Question about Singer 3116 Simple

Open Question

Oiling? My singer "esteem" is dropping stitches, the bobbin isn't feeding correctly. I think it may need to be oiled, but I don't know how since I lost the manual. Any suggestions?

Posted by on


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Repairman can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Repairman (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


SOURCE: Singer 9410 Bobbin

a need number of spire

Posted on Dec 26, 2007

  • 3 Answers

SOURCE: skipping stiches

1) It’s possible the machine is threaded incorrectly. Remove the thread completely and rethread the machine. Be sure to use good quality thread--don't buy the cheapest you can find. A good thread will help your machine perform better and your projects last longer.

2) Poor stitch quality can be caused by the needle. Make sure you're using a new needle that's right for the job. Many times machines are taken in for repairs and all they need is a new needle. If you can't remember the last time you changed the needle--it's past time. Needles should be changed at least every eight hours of sewing.

3) When inserting a new needle, make sure the flat side of the needle faces away from the bobbin area. For example, if your machine has a frontloading bobbin, the flat side of the needle faces the back of the machine. If your machine has a side-loading bobbin, the flat side faces the right side of the machine. Some older sergers require special needles that don't have a flat side. Refer to your owner's manual to properly install a serger needle.

4) Thread that shreds or breaks can be blamed on the needle. Use a good thread and make sure the needle eye is large enough for the thread type. Also use the right type of needle for the fabric;
5) The machine tension adjustments put stress on the thread so it doesn't simply flow through the machine. When the upper and lower tensions are balanced, the stitch forms correctly. Tension is easy to adjust--stitch on fabric samples with a different thread colour for the upper and lower threads. Observe the stitch, adjusting the tension until the stitch is formed correctly. As a general rule, adjust the upper tension first. If the stitch still isn't right, adjust the bobbin tension.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008

  • 22 Answers

SOURCE: Top stitch looks good, bottom stitch is loopy

this is a common problem, don't worry it's easy to fix.  take the spool of thread off, remove the bobbin.  look for any stray thread pieces in or around the bobbin case, rethread the top of the machine and when you do, follow the threading guide precisely and ---here's the trick---make certain that the thread goes between the tension discs.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

  • 69 Answers

SOURCE: Singer Touch & Sew won't loop bobbin thread

I believe you have a broken gear. These are difficult to repair on your own.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: singer simple sewing machine will not sew

need needle threading instructions singer 3116 simple. pictures would help. thank you

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Bought an old Singer 507. Worked for about half an hour and then the spinning piece under the bobbin stopped spinning. So it does not make a stitch. I am hoping that it is something simple. HELP.

I think your talking about the hook race? Take the bobbin out and put one drop of oil in it. The oil is household oil for sewing machines and some things which i can't think of any of them. Singer has an oil that's really for any sewing machine. I'm not sure what to do if that doesn't work. I would take it out, only if you are comfortable with that, because you will have to put it back in correctly. I hope the oil helps.

Jun 14, 2017 | Singer Sewing Machines

2 Answers

How do I know the parts to be oiled in the singer mon ami deluxe sewing machine.My sewing machine has not been oiled in a very long time

Be sure to first remove any lint, dust bunnies, thread pieces from the machine (especially in the bobbin area, the feed dogs, and under the needleplate).

If it is an older mechanical machine (not computerized), open the machine as much as possible (top, side cover over needlebar, freearm, etc.). Then, using a fresh bottle of good quality sewing machine oil (or Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil from the hardware store), slowly hand rotate the handwheel toward you or gently rock the handwheel. While watching the moving parts, apply a couple drops of oil each place where metal rubs on metal. You may find oil ports where you can also apply a couple of drops (your manual may have information). Be sure to move the stitch selector dials and levers, including the feed dog mechanism. To help loosen things, you can apply heat from a handheld hairdryer.

Wipe up any excess oil and be sure to run the sewing machine on scrap fabric to avoid soiling your project fabric.

Be sure to apply a drop on the outside of the shuttle every eight hours of sewing. Thorough cleaning and oiling on a mechanical should be done about every 40 hours of sewing.


Jun 16, 2016 | Singer Sewing Machines

2 Answers

Will not zigzag or decorative stitches. New to these newer plastic style machines Always used older steel machines. This was given to me my by my sister who used it very little. Could cam be broken?

Hmm, I'm wondering if it has been cleaned and oiled recently. Older mechanicals require frequent TLC. Consult your owner's manual for cleaning and maintenance instructions:

Is your sewing machine mechanical (ie, not computerized)??? CAUTION--if your machine is computerized, do NOT proceed with the following suggestions.

If it is mechanical, have you cleaned and oiled your machine recently? Most mechanical sewing machine failures are because they have not been adequately and routinely oiled, the old oil has solidified and frozen the mechanics. I recommend Bernina oil or liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (or similar good quality sewing machine oil) for mechanical machines--do NOT use 3-in-1, cooking oil, WD-40, or the sewing machine oil from your grandmother's sewing basket. (I am not associated with any Bernina dealer.)

If it is in fact frozen, pick up a bottle of liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil at the hardware store. Oil one or two drops in every oil hole (see your manual) and also every place where metal rubs on metal. But DO NOT oil any plastic gears, rubber, or belts. If it is still stiff or frozen, direct a hot handheld hair dryer into the top and bottom mechanism of your machine. See if that loosens it up. You may have to repeat.

Once your machine is working again, place a drop or two of good sewing machine oil as directed above. Be sure to use a small brush to clean the lint and dirt out of your machine, especially around the feed dogs and bobbin area. (Caution: Compressed air will sometimes force the dirt and lint into areas that cannot be cleaned.) And continue to use good quality sewing machine oil to keep it running. Recommendation: every time you change a bobbin, after 8 hours of sewing, or every six months if it is not in regular use.

Dec 30, 2015 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

2 Answers

Fabric not feeding on singer model 750

check that the feed button or lever is in the correct position
If it is in the centre position then the feeding foot doesn't know to go forward (normal ) or reverse
If electronic controlled the maybe a service is called for.

Mar 29, 2015 | Singer Sewing Machines

1 Answer

My Singer (model 237) sewing machine will not stitch the underside (bobbin side) of the fabric. Furthermore it does not seem to feed the fabric through to the other side. The top stitches (spool) will work...

Check and see if there are any broken little pieces of thread or lint in the bobbin case. Also you may need to oil the bobbin case....but usually, lint is the culprit. Good Luck.

Jul 21, 2011 | Singer Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Have a singer 185, what servicing does it need ?

cleaning under the needle plate where the feed dogs are for lint
cleaning in the bobbin area for lint or loose threads
checking the needle to see if it's bent or blunt
oiling & greasing the machine where it needs
checking the stitches to make sure it sew correctly

Nov 26, 2010 | Singer Sewing Machines

2 Answers

Machine No. K1831(256) No.28 how do you set up the stop motion wheel to wind bobbins. It either winds bobbins whilst sewing or just free wheels. I think there must be a way of adjusting this action....

Oct 26, 2008 | Singer 7462 Mechanical Sewing Machine

Not finding what you are looking for?
Singer 3116 Simple Logo

Related Topics:

60 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Singer Sewing Machines Experts

Tally Girl
Tally Girl

Level 3 Expert

1133 Answers

Cindy Wells

Level 3 Expert

5227 Answers


Level 2 Expert

48 Answers

Are you a Singer Sewing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides