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8280 pedal power even though light is on.

After hitting walls from Singer's and Singer repair service center on my six month old Singer 8280 I refused to pay the $79.95 charge for the service center to take it apart when I paid $89.95/99 for it in Sep 2008. Singer sent a new pedal cord connector after several days of going back and forth to prove I am the only and original owner. By then I had taken the machine apart myself up to the front casing looking for something broken. I had the same complaints the other postings have had with thread problems several times before the machine quit. I found a large gob of grease at the back of the bobbin on the drive shaft tangled up with thread in it. There was grease all over the back area and around the back of the bobbin. I cleaned it up and wiped it out, put the machine back together with three screws left biggie then connected the new pedal when it arrived. It sewed 8 inches and stopped. Died. No power to the pedal, but the light was still on.

An email back to "talketous" came back to me saying the problem is in the power outlet connection then, and I would need to take it or ship it to a service center to have the outlet replaced. I asked them to send me a schematic of the power outlet connections and the part number of the outlet so I can replace it myself along with instructions on how to get the last part of the front casing off because there is one area close to the feeder plates that will not release. If I can get this casing off I can check and replace the power plug connector. And Oh Yes I learned the two year warranty is virtually useless that the repair center will only honor it if it is sent directly to them from Singer.

This machine was headed to the dumpster area until the email came in telling me a replacement foot pedal had been shipped. Unless someone has some answers on this it will soon be dumpster fodder. I am looking for a gear or belt driven electric machine now. I'm irritated.

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SOURCE: Singer Futura CE-250 Connection Error

I just had this same problem and tried the above - didn't fix it. So, I put the software into the CD drive and re-connected the usb from the sewing machine to the computer. Windows then prompted me to allow it to install the hardware (this really means install the little program that is called a driver which allows your computer to talk to a piece of hardware.) Windows found the driver on the CD all by itself and within minutes, I was ready to go. Why did our machines do this?? Probably a Windows update recently erased the info need by the computer, so it had the re-install the driver for the sewing machine.

Worked for me - I hope it works for you!

Posted on May 20, 2008

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SOURCE: Singer 2010

If model 2010, the problem is a part metal- part plastic part attached to the bottom of the bobbin winding lever, the white tear-shaped thing with the arrow on it. If that will turn past the center of the bobbin it's broken inside. to try a do-it-yourself fix, turn upside down, remove 4 screws, including one by the plug (which must be pulled out for safety anyway) remove bottom case. looking at left end of the works, move the bobbin lever and you'll see the broken part move. The plastic part should be broken about half-way down. You can see how the part should push the white plastic bobbin winding shaft up and down when lever moved. the part can be removed by loosening the 2 tiny hexnuts holding it on the metal shaft. you'll need the smallest size allen (hex) wrench there is. NOTE where the part is at bottom of the metal shaft for when you put have to put it back on. be careful to hold the bobbin winding shaft itself in place, but it's easy to see how it goes back in if it pops out. if the break is clean (like my wife's that I just fixed this way yesterday!) you can put a drop or 2 of good crazy glue in the break, making sure lined up on the sides, then clamp in a vise (or hold firmly together with pliers) for at least 10 mins, longer better. wait at least an hour before putting back. putting back on is a little tricky but you move the bobbin lever to left (open) position, make sure it's just on the end of the shaft (shaft barely protruding) and see where the part isn't pushing the bobbin winding shaft. re-tighten with hex wrench then see if the repaired part now pushes the bobbin winding shaft up and down when you move the lever back and forth. Turn back over and move the lever without a bobbin spool- you should see shaft move up in the middle of bobbin case where it will engage the bottom of the bobbin spool where the x is.
Now if part can't be fixed it is available from auth Singer service center in you state but runs $40 or so. they'll try to tell you they have to install it because of special anti-static gloves that wont fry your motherboard on the machine's computer, but the center in Michigan finally said they would mail it to me. hope this helps! funny I just saw this after fixing our machine which hadn't been used for a long time until I decided I might as well look inside if I was going to have to buy her a new machine!!!

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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SOURCE: I have a Singer 6268 electronic machine (25 years

The nylon timing gear may have broken up or the top gear amy have broken up, you need to get into the top and have a lokk and also under the bobbin case area in the bottom of the machine, iof thge gears have broken you can buy the gears quite cheaply and fit them yourself, I do have full instructions to retime the machine.

Posted on May 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Installing the hook and bobbin assembly.

The plastic bobbin case should sit on top of the raceway, it should slot in quite easily, once the bobbin case is in put the small metal clip at the top over to hold it in place.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Singer 8280 bobbin thread not taken up by needle

needle in backwards?

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

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