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Necchi Lydia 3 Model 544 Not Sewing Properly

I recently bought this machine from Goodwill and it is in excellent, very clean condition both inside and out so it has been well cared for.

My problem is that it appears to be sort of "stuck" when it sews.
The bottom tension and stitch looks fine but the top stitch seems to stitch in place and the material does not move through the machine without my help. The top stitch appears to be a very tiny zig zag but I have the machine set on straight stitch. I have taken the cover off and inspected the stitch selector/cam shaft thing and it appears to be moving correctly.
I have also checked that the pressure foot is correctly attached.
I have put a new needle in the machine and checked the diagrams at to ensure that I have threaded the top thread and the bobbin thread correctly. They all appear to be correct.

I have the top tension set at 5-6 and stitch width at 4. I'm not sure how to adjust the bottom tension or if that would be necessary as it appears that the bottom stitch is o.k. The stitch selector is on straight stitch according to the stitch selector knob and the little view window thing on the front of the machine.

As I don't have a manual for this machine I am sort of working blind. I would love to have this machine up and running properly as it is a beautifully solid machine and appears to be of a quality not often found today.

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SOURCE: Zig Zag Skip Stitch

your machine might have a problem with the rotary hook, it might need to get timed by a professional. 

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SOURCE: my machine is skipping stitches

before adjusting the tensions always note where they were. and always put back if it worked there before then they were right. now try the needle is it bent? try cleaning it I use canned air. get the lint out easier than the brush they send with the machine. and maybe the fabric you are using needs a special needle for stretchyfabric. hope this helps good luck

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There is a site that has instructions with how to thread the machine properly. Click here for the threading section

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SOURCE: do you still have necci Lydia model 534 and 522

Many of the parts for the Necchi Lydia have been discontinued or are very hard to find and expensive. If the bobbin case has cracks in it, you can say goodbye to the machine unless you are very persistent and are willing to spend lots of money. Find a service person who has experience with the Lydia for an evaluation.

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SOURCE: How do I thread my necchi Lydia type 544 sewing machine

Threading guide -

Make sure the presser foot is up when threading any sewing machine.

Posted on Mar 06, 2010

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