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November 1, 2016

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?

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February 10, 20170 found this helpful

Mine also has screws on the bottom. Did you look there?

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February 11, 20170 found this helpful

Mine has screws on the top and side. See if you can download a manual for your machine. A lot of them are free.

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

I hope you have solved your problem but in case you need help in the future here is a link to Singer support. You can call or send your question by email and they will definitely help you. I did not see a manual for your machine but they may have one that is close to the same. Their manuals are usually free to download so I would ask about a manual for sure.

http://www.singerco.com/contact-us

Here is a link to purchase a manual but it is from the UK so postage will be added to the price shown on this site:

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http://www.sing  -3827-manual.htm

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August 15, 2016

I have a Singer sewing machine and having completed making a bag using the 'denim' Singer sewing machine needle, I found I was unable to take the needle out. It appears to have solidly embedded itself. I tried WD40 and pliers, but no luck. I don't want to break the machine. Before I take it to the Singer shop do you have any hints?

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August 16, 20160 found this helpful

Can you move the needle at all, Patricia? Even by hand? (I'm wanting to ascertain if the component which houses the needle can be lifted or lowered at all.) In the interest of saving time, feel free to get back to me at wordswork@telus.net.

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Rose Anne

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July 23, 2016

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.

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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.
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July 25, 20160 found this helpful

Nothing's quite as frustrating, right? In the middle of a project and the darn machine quits? (I've been sewing for more than 30 years and remember those early days well. If it turns out you love to sew, consider - at some point - investing in a good machine: it makes the world of difference.)

To the problem at hand: first, remove all threads, spools (including bobbin) and lint. If you can unscrew the plate beneath the presser foot, do so. Use a small brush to get rid of fabric and thread remnants in the undercarriage. If you use canned air to blow / clean your computer fan, use a spurt to get rid of the last of the lint beneath the presser foot. Use the same canned air to dislodge any potential thread blockage in the sewing machine foot pedal.

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At this point it's crucial to check the entire area where the lower thread bobbin resides. Some sewing machines are extremely sensitive in this regard. (I'm not familiar with your make / model but have dealt with Singer and Husqvarna which I consider to be the most tempermental and problematic sewing machines extant.)

Once clear of all blockages, try turning the hand crank. You may want to give it a quick burst of WD-40. Depress the foot pedal and keep trying to turn the machine by hand. Do not add any threads at this point.

If your machine still refuses to engage, you may indeed have a broken shaft, but at least you'll have tried everything before spending money.

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August 15, 20161 found this helpful

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

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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.

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God bless,
Lacey

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August 15, 20160 found this helpful

I also forgot to mention in my previous post, that you may want to check the carbon brushes in your motor. There is an access port under the machine. There are instructional videos on YouTube that show how to check/replace carbon brushes in motors.

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June 10, 2015

I'm a newbie at sewing and I'm having a problem with my sewing machine. It is a Singer 6215c. It worked great before until last week. It sews, but is somehow stuck on the shortest stitch length. The knob moves, but the machine would only sew with shortest length even with the knob pointed on the longest stitch length.

I have checked the tension, rethreaded several times, checked bobbin, and dusted the areas accessible, but the problem still persists. Thank you.

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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

This happened to my 'white' sewing machine, the only way to repair it is to take it to the repair place, there is apparently a gear that falls off inside the machine and it it is not easy for someone who has no experience to repair. I am fortunate as my son-in-law used to fix sewing machines for a living.

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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

First: check your user guide manual to be sure you have ALL of the settings correct. Here's a link to a free download from the Singer website (USA) for the Singer 6215, pay especial attention to page 14 and the troubleshooting page 41:

http://www.sing  ad/1316_6215.pdf

Your machine was built in the early 1980s making it a definite 'vintage' machine with most of the gears made with silicone, rubber, and plastics for the gear 'teeth'. Over time these materials wear down, crumble, and snap off, and it sounds to me as though that is the problem with your vintage Singer.

The previous poster is right - you need to take this to someone with experience and training (a professional or a 'self-taught' repair tech with a sterling reputation). Not only is this a tricky repair, it requires specialised tools and access to parts.

Not all vintage sewing machine parts are 'new-milled', too, and with a vintage machine it's common for a repair tech to have to use 'salvage parts' with unknown sewing hours and conditions - the part may look fab but has been stressed by sewing conditions (too fast seaming, lack of regular maintenance, dusty sewing area, more) - with a salvage part no repair tech worth his or her salt can make a prediction as to the longevity of that part.

Be sure to ask your tech if he/she is using salvage parts on your repair, and make sure he/she does a servicing on it whilst in their workshop - cleaning, oiling, and checking for potential problems. With vintage machines, an annual servicing is the only way to ensure sewing hours reliability.

Once parts begin to break down on a machine it becomes a money pit even if new-milled parts are available, btw. Consider replacing your vintage with a comparable new machine under warranty. A good repair tech will fall in love with your vintage machine but will also tell you about the money pit factor and will recommend a new under warranty machine.

