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Singer 5160 - stitching mechanism not working correctly

I was in the middle of doing some intricate applique, using the hand wheel instead of the foot pedal, and I started noticing it getting really hard to turn all of a sudden, after an hour of working. So, I cleaned out the dust and fuzz around the bobbin area and the front of the machine and oiled it up and it seemed to do the trick, because it moved smoothly after that. However, when I started back on my project, the zig zag pattern no longer worked correctly. Instead of making a straight back and forth zig zag, it now comes down straight and then curves over to the left and right at the end of the stitch. I was wondering if you could give me advice, maybe I need to take the top off somehow? Thankyou!

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SOURCE: Skipping stitches while zig-zagging

If you have put a new needle in then the chances are the machine has gone out of time, you can either take it in to the repair shop or you can contact me and I will attach timing instructions drivewithken@blueyonder.co.uk

Posted on May 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Zig Zag Stitch not working

THis problem occurred as I was sewing on Neoprene. I was using Gutterman all-purpose thread and a size 80 needle. Tried switching to a size 70, then to size 90. Still unable to zig zag. After inserting a test sample of cotton, the zig zag worked perfectly, so I knew it was not a mecahnical problem. I switched needles again. This time to size 90 for stretch fabric. Voila! Problem solved.

Posted on May 24, 2009

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SOURCE: need to know how to the zig zag stitch on the 132

By turning the bottom dial on the righthand side of the machine, you can change type of stitch. For zig zag, you need to set it to B (seen on the front of the machine). You can adjust the width of the zig zag using the same dial.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Singer Athena 2000 won't zig zag

Try pushing the reset button underneath the machine. Mine does that too. I had it repaired a few months ago...apparently it needs a circuit board that is no longer available.

Posted on Aug 01, 2009

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SOURCE: ZIG-ZAG NOT WORKING

Make sure your presser foot is tight down. If the needle is going from side to side, it's doing it's job. If the stitches are coming out straight, the material is probably slipping back and forth to center area. The presser will eliminate this.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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