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Anna had this problem with her Pfaff 332 sewing machine, I do too

When bobbin case is out, I see that the inner part of where it normally snaps in, spins around, and blocks the spot where the needle is to come
cleanly down and back up with the thread from the bobbin. Is this a timing problem? Can I fix this myself? I have a Pfaff 332 sewing machine.

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  • curryhill Jan 31, 2009

    Thanks Ginny, but the needle is fine, a new bobbin case for such an old machine would be difficult to find and that doesn't seem to be the problem. The upper thread gets tangled behind the bobbin receptacle somehow. The fact that the inner part of the bobbin receptacle free rotates seems to be a part of the mystery. I'll keep trying. thanks again.

  • MULLAND May 08, 2009

    I HAVE A PFAFF PERFORMANCE 2058.PURCHASED IN DEC.08. THE BOBBIN THREAD KEEPS LOOPING UP WHEN I SEW A SEAM. MULLAND@VERIZON.NET

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I believe that the bobbin case holder has become unlatched, for lack of better terminology. I have one of these machines, and my first experience with one was exactly as you are describing. A friends grandmother brought it to me because it kept breaking needles and wouldn't complete a stitch.Put the bed table in the lowered position, leaving the free arm exposed. Remove your needle, presser foot, and bobbin case, leaving the bobbin door open. Next remove the two screws that hold in the feed plate, and remove the feed plate. Looking down into the bobbin area, manually turn the bobbin case holder. There is a small slot in the top of the bobbin case holder, look for it as you turn. A small latch protruding from the bed plate is supposed to be clipped into that slot, and if the latch is still there, you likely will not be able to rotate the holder into place: This is good news, it means nothing is broken. Loosen the three screws (two silver on the top of the bed plate and one black in the area where the feed plate goes) which hold the bed plate in place, but do not remove them. You should be able to lift the bed enough to get the holder into place, and then set the bed back down and tighten the screws. Reassemble everything, throw in a new needle and see how it goes!

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    Christopher O'Clair Mar 25, 2009

    Curryhill,

    Are you up and sewing? Here's hoping so: Let me know if I can help with anything else.

    ~Christopher


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Hi - it is possible that your needle is bent. Insert a new needle and check again - if you have the same problem, your timing is probably off. You could try buying a new bobbin case to see if that solves the problem. If you have had your machine tuned up within the last year or two, I would recommend a tune-up. If you know of a reputable sewing machine repair shop or dealer, the tune up should include correcting the timing and will extend the life of your machine.


Good luck,

Ginny

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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    talk2ginny Feb 03, 2009

    Hi again - is this machine new to you, or have you had it for awhile? When the case is out, are you looking at the bobbin case, or at your machine (where you put the bobbin case when you are ready to sew)? When the bobbin case is in the machine, does the needle move down into the bobbin case, or does the needle hit the outside of case because the opening is in the wrong position? Does the bobbin case spin freely when you insert it into the machine, or does it "snap" in place and remain stationary until you begin to sew?

    If you don't have a manual for your machine, I did locate a site where you can purchase a downloadable manual for $5.00:

    http://gotoes.org/sales/PfaffSewingMachi...

    I also found a site where you can buy a bobbin case for your machine. The price is 18.00.

    http://www.singersewingsandiego.com/pfbo...

    Last but not least, I found a site that sells the service manual:

    http://www.sewingmanuals.net/pfaff-230--...

    I hope this helps. If you have more details for me, please feel free to comment before investing in manuals or a new case and I will try to give you more useful suggestions.

    If the info above isn't helpful, please feel free to rate it as such - ratings help me learn what is helpful and what is not.

    Good luck - you have a wonderful machine. When we get the bobbin problem figured out, the machine will perform well for you. BTW, I also found a site that sells the stitch wheel, which describes how to set the machine for decorative stitching. If you don't have that card - let me know and I'll list the link for that site.

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    talk2ginny Feb 07, 2009

    Hi, if thanks for taking the time to leave a rating. If I can be of more help, or if you would like me to refer to another FixYa sewing expert, please let me know and I'll be happy to do so.




    Cheers,
    Ginny

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SOURCE: timing my pfaff 332 sewing machine

There are two parts to the sew hook on that machine. The outer part has the hook point that grabs the thread off the needle. Then there is an inner part which has a post in the center of it that the bobbin case fits on to. The inner part should be held in place with an arm that has a bump on it. It keeps the inner part from spinning around. Sometimes this arm slips loose and a notch in the inner part of the hook assembly slips out from under the knob on the arm. If this is what is happening, you need to loosen the screw holding the arm in place and reposition the notch of the inner part of the hook back under the bump on the arm. There needs to be clearance between the notch and the bump for the thread to pass between the two. And the bump should be in line with the needle when it is in its lowest position.
If this doesn't solve the problem you need to take the machine in for repair.

Wayne

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