.

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My newly acquired Singer 66-6 machine won't stitch. It was stiff and with cleaning and penetrating oil it loosened up and now runs very smoothly. However, it will not form the loop and no stitches are made. The upper thread coils up, then breaks, at times the bottom thread "locks" and the rotation stops. I've tried all sorts of tension settings, I've "verified" the timing, with the bottom timing mark coinciding with the needle lined up with the tip of the hook. Needle bar is in the very middle of its adjustment travel, bobbin is free and "properly" threaded, new genuine Singer needle. I'm at a loss, could use a little help, thanks.

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February 7, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

Have you made sure the presser foot is not sticking in a half-way down position? Also how about the tension of the thread. This is an interesting question, if you find out what the problem is, would you post the answer here?

----Thank you,

Robyn

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February 23, 2018

I have a Singer Merritt. I changed the bobbin because the last one broke. I tried to use it to sew and it just revs the motor and won't move at all, but when I take the fabric away and put the presser foot down the needle moves and sews. Could this be a timing problem? or did I tighten the bobbin too tight?

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February 24, 20180 found this helpful
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I would take off the needle plate and see if there is any thread or fabric bits jamming the machine.

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December 9, 2015

I have a late model Singer 15, with number tension dial. I've set up a few vintage machines, but this has stumped me. The thread is being picked up from underneath, but will not form a stitch at all. When I try to sew, the thread comes off the spring. Could it be timing? Any help would be appreciated as I don't have much hair left!

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December 10, 20150 found this helpful
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It doesn't sound like the timing - it sounds as though the bobbin gear is gone. You could try fixing this yourself, or you can take it to a professional.

If you want to give it a go, message me (click on my screenname and it should take you to a box to write me a message) and I'll come back here and post a link to a refurb manual for these old lovelies:) They really aren't that hard to work on at all, the most difficult thing is finding replacement parts - and I can also post a link for you to a USA based parts supplier (he also gives a lot of information on his site, some free, some low-cost). I'd post the links now but my battery is about to die and I can't find my charger - so it may take me a day or two to find and post the link.

Otherwise, take the machine to a repair tech with experience on these vintage machines. The 15 is a little different from the 99 and 66 models I work on the most, so I may be wrong about the bobbin gear (but I don't think I am as what you're describing is pretty much a universal symptom of bobbin gear failure).

Best luck getting back to sewing, and well done for having such a lovely machine!

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October 23, 2014

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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October 30, 20140 found this helpful
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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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This sewing machine was given to me by my grandma and I've never used any sewing machine before. I am attempting to learn how, but when I plug it in it does nothing. Does this mean the motor is broken or is there something I'm not doing? I've tried looking up videos, but they're very confusing when you don't know what you're doing.

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February 23, 2018

So my boyfriend's birthday is coming up and he's turning 16. I don't know what to give him. But I want to get or make him something really special that he can keep for a long time. I just want it to be something special because he's leaving to go to Dallas and I just want him to have something that reminds him of me. Do any y'all have any suggestions?

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February 24, 20180 found this helpful

Buy a beautiful picture frame and put in a picture of the two of you.

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July 19, 2017

My sewing machine won't run. The foot pedal won't work and I can't think of anything to do. It turns on correctly, it is threaded, and the bobbin is fine. But the foot petal will not work and it won't stitch anything. What do I do? (My sewing machine is a Vivo Create and Repair machine by Singer).

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July 19, 20170 found this helpful

You probably have a broken or loose wire in the cord to the foot pedal. You may need to replace it.

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July 21, 20170 found this helpful

I would suggest you take it to a sewing/quilting shop/store and ask them as most of these people have a lot of experience with all types of machines. Sometimes it is something simple but other times it may need a new part.
You do not say that it was working the last time you used it but if it was, maybe you just need to unplug everything and replug just in case something did not sync correctly.
If a shop is not located in your area, try calling a shop and asking your question. I have even gotten some good answers from JoAnn's and Michael's craft stores.

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July 25, 20170 found this helpful

I would start with the foot pedal. Try taking it to a shop and have it tested. However, I had one machine that the connections on the machine for the food pedal were bent and it wasn't making a good contact. Check the connections on the machine and make sure the cable is secured. Try moving the cable on the machine to see if you can make contact. Also check in inside of the cable for the pins. The pins can become loose or have moved. You might need to use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the pins up in place.

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I have an old Singer Touch and Sew Special zig-zag model 648. While refilling my bobbin a bit of cloth got caught in the needle, breaking the needle and jamming the machine. I just spend $300 (US) and 6 weeks getting my machine fixed and tuned up. Is this something I can fix myself?

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June 6, 2016

I have a Singer Sewing Machine Model #4220. I tired everything to fix it. What has happened is that the wheel on side of the sewing machine will turn when doing it by hand, but when I push the foot pedal down it will not turn at all. It just makes noise. Can you help me?

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June 29, 20170 found this helpful

Need to get a new belt or tighten/adjust the one you have.

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September 2, 20170 found this helpful

How do I adjust the hand wheel belt

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July 24, 2015

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?

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July 25, 20150 found this helpful

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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July 5, 20170 found this helpful

I tried the shock treatment, but no luck. I just received my Quantum L500 back from Singer repairs in South Africa. They claim the motherboard packed up. Where in the world can I buy a new motherboard or have mine fixed?

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April 11, 2020

My Singer classic does not sew. It grabbed the bobbin thread, but it won't do any stitches. It does go up and down. The needle is right, the tension is right, something else is wrong.

Please help.

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My sewing machine is like new. It has a new needle and thread. I checked the belt and its on as well. When I push my foot petal to begin stitching my needle won't move up and down. I've removed all the string, looked for jams, etc. Nothing is working.

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