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Singer 5050 zipper foot

Machine came with a plastic zipper foot. I switched it out properly, but thread is knotting on bottom immediately and fabric won't move along at all. Is it because it's plastic?

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  • lexierdh Feb 25, 2009

    Was told at local sewing center to really put my foot down on the peddle! He didin't try to sell new zipper foot, but also didn't mention tread tension - was at 4-5. Will change & let ya know! Thanks!

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No, the foot has nothing to do with the stitch quality. Your machine is jamming up, check your upper tension. It should be set between 3-5. Make sure the dial has not changed by mistake.

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Usually, thread bunching under the fabric is an upper tension issue. Be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread.

With the bobbin case operating at a tilt, there is something mechanically wrong with the machine. It may be best to take it for service.

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Dollars to donut holes, you either threaded the top of the machine with the presser foot down (it has to be UP to let the thread into the top tension), or you're trying to sew with the presser foot still up (which is an issue common to people trying to sew bulky seams).

Take the thread off the top of the machine, take out the bobbin case and give the machine a cleaning, rethread the machine, fetch up the bobbin thread and hold the bobbin and top thread ends together under and behind the presser foot for the first 2-3 stitches of each seam.

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When sewing and you need to reposition the fabric, make sure the needle is down into the fabric before raising the presser foot.

When the presser foot is up, the tension opens and does not control the flow of the thread and you get a messy stitch or a jam.

Refer to page 84 of the manual for your machine. If you do not have a manual, download one free at the Singer Co. website. It is important to

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Try oiling the hook if you haven't recently.
Check you needle plate and hook for damage, they may need to be buffed or sanded smooth.
Check your upper tension discs for lint and double check your upper thread path (proper threading).
There are other things like hook timing, needle clearance or broken check spring that may be wrong but you need a technician for those things.
best of luck!

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