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My Viking 980 sewing machine does not catch far right stitchs. I would like to fix it myself. I have been advised it is likely a timing or needle position problem.

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  • bagaduce May 12, 2009

    Is this where I post clarifications for radcal from bagaduce?
    I was able to "fix" my viking 980 by putting the needle in a bit lower.
    Now I would like to lower the bar correctly rather than cheat the machine. Is this a simple adjustment? Does it require removing the casing. If so, how? 

  • bagaduce May 17, 2009

    There are no authorized repair techs in my area. I located the screw to raise the bar and my machine seems to be running fine now, hopefully. Thank you.

  • radcal May 11, 2010

    I agree with either timing or needle position. Have you measured either?



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It could still be either problem. Lowering the needle is kind of like curing a cough by not breathing. You still don't know if you have bronchitis or emphysema, but you will stop coughing.

Is the needle centered in the plate side to side?
Does your zigzag have equal clearance on either side in the plate?

Check timing by lowering needle bar to lowest position and then raise it 2.5mm, push the hook back into the driver and the tip of the hook should center on the needle. (raising the bar 2.5mm is easily done with a setting gauge available to authorized technicians)

If timing is correct, set the needle bar height by loosening the screw in the cross head and adjust the bar up or down so that the hook crosses above the eye of the needle while in the far right needle position.

Adjusting the bar height will be the equivalent of lowering the needle but check the timing first. If it is off, the machine will sew but the stitch quality will be poor.

You really should try to find an authorized repair technician in your area. If you change the wrong thing you may make the problem worse and it will just cost that much more when you have someone fix it for you. Also, the tolerances are very close on these adjustments. You may thing that raising the needle about 2.5mm is close enough on the timing check. For that measurement, there is no tolerance. If you go to 2.4 or 2.6 your stitch quality will suffer.

Posted on May 13, 2009


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