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My Singer 301 has been in the shop twice in the past year, and yet it still has problems, even though when I first get it back its fine. I recently had to take the bobbin apart to clear a bad jam, and I was so proud when I fixed it and got it all back together the right way. But now the upper thread keeps breaking, can't even get a few stitches done. It also has trouble catching the bobbin thread when I'm threading it up. Help! The warranty on the repair has run out and I certainly don't want to spend more, seeing that I've already spent $150. This is the machine I learned to sew on and I've never even taken it to a repair shop up until now. I love it and don't want to have to junk it, but also don't want to spend more money on it.

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    Polly Seale Oct 12, 2013

    Now the upper thread has stopped breaking, but it won't stitch except every 10 stitches or so, and the thread is bunching up on the underside


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It sounds like to me that the machine needs retiming if the machine is missing stitches, if I can't download the instructions here you can email me at

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SOURCE: Bobbin thread not picking up

Glad you managed to fix it yourself, in addition to the 250kms I would guess the cost would have been a lot.

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It could be that there is a loose piece of thread, or some fluff which is obstructing the tension gauge. Try blowing around the theading area (or even run the hoover pipe near it to see if you can **** it out). I cleared mine by folding a piece of non fluffy material and rubbing gently between the tension dial and machine.

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SOURCE: Upper thread will not catch bobbin thread

Your machine is out of time. It would be best to have a tech adjust the timing.

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

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SOURCE: Not catching stitches / bobbin correctly

Your timing has been messed up by breaking the needle.  When the needle hit the bobbin race, it shoved the needle bar up and now the needle is not in the correct position to catch the bobbin thread when the race rotates.  The needle has a little dip in the back, called the scarf.  When you take the neddle plate off and watch it move, you should see the little hook pass through the scarf.  That's how it makes the locking stitch and picks up the bobbin thread.  Unfortunately, you will need to take this in to a dealer or service place to have them adjust the needle bar height.  It's not a complicated task so see if they can check it while you wait.  It may be more difficult to fix, like retiming the machine.  But it doesn't sound like you've done any major damage to the mechanism.

Posted on Feb 08, 2009

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SOURCE: My upper thread has stopped picking up the bobbin thread

Try changing the needle again. I have had some cause me trouble even if new. And make sure the bobbin is in the right way.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010

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