Singer 7444 won't wind my bobbin... please help...
The machine stops starts to beep and flashes on the stitch number window with 88 on it, the needle doesn't go in stop mode when my winder is pushed to the far right. I did everything by manual, it doesn't work, is my machine defective ? I just got it for christmas and yesterday was my first time winding the bobbin...
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Turn your machine off and leave it off. Remove all bobbins - in the machine & from the pin. Remove all thread - from threaded machine and bobbin thread path. Clip the machine thread at the spool and pull the needle thread towards yourself. Clip bobbin thread at spool and close to bobbin, then pull towards you through thread guides. This keeps the tension where it belongs. Move the bobbin winding shaft from normal sewing back to winding bobbin a couple times. It should click in place when moved to the winding position. Check to see if there is any thread that has slipped under the bottom of the bobbin and wound itself around & under the bottom of the shaft. Carefully unwind to clear. If the shaft does not easily move back to the sewing position it is probably stuck in the winding position. Don't force it, but try to get it out of the winding position. Leave it to the left in the normal sewing position (unclicked). Check to see if there is any thread caught anywhere along the path from spool to the winding pin. Pay close attention to the first thread guide and the two discs the thread slips between that control tension. Hand wind the wheel on the right towards you to raise and lower the needle a couple of times. Stop with needle in highest position. Do NOT wind hand wheel backwards (away from you). Make sure the bobbin pin is not in the winding position. Now turn on your machine. Needle should jump to default position. Move the stitch length and stitch width guides to the far right, then far left, to attain the green lights. Press the reverse stitch button to raise lower and raise the needle. It will stop in the highest position. If you still have the error code - make sure the bobbin winding pin is NOT in the winding position. Remove the needle. Lower the presser foot and run the machine without any thread a bit. If the needle bar does not go up and down most likely the bobbin pin is stuck in the winding position. If the code has cleared use your manual to carefully wind a new bobbin. Make sure you are using a 15J bobbin which this machine requires. It will not work with just any bobbin. Next, raise the presser foot then carefully thread the machine. If you don't have a manual you can download one from the Singer website. You might consider cleaning the entire machine paying special attention to the hook area and feed dogs while the power is off. If you find a lot of lint do this more frequently to prevent buildup. Take special care when replacing the bobbin care. Hope this helps. If not call Singer. It may take some time but you should be able to reach someone to help you troubleshoot. If this is an older machine I recommend taking it for repair yourself instead of sending to Singer
You said "trying to THREAD the bobbin." Did you mean it happens when you put an empty bobbin on and push the spindle to the right? Is your needle all the way up? If so, pull the buttonhole lever ALL the way down, then smack it up, and check to make sure the twin needle lever is not selected. Frankly, I'm not in love with that system anyway; you might think about purchasing an inexpensive Sidewinder for less than $20. You can order from WalMart online; if you pick it up at a WalMart or FedEx facility like Kinko's, shipping is free. Believe me, you'll do yourself a favor; many problems with these machines are actually caused by loosely wound and/or badly wound bobbins. Also, think about purchasing prewounds; they're actually cheaper than winding your own.
It sounds like you don't have any tension on the thread when winding the bobbin. Make sure that you are running the thread through the tension disc on the top of the machine before going to the bobbin winder.