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Singer Sewing Machine Won't Sew?

April 9, 2021

My Singer sewing machine has stopped working. Used it for about an hour this morning and it started sewing slower and slower. Now needle won't move when I depress pedal. I oiled the center of area where bobbin goes.

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After that, it worked to wind a bobbin. Put bobbin into machine and it wouldn't work. Hand wheel will go halfway down and stops. I am a very, very new sewing machine user, help!

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April 9, 20210 found this helpful
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Be sure you placed bobbin correctly and released machine.
Also, remove your plug from wall socket and then replace it.
Since you are very new to using a machine you will probably continue to need help with problems in the future.
Do you have a manual for your machine?
If not, you'll have to have a model number to be able to find one.

Beginners should always have a knowledgeable place to seek help as many problems will arise that may need detailed instructions to be able to fix it.

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Following are 2 sewing forum sites that fit that bill.
These members seem to love to help everyone with any kind of problem so do not hesitate to join. You will be very happy to see all the information available on these sites.
They might need the model number and sometimes a picture but they will tell you.
Just explain what happened and they will ask proper questions to get you on your way to sewing again.
www.quiltingboard.com/.../
sewing.patternreview.com/.../board.pl

www.thriftyfun.com/Singer-Sewing-Machine-Wont-Sew-1...

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April 10, 20211 found this helpful
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A sewing machine typically runs slow because it is jammed. Besides that, you can check the cord and foot pedal to make sure everything is plugged in properly. Switch the machine to bobbin winding position and have the machine run at normal speed. If thats possible we can conclude that this is not a problem with the cord or foot pedal.

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Lint can also be the problem. Make sure there aren't any loose threads inside.
Or maybe there is an issue with tension. Maybe you did not correctly set the bobbin. Check the bobbin and bobbin drive gears. Rethread everything, the bobbin, the top, and try a new needle.
Maybe your sewing machine needs thorough oiling (inside) - apply a drop of fresh, good quality oil every place where metal rubs against metal.

You did not indicate what your Singer sewing machine is. If it is new and still on warranty, then it is better to repair it using warranty.

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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?

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.

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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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May 12, 2020

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. There is a flat side on the needed and it needs to be put in right in the machine.

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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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March 22, 2018

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.

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.

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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February 7, 2019

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 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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April 8, 2020

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

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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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