Troubleshooting a Singer Sewing Machine

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Troubleshooting a Singer Sewing Machine
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Needle Won't Pick Up Bobbin Thread

Try re-timing the machine. Select "straight stitch," then take the bottom off the machine to see underneath the bobbin case area. Open the faceplate and look for two marks on the needle bar around where it enters the machine. Take out the bobbin case to see the hook. Turn the balance wheel toward you so the needle is going down. Stop turning when the needle is just about to start on its way up. The bottom mark on the needle bar should be just about to enter the machine, and the point of the hook should be just above the eye of the needle. If it isn't, tilt the machine backward and loosen the two screws on the vertical gear so you can move the hook to where it should be. Tighten the screws and put everything back so you can test your set-up. If it sews a straight stitch correctly, try it on zigzag wide stitch. If it misses one side, repeat the timing process.

Balance Wheel Won't Turn Easily

If your machine starts sounding like it is sewing thick material and then stops working, take out the bobbin and bobbin case and try moving the balance wheel by hand. If it moves easily, look for some thread stuck in the bobbin case area.

Machine Won't Stop Running

If your Singer continues running after you take your foot off the pedal, you need to remove the suppressor from the foot control. Peel back the rubber backing from the bottom of the pedal and remove the screw underneath. Remove the piece that looks like a fuse because you do not need it.

Machine Skips Stitches

If you have a problem with your Singer skipping stitches, make sure you are using the correct size and type needle for your fabric. Be sure to install the needle with the flat side facing the back of the machine. Finally, check that the presser foot is pressing evenly on the fabric.

Singer Futura

If the lights are flashing on your Futura and it won't sew, or the computer screen says the thread is broken when it isn't, turn the machine off and check that the top transparent threading path is correct, then turn the machine back on. Cover your thread spool with the net accessory.

Basic Preventative Maintenance

Unplug your machine and open up all the parts. Use the brush included with your Singer to clean any dust and lint out from the machine. Repeat after every project. Read your Singer manual for the proper way to oil your specific model machine. After oiling, stitch some scraps to remove any excess oil.

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