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Singer model 2638 will only straight stich all of a sudden

Was zig zagging just fine then it quit and will only straight stitch now. Anyone ever had this problem before and do you have a solution.

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  • angelinad Mar 11, 2009

    My singer 2638 won't do anything but straight stitch no matter what I set it to. Very frustrating. I changed the needle, oiled and cleaned the machine. Any tips?

  • Kim Blastow
    Kim Blastow Aug 07, 2015

    Did you ever find a solution to this problem besides changing the needle?

  • Kim Blastow
    Kim Blastow Aug 07, 2015

    Did you ever find a solution to this problem besides changing the needle?

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Try changing your needle. That is the most common cause for this. If you hit a pin or broke a needle, it could have been thrown out of time. Try changing the needle, that will in all likelihood correct the problem.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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How do I adjust the needle position for straight sewing?


The stitch Width selection regulates straight-stitch or zig-zag width. Needle position does not determine straight or zig-zag. Needle position just determines whether the needle's home position is center, left, or right. Needle position can be used with straight or zig-zag stitching.

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Check that your sewing machine is even capable of zig-zag. Some machines are straight-stitch only.

Consult your owner's manual.

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There is a dial or a lever that you turn it to. It usually has a straight line picture for straight stitch and a zig zag photo for the zig zag stitch.

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my suggestion is take the machine in to a sewing machine shop
to be check to see if something inside is broken or come loose
knowing the machine is in good working order gives peace of mind
instead of wanting to through it out the window
and get a instruction manual
Go to the singer website for a free pdf manual
Go to the home page
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In the box put the model number (example w265) & click search

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