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Threading diagram pfaff 1212 sewing machine

Need to see how to thread this oldie but goodie sewing machine of my mother in laws. It also needs an oiling, what exactly do I oil.

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SOURCE: Pfaff sewing machine 1469.

It is not that the thread is not being picked, it is just that the tension of both the top and bottom threads is not equal. That is why the thread at the bottom gets collected because the lower thread is loose compared to the top one. Loosen the top thread by unscrewing the thread tightner a little at a time. The problem will be sorted out when tension get equal or near equal.

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SOURCE: My Pfaff 7550 sewing machine will ball-up thread on underside

Make sure your tension is set on 5 and you don't have dirt stuck in your tension unit.

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check your needle and make sure that you put it in the right way. You should have the flat side of it to the back.

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SOURCE: Pfaff 260 bobbin thread not picking up

Hi. This can be terribly frustrating, but the most likely cause for the bobbin thread not catching is that the needle is inserted wrong. There is a flat side on the shank of every needle and that has to be facing a specific way on your machine or the needle's grooves can't make the stitch. On most modern machines, it's my experience that the flat side goes to the rear, facing away from the operator, but some of my older machines need the flat side facing to the left or to the right.

Another thing that can cause the bobbin thread not to pick up is a bent needle, but in my experience it's usually the needle not in correctly.

(Cost me $85.00 to find this out!)

Let me know if this works, ok?

Happy Sewing!


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The Kenmore that I had, takes the needle with the flat side facing the back of the machine. Then the needle is threaded front to back.

You machine is an oldie but "goodie." Make sure you clean and oil (only fresh good quality sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube) 1-2 drops every place where metal rubs against metal. Open the top, the area where the bobbin is located, and the side covering the needlebar. Gently rock the handwheel and watch where things move. Do NOT oil CAMS, plastic/nylon gears, or belts. Oh, don't forget to move the dials and levers and lube those too to keep them moving freely. Do this every 40 hours or so of sewing (or after it has been stored or unused for a period of time) and your machine will serve for many more years. If the machine starts laboring or seizing, it needs TLC.


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My hand wheel is hard to move and will not make a complete turn unless I manually move it. Foot pedal all the way down.

Is the motor straining? If so, do not continue to force the motor to run the machine. It could burn it out and you will then be replacing the motor in addition to repairing the other problem.

Is your machine mechanical or computerized? If computerized, check that no thread is wrapped in the bobbin area or around the handwheel. May need to be taken to a technician for repair.

If mechanical, the machine could be seized due to lack of regular cleaning and oiling. With a soft brush, remove any lint, dust, thread pieces, fuzz, etc. from the bobbin area, the feed dogs, and under the needle plate. Then oil:
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Need to know where to oil parts in my oldie but goodie Kenmore! Do not have manual. Where can I download a free manual for this model?

If it's an oldie (mechanical), then you can probably remove the top, slowly hand-rotate the handwheel and apply a couple drops of fresh, good quality sewing machine oil every place that metal rubs on metal. Do Not oil plastic, cams, or belts! You may see oil ports (little holes located near joints) where you can apply oil.

Then access the bottom part of the machine and do the same there. Be sure to oil the feed dog mechanism. Apply a drop of oil to the outside of the shuttle.

Move the dials and levers and oil those mechanisms too.

Be sure to run some scrap fabric through the machine in case there is excess oil.

If things are a little sluggish, direct heated air from a handheld hair dryer into the internal mechanics (top & bottom).

Cleaning and oiling your machine frequently will keep it (and you) happy and healthy!


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Okay, from the pictures I found, you have an oldie but a goodie. This is a mechanical machine and most likely has been setting without use for some time. It needs a good cleaning and oiling. The old oil has dried and turned to goo, preventing the parts from moving. If you have the manual, consult the instructions for oiling and cleaning. Use good quality sewing machine oil (NOT 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the oil you found in your grandmother's sewing basket).

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