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I just got a singer simple 3116 and i can't get the stitches to look right. it looks like the top thread is too loose, but changing the tension doesn't change anything.

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More than likely the thread is not firmly between the tension discs.  with the pressure foot up and the needle in highest position you should be able to pull thread with resistance.  If there is no resistance, most likely the thread tension is not being controlled.

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Bottom tension is to loose


here is a link for a free manual
http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/singer-3116-simple-sewing-machine-parts.aspx

try adjustin the top thread tension and see if that helps

Mar 24, 2013 | Singer 3116 Simple

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I have a Singer


Which stitch are you using?

To check thread tension for straight stitches, use different colors of thread in your top thread and bobbin. If the top thread shows on the bottom of the fabric, turn the dial counter-clockwise (towards a lower number). If the bottom thread shows on the top, turn the dial clockwise. Do not adjust the tension too much (for example, go from 2 to 2.5 if increasing the tension) at a time; test another set of stitches. Alternatively, you can adjust the bobbin tension in the reverse directions. However, it's very easy to damage the set screw in the bobbin case so do this as a last resort. Since this is a vertical bobbin case, put the bobbin in and hold onto the thread. If the thread moves when you dangle the bobbin case, tighten the screw. Loosen the screw if the thread doesn't pull out of the bobbin when you hold the unit.

For zig-zag decorative stitches lower the tension until the puckering stops. Usually the top thread will show on the bottom of the fabric.

If the tension is not changing when you turn the dial, make sure that the presser foot is down. The sewing machine may need repair. The tension mechanism depends on a spring and that can break. See the Singer site for a parts breakdown and contact your Singer dealer for the parts.

If the top and bottom fabric are not moving at the same rate, you can get a different type of puckering. You may want to get an even feed foot if there are several layers of fabric.

The manual for the 3116 is available from Singer: http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/438_3116.pdf .

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Dec 08, 2011 | Singer 3116 Simple

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I have a singer simple 3116 sewing machine and it stitches loose upper threads. I?ve tried adjusting the tension, re threading, flipping the bobbin around, and even different fabric. But nothing seems to...


Insert a new needle, (flat side facing rear of machine), now totally rethread. Try this, with presser foot up, pull top thread, it should pull smoothly, now lower presser foot, the thread should barely move. This should seat the thread in the tension discs. If that doesn't work, call Singer at 1-800-4singer.

Dec 27, 2010 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Hi! I have a singer simple 3116 sewing machine


It is the top threading that is giving you the problem not the bobbin thread. Try this, totally rethread, the machine. A new needle will not hurt either. Now with the presser foot up, pull on the top thread, it should feed smoothly, now lower the presser foot, pull the thread again, it should barely move. This usually will seat the thread in the tension discs.
Good luck and Merry Christmas

Dec 24, 2010 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Singer simple sewing machine will not sew


need needle threading instructions singer 3116 simple. pictures would help. thank you

Mar 15, 2009 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Stitch pattern is wrong


Here's the manual,

http://safemanuals.com/user-guide-instructions-owner-manual/SINGER/3116-_M

Lets see if we can do some troubleshooting.

Have you checked your needle (size, for thread your using, material)
It sounds like a tension/settings issue, but could be as simple as poor thread quality. try changing the thread, and rewinding the bobbin. If using a silky material remember you need to back that up and make it stiff.
If this and a resetting of tension doesnt work,

Check your left side right side balance (pg 57)
Check page 84 on trouble shooting

Jan 27, 2009 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Top stitch looks good, bottom stitch is loopy


this is a common problem, don't worry it's easy to fix.  take the spool of thread off, remove the bobbin.  look for any stray thread pieces in or around the bobbin case, rethread the top of the machine and when you do, follow the threading guide precisely and ---here's the trick---make certain that the thread goes between the tension discs.

Jan 17, 2009 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Singer Simple bottom thread is loose


hi there
raise pressure foot up thread making sure thread passes between thread guide this should solve problem never alter bobbin tension,
mary h

Dec 29, 2008 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Stitch is uneven, not straight, and tension off on top and bottom


on my industrial machine this was caused by the wrong size needle. the length was off just a fraction. just an idea, in case you bought generic needles or something.

Nov 24, 2008 | Singer 3116 Simple

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