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I removed the positiong plate

Ok so I removed it and I can't get the bobbin holder back on. I removed it so that I could figure out why the bottom thread kept bunching up while I was trying to sew jersey. So is it ruined forever or can it be fixed with out spending an ton of money?

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  • Anonymous Oct 15, 2008

    My positioning plate was also removed (to retrieve a fallen needle) and I'm unsure if this can be resolved. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    what is the hold down lever against the spring pressure

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With the pressure foot up, and the bobbin holder in place (make sure it rides on the groove in the rotating hook that grabs the upper thread) push the locator or positioning plate to the left then tighten the two screws in front
normally the bobbin holder is removed & replaced by moving the hold down lever against the spring pressure counter clockwise so the bobbin holder can be lifted uo and out toward the operator.

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I removed the posiotioning Plate(A). Singer Inspiration 4205. How can I get it back in?

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