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I have an old singer zig zag 457 sewing machine that use to work fine, but now needle wont move

I was sewing fine one day, then the next time I went to use it the needle wouldnt go up and down. probably something easy to fix, but I know nothing about sewing machines. I also have a singer 7025 that I cant seem to find the exact instructions on how to thread it,load the bobbin with thread or insert the bobbin in the machine. I did it, but not sure its right. any pics or instructions would be great

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  • kitah Oct 09, 2008

    I was sewing & it just stopped & I thought the needle broke but it didn't & now can't get it to move!

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SOURCE: Singer 457 Zig Zag Sewing Machine not catching bobbin thread.

There are manuals avilable online to purchase for the singer machines, SOrry I was not able to locate a site that has them for free.
.... http://sewingonline.co.uk/singer-manuals.html

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When i use the zig zag stich, sometimes the stich falls and does not zig zag


try a new needle--one for the fabric being sewed

could be a problem with the cam that does the zig zag, you might need to have the machine checked

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The lower shaft has a gear with two set screws that can be used to adjust the timing. Set that gear such that when the tip of the hook is above the eye of the needle. Check this on the zig zag both sides. This is a simplification as there are other things to time such as the feed dogs do not contact the fabric when the needle is in it and the zig zag has completed moving before it contacts the fabric.

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Hmmm sounds like an issue I had/have with a singer stylist. There is a knuckle part that connects the zig zag mechanism to the needle bar. Mine had a pin that kept slipping out. When I took it apart (and lost the pin) I also discovered that the "round" holes the pin went into were work out and were more like ovals. The machine is now a parts machine.

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I just bought a Singer Stylist 457.


if you bought the machine used, then it's possible that a
cam or gear is either worn or damaged. & needs to be check at a sewing machine shop.
if the machine is new,,then take the machine back to where you
bought it & tell them about the zigzag, even let them try it & see
what happens, I been sewing for over 30 years & I wouldn't keep
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I have a Singer Serenade 30 and have set everything according to the manual for zig zag but it still sews straight. Help!


Make sure that your needle shaft is not stuck, move it back and forth, oil if necessary. I had it happen to me once, but mine was caused by a bent needle shaft after loaning it to someone, and I had to do this each time I wanted to zig zag stitch. .

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I have a Singer Special Zig Zag Model 418. I can


More than likely you have a broken vertical shaft gear.

When you turn the handwheel you should see the sewing hook moving under the bobbin case.

If not, take it to a sewing repair person and it should cost somewhere around $100 to repair.

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.... http://sewingonline.co.uk/singer-manuals.html

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Did you switch the metal plate to one of the ones that won't allow left/right movement by any chance?
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Over time, and especially when not used, there is a likelihood of dust and old oil forming a sort of glue, or clag....

Remove the needle for safety, then, when you have the setting on Zig zag, gently push the needle arm to the opposite side of the zig stitch.......release the needle arm, and if it springs back quickly, it is fine, if it moves slowly, or almost not at all, then the clag needs removing with application of few drops of methylated spirit to start, at the sort of piston affair that shifts needle arm L & R .....move the needle arm back & forth until it frees up, a drop of oil to finish.........if almost seized, may require leaving overnight after using a penetrating lubricant if it is really resistant....I have had them on the bench for 3 days with manual manipulation a few times each day before they finally come good.

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Singer sewing machine will not zig zag


Over time, and especially when not used, there is a likelihood of dust and old oil forming a sort of glue, or clag....

Remove the needle for safety, then, when you have the setting on Zig zag, gently push the needle arm to the opposite side of the zig stitch.......release the needle arm, and if it springs back quickly, it is fine, if it moves slowly, or almost not at all, then the clag needs removing with application of few drops of methylated spirit to start, at the sort of piston affair that shifts needle arm L & R .....move the needle arm back & forth until it frees up, a drop of oil to finish.........if almost seized, may require leaving overnight after using a penetrating lubricant if it is really resistant....I have had them on the bench for 3 days with manual manipulation a few times each day before they finally come good.

Denatured alcohol is fine, surgical spirit too, different countries have different names or products, essentially alcohol with few impurities that will evaporate quickly with little residue.

Hope this does work for you, tho' as I said, it may take a little time to penetrate depending on severity........the same applies to the reverse mechanism of many machines when they seize.
If you want any more help with this, just post back here, or, drop a line through the "Contact Us" page at www.bargainbox.com.au

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