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How can I adjust the timing on a brother ls 1217 sewing machine

Machine is not creating stitches, and I am sure the needle is in correctly, good thread, machine threaded correctly etc. Also, I may have a broken tension spring. How do I change that?

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Unfortunately, it's not recommended for users to repair their own brother machines. It sounds like the timing is out anyway... to take it in and have it "Cleaned, Lubed, timed and the Tension repaired"

Or you could use it for target practice and just go buy another machine.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012


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I have the same problem...I have been sewing for many years, and I think I know how to thread a sewing machine! I'm with this person...IT JUST WON'T PICK-UP THE THREAD machine was new, only used it a few times, then one quit woking, it just will not load the bottom thread, I have tried everything, but to take it to a shop.

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SOURCE: Thread in needle or bobbin keeps on breaking

The tread only breaks in the needle. what can i do . i don't get to sew anything . I tread the needle and get everything ready and start the machine and as quickly as that the tread is broken and the machine has not sewn at all.

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My machine was doing the same thing its a sunstar 340-bl.Any way it was caused by aplying to much tension.To put back in remove barrel buy undoing grub srew,once removed, barrel will have one or two screws these are what hold tension shaft under tension in place.I can not advise on how much tension as i have different machine and once you destroy your spring thats it,you need a new one.To much tension causes it to untwist.

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Make sure you are threading the machine correctly and it has the proper tension. Also check the bobbin the thread has to go thru the little lash

Posted on Jun 14, 2009

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How do i check if the timing is correct

Put in a new needle. Thread machine with same thread top and bottom. Set upper tension to default (4/5 usually) and sew in straight stitch with needle in default position (usually centre) some times left. Turn hadwheel by hand towards you for the first two stitches to ensure needle not hitting hook or driver. If machine sews find, then try the zig zag. If both these are good, timing is good. If not, and stitches are skipping or not forming, it could be a timing issue and you should take it to a tech

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Need to know what the knobs are for

Are you sure that it's a Singer LS-1217? I can't find any model with 1217 on the Singer site.

The Brother LS-1217 manual is available here: . The direct link to the English version of the manual is . There are only a few knobs on most machines. On the front near the needle is the Needle Thread Tension knob. If you use contrasting colors (different top, bobbin and fabric colors), you might see a straight stitch where the top thread is visible on the bottom of the fabric for example. Adjust the tension to get both the top and bobbin threads meeting in the middle of the fabric layers. (Increase the needle thread tension - rotate to a higher number but go in 0.5 increments.)

Then you have near the motor area the stitch width and length knobs. The width is only for zigzag stitches. A long stitch length is good for a temporary seam (like basting in a zipper or hem) before you finish that area. However, the width and length should be adjusted depending on the fabric. A fine fabric needs a smaller stitch, usually. The knob on the right side of the machine is the balance wheel (or hand wheel). This adjusts the needle height so that you can have the needle out of the way while changing the bobbin, for example.

I hope this helps.

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(I use the Singer Sewing Book as a reference for tension issues.)

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How do I tune up a brother ls 1217

Ok.. that sounds like a timing problem. But let me ask you this... Do you ever turn your hand wheel backwards? If so break yourself of that habit. Turning the wheel the wrong way often throws off the timing, sometimes even breaks stuff inside.

If you have already spent 3x what you paid for the machine, donate it and get another better machine. Janome, Pfaff, Husqvarna area all better than Brother.

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Machine does not pull up thread from bottom bobin

Make sure the machine is threaded correctly. Make sure the needle is in the machine correctly. Make sure you are threading the needle from the right direction. If all of this is correct, the machine may be out of adjustment and needs to go see the doctor!

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Top thread won't pull up the bottom thread

make sure needle is in with flat facing back and pushed all the way up in needle holder. thread needle from front to back, and ensure a bobbin with thread is correctly inserted in machine with approx 2-3 inches of thread hanging off it.

wind machine over (top of handwheel toward you) gently holding the needle thread (do not hold taught or hook may not catch loop underneath needle plate) and the bottom thread should come wrapped around the needle thread after you have turned 1 revolution and stopped with takeup lever at top.

if you have done all of this and the bobbin thread will not come up, try sewing on scrap fabric and see if the stitches are correctly formed. if so all is good, if not, it sounds like your hook timing is out and will require a tech to repar.



Jul 29, 2009 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Skipped stitches

Change the needle first and make sure it is inserted correctly. Use good thread i.e.: Guterman or Metler are some. If you are using a stretch material then put a stretch needle in the machine. If you do all this and it still skips then you may have a mechanical problem with the machine. The machine is "out of timing". Have a good tech. look at it. This happens quite frequently on "inexpensive" machines. Sorry.

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The WEDGE POINT NEEDLE, which is designed for leather and vinyl, easily pierces these fabrics to make a hole that will close back upon itself. This eliminates unattractive holes in the garment, and also reduces the risk of the stitches tearing the fabric. The wedge point needle comes in sizes 11 to 18. The size 11 needle is designed for soft pliable leathers,while size 18 is designed for heavy or multiple layers of leather or vinyl.

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