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I have a Singer Featherweight 221-1 that won't form a stitch

I just bought the machine and the lady assured me that it worked o.k. but I can't get it to form a stitch. I am pretty sure that I have it threaded right and I changed the needle but it still won't stitch

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    Mazie Niles Jan 10, 2009

    I have already checked that and it was in right but thanks for at least trying

  • Beth Gierman
    Beth Gierman Dec 12, 2017

    I was given a 221 featherweight. It will not pick up a bobbin thread.... hangs the needle thread on the bobbin assembly and breaks.

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The needle goes in with the flat side on the left and you thread it from right to left ,hope this helps

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I Love the Singer Featherweight! Likely, the top tension, or the bobbin tension is out of 'whack'. If you sew a few stitches on a double scrap of fabric, what do you see?
In a balanced stitch, the threads meet in the middle. If the top thread is straight, then the top tension is very tight. Loosen it. Ditto, the bottom thread. Loosening (or tightening) the bottom tension requires a very small straight/slot screwdriver. Most sewing machines come with a box of parts, and the screwdriver is one. Or find one.
When the machine skips stitches, the needle needs sharpening. If you take it out, and feel a burr - you can 'sharpen' it with an emery board. Both of my Grandmothers taught me that one. - Julia

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Don't for get to try a brand new needle. A lot of sewing machine problems are a result of old, dull, bent needles.

https://singer-featherweight.com/blogs/schoolhouse/how-to-thread-a-singer-featherweight

Usually, if the top thread will not pick up the bobbin thread, the machine is probably out of time--the needle and hook are not in sync. Search for sewing machine timing or take it for service.

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I've had stitches go to pot w/ my Featherweight for the following two reasons: 1.  Needle isn't pushed far enough up into the shaft (most common     reason for me) 2.  Thread caught in bobbin assembly.  You have to unscrew the gib  screw and use a flashlight to find it.  Last time I did that, it was on a machine I'd just bought - 7 (!!) long threads were embedde there!  But it only takes one to mess you up. Good luck!  Vintage featherweights usually screw up because of the operator - I also learned THAT from experience!

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You can only adjust tension when the pressure foot is down. The manual explains how to 'reset' the tension dial to read correctly. I'm a novice, but this is one of the first problems I had, the tension was so far off, the bottom stitch was pulling down the top stitch and ugh, what an ugly stitch.
Anyway, I'm still learning the tension and stitch lengths that work best w/what material. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009

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