Question about Singer 5417 Mechanical Sewing Machine
The back of my fabric is a mess,,,the front stitch looks fine but the back is really messed up. Thread is not tight and its a jumble mess.
Change the needle --make sure it's the right one for the fabric
rethread the machine top and bobbin
make sure the bobbin is turned the right way in the bobbin case
also check the top thread tension, if the stitches under the fabric
are loose adjust the top thread tension one number or letter higher
at a time and sew on a scrap piece of fabric till the stitches look
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Try these time savers:
Test your thread quality to start, thread your machine and LIFT the presser foot (this opens the tension disks). Pull your top thread straight back. If you feel no tension no mater how much thread you pull, your thread is good. If that your machine passes that test, then let me know, we can go to step 2. If not, try different spool of thread, same test until you get a smooth pull (tip: always check your thread this way when you thread your machine)
Pull on your threaded bobbin thread while it’s in the machine. Does it pull smooth and even? If so, go to step 3. If not, try a new bobbin (bobbins get bent or distorted if wound too tight).
Clean thoroughly in the hook and bobbin case area and oil 1-2 drop is all.
Posted on Mar 18, 2009
It is usually your top threading causing the problem. Totally rethread, make sure that the thread is not tangled, put in a new needle, now with the presser foot up, pull on your top thread, it should pull smoothly, then lower the presser foot, it should barely move. This should seat the thread in the tension discs. It probably would not be a bad idea to clean and oil your machine now, too. I don't know if you would want to, but I have taken off the throat plate and found lots of lint in there that I wouldn't be able to see otherwise. It almost looks like felt sometimes and there shouldn't be any "felt" there. I hope I helped you.
Posted on Dec 08, 2010
What you have going on is a bobbin problem. The knots are referred to as birds' nests and happen when your bobbin thread gets caught on a piece of the bobbin casing. The large, loose stitches are normally caused by a problem with the bobbin case, a bobbin that is would properly, or when you're getting to the end of the bobbin's thread and the thread is loosely would on the bobbin at that point.
You're best bet is probably to buy a new bobbin casing. They're usually about $25 or so and you should be able to find one on eBay by searching for Singer (your machine name and model) under the Crafts category. The silver plate on top of the area covering where you place your bobbin into has screws you need to carefully remove (careful not to loose them!). If you need to, take pictures with your cellphone or digital camera as you remove the old bobbin casing so you can see how to put the new one in.
This should take care of the problem. If, for some reason it doesn't, you may well have a problem ALSO with your bobbin tension, and that should be looked at by a Singer Technician. You can find one in the yellow pages near you or probably by searching Yahoo Local. Happy Sewing.
Posted on Apr 04, 2011
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