Singer Stylist 533 Not Feeding Fabric?

I also notice my machine is not feeding fabric on its own.

By Erica. Z


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March 10, 20140 found this helpful
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The Stylist 533 (a bestseller in its day, great machine!) is a vintage machine and these machines do have some plastic or silicone parts. Sadly, those parts fail with age and it's time for a visit to the Singer repair tech.

Check this free download from the Singer Company website for a copy of your machine manual, the troubleshooting guide pages are towards the end. (Printing out the manual will be handy for using when the computer isn't up):

The problem you're describing sounds like a feed dog issue and as the 533 wasn't made with a drop-feed dog system, you either have a worn feed gear, or the machine is in Flexi-Stitch mode. Using the manual to follow, try changing that Flexi-Stitch feature around and see if it helps.


If not, it really is time for a visit to the repair tech. If he/she needs to change out parts, be sure to find out if the tech is using newly milled or salvaged parts. One of the reasons I've given up doing vintage machine repairs is the really important parts for these older ladies are no longer newly milled and the salvaged parts simply aren't reliable - who knows what conditions those parts worked under on the former machine?! Sooner rather than later the salvage parts will also fail.

You may want to consider a new machine under warranty - the Singer Talent range is comparable, has a top drop-in bobbin system using class 15J plastic only bobbins - your 66 class metal will eventually 'kill' the new machine and void the warranty. Another good Singer range is the Confidence range with more features. Janome and Elna make good comparable machines as well but you may prefer a Singer.

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