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Binds up kepp getting slower and slower then bound up tight no lint and machin clean bobbin workes good 9 months old motor runs good just will not turn over any help appreciated every thing inside seems ok have service manual no t any thing in it about this thankyou

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  • Natalyn Nov 10, 2008

    Same issue here! I cleaned everything real good, only had it since Christmas, so it's still new, runs like a champ. Not stitching properly, winds up tight and sticks, pulls needle and threatens to break it, underneath is just a huge mess from the bobbin. The top thread seems to be catching in the bobbin area while it's looping around. I am in the middle of making xmas presents for everyone in my family, so if anyone can help ASAP that would be super!!!

    Thanks!

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I want to help you...you should have any problems with this machine! I can't giv eyou any advise based on the info here. Can you be more specific?

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The bobbin assembly has a lot of tangled up thread and is jammed. How do I clear it?


Avoid attempting to run the motor if the machine is bound--it may damage the motor.

Remove the presser foot and, if you can, remove the needle. Then remove the needle plate, the bobbincase, and the hook. If you are unable to remove some of them, you may need to use a small pair of scissors to snip the threads and gently pull them out with needlenose pliers or tweezers.

Once you have the thread tangle removed, clean with a soft brush to remove all the lint and thread bits and place a drop of good quality sewing machine oil (preferably Bernina oil for your machine) on the bobbin race. Install a brand new needle (in case the old one was damaged).. RAISE the presser foot, remove all the thread, and rethread from the very beginning. (The raised presser foot releases the tension disks so the thread will seat properly.) Use good quality thread--avoid old or bargain bin thread (some Berninas object strenuously to Coats & Clark thread too). Some threads create heavy lint buildup in the tension disks and bobbin area in addition to hanging up in the needle and elsewhere. Also, some fabrics shed more (ie fleece), so be sure to clean often. Try to oil your machine as instructed in the owner's manual--every time you change a bobbin, after 8 hours of constant sewing, or every 6 months if not in regular use.

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My machine will not sew. New not used but a few years old. once thread goes down to bobbin it locks and you can hear the clutch disengage. without thread you can run the needle at full speed then it


There may be a small bit of thread or lint caught somewhere in the bobbin case or bobbin holder. Brush lint away from the feed dog area, being careful not to brush lint into the workings of your machine. If you have the manual, look up how to clean lint from the bobbin. If you don't have the manual, try just taking the hook out, if possible. Run a clean toothpick around the housing and then use a clean small brush to brush out any lint or thread pieces. Put one drop of sewing machine oil on the hook of the bobbin housing. Then use a thread to "floss" your bobbin case. Run a thread through the slot and wiggle back and forth to loosen any caught thread bits. Good luck. ps If this doesn't work, repeat. Sometimes after you turn the hand wheel a bit, another piece of thread or lint will work loose and can be cleaned.

Dec 06, 2014 | Sewing Machines

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I'm in trouble deep-I was trying to fix an old


Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs


Thank you and good luck.

Jun 06, 2011 | Toyota SE-06 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I cannot get the bobbin to wind on my Model 1260 Euro-Pro. It was working fine the last time I used it. Any ideas?


Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs


Thank you and good luck.

Jun 05, 2011 | Euro-Pro 1260DX Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Cannot get the tension right and the thread keeps braking


Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs


Thank you and good luck.

Jun 05, 2011 | Singer Inspiration 4206

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Tacony sewing machine model 870 is completely bound up so tight that\r\nI can barely turn by hand


Hi. It's very likely that you need to give it a really good cleaning and oiling. Take the bobbin case out and the needle plate off and brush out all the old lint and pieces of thread. Clean the tension disks on the upper tension assembly. I find unwaxed dental floss is good to use on the disks. Consult your manual for the oiling points, but a good rule of thumb is one drop of oil whenever metal moves against metal--and use sewing machine oil, not 3-n-1 or WD-40.

Hope this helps!

Robbie

Aug 11, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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Needle does not go up and down, feed dog is up


If the machine is bound up, the first thing to look for is a small peice of thread in the bobbin shuttle. Take the bobbin out lay the machine back and look very clos and 9 out of 10 times there will be a very small strand of thread in it. Now your going to look at it and say nope, no thread. Look again, it will surprise you how one small strand can bind the whole thing up.

May 27, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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Old bernina 830 stitching problem: tight


Sounds like you need to adjust the tension. Probably a good idea to oil this older machine before you adjust. Also look for and clean out any lint or debris in bobbin case and around foot area.

Aug 29, 2009 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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Kenmore 158.19141 help!!


Hello. The 158.19141 is probably the best Kenmore sewing machine around. I use two of this same model in my sewing/alterations business and they have been totally dependable. (I also have 3 vintage Kenmore computerized machines) but the 158.19141 is my favorite model. The problem sounds as though there is dust/dirt/lint in some of the parts in the machine. Take off the feedplate, vacuum and or use a lint brush to loosen any threads and lint. Take out the bobbin case and bobbin: inspect for lint and dust. Take out the bobbin shuttle (which tends to make the threads bunch if it has lint build up). Clean or vacuum, PUT A DROP OF OIL ON THE CENTER PIN, and replace.

Oil the machine regularly. If it has sat around for months without use, it may tend to get sluggish.

Make sure your feeddogs are UP. Use an appropriate size needle for your fabric and make sure it is set properly. The flat side of the needle has to be facing to the north of the machine; and make sure the needle is inserted entirely up and tightly into the needlebar.

Threading the machine properly and inserting the bobbin correctly is usually the answer to most frustrations with a machine. Good luck...and lucky you to have the Kenmore 158.1914 model.

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