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Have needle heating the house of the bobbin case on pfaff 1222e

Recently chaged the feeding gear on pfaff 1222e , but realised that the needle is heating on the house on the bobbing case. and dont know how to adjust. please help

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Rabi. Do you mean Hitting on the bobbin case/shuttle? That is a timing issue.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012

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    rabi_kaa Dec 02, 2012

    hi, thanks for replying, the needle doesn't go through because its heating on the house of the bobbin case (I don't know if that is the shuttle). the thing that goes round and round when you turn the wheel or sew. can you please help how to move in a correct position.

  • sylviaivie Dec 02, 2012

    hi Rabi: I can tell english is not your first language... so I will try to provide clear information. Modern "drop in bobbin" machines have 3 parts. Bobbin, Bobbin carrier and Shuttle. Typically the Carrier is plastic and the Shuttle is metal with a sharp point. The problem you are discribing sounds as if the machine has gone out of Timing. This isn't really something you can do on more modern machines. To varify that the timing is off. Remove the foot, the needle/throat plate and the bobbin cover. remove the bobbin and it's carrier. Now look for the metal point on the shuttle. When timed correctly, that point should be directly behind and slightly above the eye of the needle when the needle is at it's lowest point. If the needle hits or clicks, it's definitely out of time. Your best option is to have a professional sewing machine repair person to clean, lube and re-time your machine. Good luck.

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