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Re: singer 533 missing stiches
Replace your sharp needle, code 2020, with a ball point needle, code 2045. This usually solves the problem. You can also put "Stitch and Tear" at the bottom to help stabilize the material. If you can do not have Stitch and Tear, try a piece of tissue paper for the short term.
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Are you using interfacing or "stich and sew" type support under the fabric?
To get a good result you need to interface the fabric, and use machine embroidery thread to get a silky look to the stitching. If you are stitching onto linen then you can use a tear away stabiliser and go for a small sized needle, probably size 70.
Some machines may have a fine "stitch density" adjustment too that will allow you to stretch or close up the stitching to finesse how it looks.
However, if it seems to be missing/not fully catching the lower thread in some stitches, then your timing may be slightly out. Will it sew a wide zig zag okay?
Timing is probably best adjusted by a technician so if you try the above and its still not looking good, then take it for a service.
I have never known a sewer that hasn't experienced this before. First: make sure the upper thread is correctly threaded through the tension disks, take up lever, and thread guides. Sometimes, just missing one little thread guide makes everything mess up!. Next, make sure the groove on the needle is FACING YOU. The groove is actually a thread guide as well and if the needle is in backwards, it will cause stitch problems. Then, be sure the bobbin is inserted the right way. Your manual should show you how the thread should come off the bobbin (clockwise or counterclockwise). I have been sewing for over 50 years and there are days when I'm so eager to finish my "creation" I plop the bobbin in going the wrong direction and wonder what's wrong with my machine. While you're checking all this, be sure and use your machine brush to remove all lint in the bobbin case and between the feed dogs. Dust in the bed can cause stitches to mess up! I hope this helps. If it does, please come back and rate my suggestion!
Call Singer at 1-800-4singer, sounds like a buttonhole lever problem. Is it like that on all styles of buttonholes? Check that out before you call them, and make sure that you pull the lever all the way down.
You can try a whole new needle, inserted with the flat side facing away from you. Sometimes a burr or slight bend causes you to miss stitches. I would not attempt to set the timing myself as you may cause some damage. You can also call Singer customer service at 1-1800-4singer and they can advise you. Be very cautious of advice on the internet.
well errr???? im a man talking to you !!!! how would i know whats wrong here???? i cant stich a button on???? but ???? me thinks its not so much the bobbin thats not set right its the needle thred tensions that are wrong there far to slack, whats happening is the needle is stiching but the bobbin is not pulling up all the exess slack, you have missed threded the sewing machine? missing out the thred tenshion bit,,that or it's just not tight,,, crank it up tighter and see if this helps pull it up more under the stiching ? if im wrong slap me !
I have the same problem. Driving me nuts. The tension dial is broken, as far as I can tell. Just craps out from time to time. Sometimes turning it on and off helps. I personally think it's a problem with the electronic controls.