When I attepted to move the levers they would not move, I removed the top lid, there is a post with a rectangular piece of metal near it's top, that part flips back and forth by hand. In between that part and the cam stack is a part that goes down between them that is attached to another post. The problem is you have to move the flipper part by hand in order to allow that part that goes between it and the cam stack in order for it to be able to go up and down, thing it's for changing the stitch's on the cams. I can manually get it to work, if there is an adjust ment to remedy this problem I sure would be greatful for your assistance. I was given 4 of these machine's at different times and all have the same darn problem. Thanks so Much, Sydney in TN
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You are stuck in buttonhole. The selector knob does not spin round and around. It is moved from Stitch 1 to stitch 14 and back. Try selecting buttonhole and then running the knob in the other direction to straight stitch. If that does not work, (1) drop the lever that senses the button hole attachment, (2) sew a few stitches backward, (3) push the button hole lever rearward, once, hard, (4) rotate the stitch selector to straight stitch.
Apparently, that machine came with a manual for the 6235--if you have searched, that's why you can't find it, and others are looking for it as well. You can download that manual free from the Singer site (singerco.com). I took a look at it, and it looks like there's a sliding lever on the top that governs stitch length, and a slider under the stitch selector that allows you to select the zigzag width.
Have you installed the stitch selector pattern module for the patterns you want, seated it properly as outlined on page 52 of the instruction book following all 7 steps? (Page 54 identifies the knobs and lever's that need to be moved to successfully install the pattern module)
If that is done correctly, then selecting a stitch is done with the stitch selector lever being moved under the letter corresponding to the stitch you are trying to select. (Shown beginning page 55) You also need to move the stitch length knob as indicated.
You will need to be sure you are following the instructions very carefully as there are a number of settings that need to be made to ensure you get the stitch you are trying to achieve.
The machine has a series of cams inside and a cam follower which slides up and down the cam stack. The problem most likely is the cam follower is not moving back far enough to allow the lever to move. This can be adjusted but it is difficult to do if you are not familiar with sewing machine mechanics. please follow my link. I may be able to guide you.
Rest assured, there IS a way to get it off! However, in your case, I would purchase the service manual for your machine; it will describe how to get the sides and top off, and in which order they should go. For instance, It's possible that before you take off the top, you have to take off one side. You can purchase it for a nominal sum; http://www.sewingpartsonline.com has a great many of these service manuals, and if they don't have it, they can order it for you.
My wife just had this a similar problem with her Singer Omega 36 where she could sew straight and select patterns but could not zig zag. If you open the top of the machine you can see where a little lever connects to the white plastic pattern module that gets inserted in the top. The reason for the problem was that the lever was not touching the bottom of the module properly. The notches on the module cause the needle to move from side to side creating a zig zag. The module needs to be inserted correctly, by this I mean fully and the correct way around or it does not reach the lever when it is in the A position. At first inspection it looks the module could be inserted any way around but there is a thin and a fat clip. You need to try both ways to see which on sits lower in the machine. You may now need to adjust the tension on the machine as the lever will nowe move differently inside the machine. This fixed my wifes problem.
Are you certain that the pattern selector is set for straight stitch and not buttonhole?
Turn the handwheel so that the needle is up and the take-up lever is in it's highest position. Then turn the pattern selector knob through all of the patterns back and forth a few times. Finally, select straight stitch and see if the length works. If not, need to take it to a repair person to determine the course of action.