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The presser foot on the brother xl-5130 has fallen off

I have a model of the Brother XL-5130 sewing machine from 1963. As I was sewing with it the piece that holds the needle up and a hook that must help somehow has fallen off. I figured out how they fit back together, but they just fall apart again once I resume sewing. Is there a way to fix this without purchasing a whole new part?

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SOURCE: Brother XL-5130 Sewing Machine

Put the thread through one of the holes. Then put the bobbin on the spindle. Pull about 3 or 4 inches out of the hole and hold on to it. Start winding the bobbin. After about ten turns, or when the winding thread is secure, you can stop the machine and cut off this 3 or 4 inch tail. To insure that the thread winds up and down the bobbin and not off the top or bottom, there is probably a metal bobbin tension disk that the thread must pass around before it goes to the bobbin. It is probably on the left of the machine and may or may not be part of a thread guide. The thread must pass around this disk on its way to the bobbin in order to put tension on the thread so it will wind properly. If you can't find the disk, which is a small metal button or screw with some type of somewhat moveable spring cap, you can just get the thread to pass through your thumb and forefinger. Hold your hand 6 or 8 inches to the left of the bobbin and pass the thread between your thumb and forefinger so that it makes the thread go in a direct straight line to the bobbin. Pinch the thread only enough to keep it taught but not tight and let it flow through your finger to the bobbin. The thread should go up and down evenly on the bobbin. If not, move your hand up or down to position it so the thread will wind up and down smoothly. It will not be necessary to move your hand once you find the correct position needed for winding.

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There is a small screw on the bobbin holder. Tighten it SLIGHTLY. This will increase the bobbin tension.

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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make sure that when you insert the thread *top hole bottom to top* that you turn the bobbin itself until you hear a click *that is the spring sliding into the ****.

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got a machine handed down to me from my grandmother but she didn't teach me how to thread it. can some one please help me?

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The needle holder has a screw right above the screw that holds the needle in place. It really doesn't look like a screw because it does not appear to have a slot for a screwdriver. However, with a small flat head screw driver you can tighten it up. There is also a curverd wire that must be inserted into a slot at the bottom of the holder. The screw tightens against the wire that tightens against the post. (It's a curved wire that curves around the front part).

Posted on Aug 20, 2009

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I am not too sure of what you mean by the ankle, do you mean the part that holds the foot on? That is called a presser foot holder, that only screws on. You can call Brother at 1-877-276-8437 and order from them or go to www.sewingpartsonline.com and order that part plus 10 attachments for $24.50 that is a pretty good deal actually, because yours didn't come with many extra feet. If, you decide to do that search for "presser foot holder" and the click Brother, but you have a low shank and Singer will also work. Good luck

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it's called a needle clamp-check sewingpartsonline.com
on the left hand side click on brother parts
go down till you find your model number there is a brother xl 5130
it's close to the bottom of the page
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If you do not have a manual, you can download (free) from the Brother site.

http://www.brother-usa.com/manuals/default.aspx?PGID=3&R3ModelID=XL5340

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