I live in Scotland after 50+years in the US; I teach sewing and do limited vintage machine repairs. When one of my students brings me a vintage machine that has sadly become a money pit I usually recommend the 3321 with the 4-step buttonholer or 3323 with the one-step buttonholer Talent line as these are fairly user-friendly with good features that aren't quickly outgrown, are comparable to your vintage 6215, and reasonably priced. The Confidence line is a step-up but doesn't have the same reliability reputation as the Talent line.

Do your research and whatever you do, be sure to choose a machine with a top drop-in bobbin for ease of use and virtually jam-proof sewing.

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May 26, 2019

How do I replace the top thread guide on a Singer 9410? Is there a manual or somewhere I can find an instruction manual on how to replace/change parts on a Singer model 9410?

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February 13, 2019

I have a Singer, model# 30215, and the presser foot shaft keeps rotating in both directions. How can I tighten it so it stays in the right position?

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February 3, 2019

My Singer sewing machine, model 457, has been idle for quite a few years. This weekend I wanted to hem some pants, but the needle does not move (up and down) when the motor is engaged, nor when I manually rotate the wheel. I removed the top plate and noticed that the horizontal shaft does not rotate when the wheel/motor is engaged. Any ideas what may be the issue?

TIA

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December 23, 2018

I recently found a Singer Fashionmate 7256 at a thrift store brand new for $20. All I thought I needed was a pressure foot. OK let's sew. It worked for a little while then the needle decided it didn't want to stay in the middle. Now it is to the left. I can push it, but it flings right back.

Help me please.

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November 17, 2018

The repair man is asking for too much; more than I paid for the sewing machine. I've tried a few things like timing and cleaning that I've got from YouTube, but still it only does a straight stitch. What else can I do?

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July 16, 2017

I just inherited my grandmother's 1921 Singer treadle sewing machine. I had it five minutes and I broke the cover off of where the bobbin goes. I slid it out and I thought it came off, it snapped off and now it won't go back on! What do I do?

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July 17, 20171 found this helpful

There is usually a groove where it just slides in. Old machines are metal and pretty sturdy.

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April 13, 2017

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?

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April 13, 20170 found this helpful

You may have the wrong needle. Canvas needs a heavy duty needle. The lighter needles may not be able to pierce through the canvas.

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March 13, 2017

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?

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

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.

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February 28, 2017

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.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

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.

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December 17, 2016

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.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

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.

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November 6, 2016

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?

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December 11, 20160 found this helpful

Perhaps your bobbin needs to be reversed?

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

The tension on the bobbin needs to be adjusted. Remove the needle plate and there will be a screw near the bobbin case. Refer to the manual as to which direction tightens the tension and vice versa.

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September 19, 2016

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?

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

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"

http://www.fixy  ilter_cannot_get

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May 8, 2016

I have a Singer One Plus sewing machine that keeps slowing/bogging down while sewing. What could be causing this?

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April 6, 2016

I just bought a Singer 301a. The needle is centre correctly, but my attached presser foot is not. It is shifted to the left so the needle is very close to the right hand side of the foot. This is the case for all the feet. How do I adjust the presser foot bar so they are centred correctly. Otherwise, I see broken needles in my future.

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April 7, 20160 found this helpful

If your machine is a new purchase, I would return it to the store to fix the problem or replace the machine.

Just now, my husband received the fourth new printer from the company trying to replace the original machine we purchased. Since the problem keeps repeating, we demanded a different new printer to avoid the same problem.

What a pain!!!

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February 24, 2016

I bought an old Singer 6110 from a yardsale. It plugs in, and the light turns on, but when I press the foot pedal, it doesn't run. The cords and foot pedal seem to be in good shape. I need a little help.

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February 26, 20160 found this helpful

You need to take this sewing machine to a qualified repair tech - there are so many reasons why it won't sew there isn't room here to list them all:) Buying a sewing machine at a yard sale, flea market, second hand shop, free classified ad paper, etc, is fun - but should only be undertaken by someone with the understanding the machine should be taken straightaway for a check over by a qualified repair tech. A sewer can find amazing bargains but part of the bargain should be the understanding a professional (or self-taught tooled up) tech should be the next person(s) to handle the machine.

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February 11, 2016

The top thread on my machine will not catch. I was initially having an issue with the bobbin thread not catching on the hook. Now, the top thread will not stitch correctly. When I change the type of stitch I want to do (i.e., zig zag) the needle moves side to side as if doing the zig zag, but does not make the stitch.

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February 13, 20160 found this helpful

Here's a free download of your user guide from the Singer website:

http://www.sing  546_7463_efs.pdf

Although I do quite a bit of repair and refurb on Singers, I have no experience with the computerised models - go through the manual and be sure you're using the correct settings (there can be several for each stitch wanted). If none of that helps, it's time for a visit to the Singer factory trained repair tech.

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