Troubleshooting a Singer Sewing Machine?


Singer 185k rehab runs great. Now when I sew, I can't regulate stitch length and the fabric seems to pucker slightly. I had to reset presser foot and feed dogs, also had to clean thread tension unit. I really would like your thoughts on why it won't sew normally. Stitches seem normal. Appreciate any help fixing these problems


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May 21, 20210 found this helpful

I would contact customer service at

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May 22, 20210 found this helpful

This is a neat machine but a friend says hers is different than any of her other Singers and she is always having to ask sites for help when 'something' goes wrong.
I found a lot of information online but you may need to ask for help with your problem.
Check out these sites:
Best site to ask for help with any model machine or any problem:

Link to free manual:

All of these sites have information about your machine and also supply names/models of other machines that are the same or near the same as your machine. This information will help you if you ever have to have parts for your machine.


Each site has loads of information and usually a link to ask questions:

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May 28, 20210 found this helpful

Stitch length adjustment only will eliminate the puckered seams as well as the entire stitch appearance. The old Singer sewing machines cant make long stitches, the range is for the number of stitches per inch. Hence, the bigger the number, the smaller is the stitch. Here you can view online for free Instruction Manual for a Singer 185k Sewing Machine
See page 14 about the Stitch Length Regulator.

Adjusting Stitch Length in Straight Stitches:
Adjust the machine to make a range from 6 to 30 stitches within an inch (8 to 12 stitches for most projects).


Loose the first screw, lowering it to the bottom of the slot.
Then move lever until the top edge is in level with the number of desired stitches per inch.
Then raise the first screw as large as possible and tighten it. Now, set the machine to such a length that it will make the desired stitches in the forward direction.

As you sew, examine the stitches to see the change in tension.

If all this does not work, then most likely the stitch length mechanism is broken. This is one problem that may be a bit too much for a DIY fix. Your best choice is to hire someone to get it done.

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