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Machine won't feed material. I have to pull while sewing.

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First of all stop pulling that will only bend your needle and cause further problems.

Check to make sure your feed dogs are engaged. There should be a switch somewhere around the sewing area front or back or perhaps under a flat bed attachment.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012

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SOURCE: backward stitching

Knowing which kind of machine you have helps alot. Just guessing but maybe the reverse mechanism is stuck and needs some oil in it to free it up. Or the buttonhole mechanism is stuck in reverse part of it.
Probably you should have it looked at.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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SOURCE: Feeding teeth on machine

There is either a "darning" option knob on machine, lower right hand, or a metal rod on top right that you use to lower the feeddogs.

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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SOURCE: I purchased an older Singer Stylist zigzag model

I can definitely help you with the owners manual. Go to http://parts.singerco.com/IPinstManuals/457A_105_125_135_143A.pdf and you can download it direct from singer, no viruses, nothing. Just save it in Adobe format.

The bobbin thread problem is called a birds' nest and can be from a number of problems. First thing to do is to change your needle, especially if it was the one you bought the machine with. It may look perfectly straight to the naked eye. But it only needs to be a little bent to cause a problem. If this doesn't clear the problem up, make sure you're using a new bobbin, freshly wound. If the bobbin isn't wound properly or is an old bobbin that's slightly bent or not quite round, it'll cause problems, too. Finally, the machine may need a new bobbin casing. Do a google search for Singer sewing machine parts and search for a bobbin casing for a model 457. You'll remove the plate from the top of the machine CAREFULLY (the screws are small, so be careful not to lose them!). Take pictures if you need to with your cell phone so you can see what to do when you need to put the new casing in. Bobbin casings are usually $25-30. This is the last thing, and I would only do this if you see that thread is catching on something in the bobbin area when you're moving the wheel by hand.

I've tried to be clear on the last bit, but I realize it can be a little awkward. If you need any other help with that, please leave me a comment back. It goes straight to my email, so I'll see it quick and will get back to you right away. The manual doesn't help a lot with your bobbin problem, so I'll do whatever I can to help you through it and get you sewing. Good for you for finding a great garage sale find!

Posted on Jun 08, 2011

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SOURCE: The machine will sew a few stitches then jam up.

Hope you are re-threading with the presser foot fully up so that tension discs are open? It sounds daft but
a change of needle often helps, you may have the wrong size in for the fabric or a blunt needle. Try re-setting the tension discs. The bobbin also has a tension spring but do note where it is before you start moving it as you may need to put it back.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011

marigold1m
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SOURCE: singer sewing machine won't pick up bobbin thread

Make sure that the area is clean and free of lint. Change the needle and rethread the machine.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011

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