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Bobbin case hitting throat plate on singer

Bobbin case hitting throat plate on singer featherweight

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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I'm having a similar problem today. I took out the bobbin case and when I went to put it back in, the whole system locks up. I've tired cleaning, changing needle taking the metal plate and piece that holds bobbin case out and put it all back in after cleaning. Nothing. My symptom is I can't get a complete stitch, the needle goes down, the whole deal acts like it will work and as soon as the arm of the bobbin case gets to 8 o' clock on the gears, It jams and won't hardly move. I cannot pull the bobbin case out easily after this. Perhaps there is someone out there that can help us!

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

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SOURCE: singer featherweight bobbin won't pick up needle thread

pull the bobbin case out by pulling tab or flapper forward (outward toward you) and take bobbin out of bobbin case, If bobbin has thread and that it is coming off bobbin free and is not hung up on bobbin case.
let me know if this helps you,

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Singer featherweight 221 timeing is off

I am having a similar problem with my machine except it got much worse and now does not sew consistently. The needle is contacting the bobbin case. I found the following information about adjusting the timing and it looks like it might solve my problem- keeping my fingers crossed- maybe it will help you too.

Posted on Sep 19, 2009

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SOURCE: New Problem...I have a Singer CG-550. When I try

On the right of the black bobbin case there are two screws, you can slacken those screws off and move the bobbin case nearer to the guard leaving enough room for the thread to pass through, if the needle is hitting the bottom you may need to retime the machine.

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SOURCE: I have a 5050c singer The bobbin case jump out

I think that you have had the wrong size bobbin. It should be a class 66. Look in your manual, it should tell you. If, that is not it, call Singer at 1-800-4singer and ask if it sounds like the timing and if so where can you take it to get fixed. This is a nice machine, my friend, has one and it is worth getting fixed if you like it.

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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How do I set the bobbin on the singer featherweight so it does not hit he upper plate

Go to the Singer Sewing Machine Site, select Support, and there is an option to download your user's manual free. On page 7, it shows you how to insert both the bobbin and bobbin case.

I have seen many of these cases, and here is how they work. You'll notice a lever on the front of the case. When that lever is in, you can't remove the bobbin. When you need to insert the case, you have to lift the lever, making sure that the protrusion in the case is on top.

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What bobbins fit the singer featherweight 117

The Featherweight II 117 uses the Class 15 bobbin. A 4-pack of the Dritz equivalent of the bobbin is available from Amazon here: . Singer has a 10-pack of the bobbins here: . You can buy a manual from Singer, as well. (See their Instruction Manual page from the Customer Support Link then enter 117 in the Search box.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Sep 07, 2011 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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Singer machine 221(an old one made in 1935) worked perfectly. I decided to oil it. I took off the throat plate, took out the bobbin, cleaned and the needle hits on the bobbin case and will not...

If you look at the bobbin area with the bobbin case out you will notice a finger that will be swinging around and will settle at bottom when the machine is setting on a table. This finger needs to be pointing straight up at the 12 o'clock position, in the slot in the bottom of the stitch plate. When you remove the plate, it swings down and you may not notice. Lift the plate and fit the finger into the slot between the two bumpers on the bottom of the plate and I'll bet it will sew again.

Dec 13, 2010 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Singer 301a Bobbin troubles

I just had this problem, too - if you have the manual, check out page 15. If you have removed the throat plate, you need to make sure that the position finger on the bobbin case base enters a notch on the underside of the throat plate. Fixed my problem right away.

Feb 22, 2010 | Singer 5417 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a singer featherweight from the forties the machine won't run ithink something is wrong with the bobbin ithink the little finger on the bobbin case is stuck maybe thread is preventing it from...

Hi! Oh wonderful!! I am in love with these wonderful machines--have two and am always on the lookout for more. They were designed to be maintained by the user, so they're not fancy, but they will go on forever.
If you get a bit of thread (it doesn't take much) caught in the bobbin area, it will stop the machine cold. This just happened with one of my machines so I am VERY familiar with the problem. Before I go any further, let me tell you that Dave McCallum at is probably the best expert out there on repairing/maintaining these great machines. His phone number is 360-757-4777. I have his DVDs as well as his book The Featherweight and I. A lot of what I'm going to say comes from this book--and I can't recommend it highly enough. Y
Your manual will tell you how to remove the bobbin carrier. (DOn't have one? Get one at It's a free pdf download.)
You'll have to take off the throat plate first and then take out the bobbin case and bobbin. There is a hook-looking arm coming off the bobbin carrier, held in place by a TINY screw. You'll have to take this screw out and whatever you do, DO NOT LOSE IT!!! This hook is called the 'gib' and the TINY screw is, naturally, the gib screw. (Did I mention not to lose it? I use a magnetized screwdriver.)
Turn the balance wheel (the flywheel) and you'll see that the gib hook swings down to the right. This is what you want. Now, using the positioning finger, rotate the bobbin carrier until the small point on its edge above the positioning finger is about parallel with the sewing hook. THe bobbin carrier can only be taken out and put back in in this position. Pull it straight out and clean out any dust and bits of thread you find back there. Wipe the surfaces with a bit of oil on a Q-tip (being sure not to leave any lint from the Q-tip behind.) Then reassemble. Everthing should move freer, now that it's clean.
Important note: When you put the throat plate on, make sure that the positioning finger is in the slot on the underside of the throat plate.

Hope this helps!


Feb 16, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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My Featherweight 221 is ticking, ticking, ticking. It ticks with/or without the bobbin, needle or needle plate. What can I do? Kathy

Remove the bobbin case, put a drop of "sewing machine oil" into the area between where the outer shuttle is turning and the inner shuttle (the part that has the pin sticking out that the bobbin case fits onto.) Also check to see if there is a thread jam in that area. Do not remove or loosen any screws.

Feb 09, 2010 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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Futura ce-100(Singer)

Sounds like a tension problem. Email the singer company at They should be able to help!
They responded back to me the same day.

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Singer featherweight 221 timeing is off

There is a web site/group called featherweights, maybe .com or .org

See if the moderator who seems to know whats what can help. I am also sure one of the techs here will know too.

Dec 18, 2007 | Sewing Machines

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Singer featherweight bobbin won't pick up needle thread

pull the bobbin case out by pulling tab or flapper forward (outward toward you) and take bobbin out of bobbin case, If bobbin has thread and that it is coming off bobbin free and is not hung up on bobbin case.
let me know if this helps you,

Nov 10, 2007 | Singer Featherweight 140Q

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Feed Dogs, Thread Tangle

Hi Jeanette! You have a Singer Featherweight--the best sewing machine ever made! (Mine dates from 1950/51 and I wouldn't trade it for the world.) These beautiful, sturdy machines were designed to be easily repairable at home, but you'll need a copy of the Service Manual (get the Instruction manual too, if you don't have one.) Go to and check out what they have available.

I had a similar problem (needle thread not catching the bobbin thread) and the problem was that I hadn't put the needle in correctly (flat side to the left). Also, I will occasionally get thread wrapped around the bobbin housing--sewing along just great and then everything comes to a screeching halt. I'm not sure why that happens, but I'm getting pretty good at taking the bobbin housing apart. The manual is pretty clear on how to do it. You can contact me direct at for more information.



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