Gear in bobbin has dropped and needles break constantly
I took my machine to a repair shop here in Nashville, TN, and was told that a "gear in the bobbin had dropped". Also told me I would have to contact Necchi. Where can I get it repaired here in Nashville, TN, or close by?
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Re: gear in bobbin has dropped and needles break...
This is not a complicated sewing machine. Any competent Independent dealer should be able to take care of this problem. Call around and tell whom ever you speak with that the hook drive gear is probably out of adjustment and you want to know if they can do a complete service on this machine and do they guarantee their work. sewman7
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That is usually a sign of broken drive gears in the machine, it has 3 in the bottom and 2 in the top. You probably need to take it to a repair shop to be sure. If you replace one gear, change them all or they will break too. It is the age of the machine and the parts are getting brittle. Unless you really love it, I would replace the machine with a newer one.
Check around the bottom inside the machine. If it is not sticking in the needle plate or stuck in the bobbin area, then it has dropped all the way through. Be sure to remove not only the bobbin, bobbin case, but also the hook if possible. You may be able to tilt your machine or gently shake it and the needle will appear.
always make sure the needle is inserted correctly and all the way up into the needle holder try a different bobbin make sure the bobbin is turned the right way in the bobbin case make sure the bobbin case is inserted correctly in to the machine if it's a front or side loading bobbin case make sure the top thread has not come off the top thread take up lever
1.the needle is damaged
2.the needle is not correctly inserted
3.wrong size needle for the fabric
4.the wrong foot is attached
5.the needle clamp screw is loose
6. Top tension is too tight
7. Machine could be out of time
I had this problem when I first bought my machine. I took it in and they told me it was a recall problem. All the machines were having the same problem. They fixed it and I have not had the problem since. I bought mine at a Joanne fabrics. Hope this helps.
First make sure that you are using a new needle in the proper size. A needle with burrs on it will cause the bird's nest problem. Also, is the thread you are using old? My repair guy told me to keep my filled bobbins in the freezer to maintain their humidity, and that has made a world of difference in my stitching. Finally, how long has it been since you had the machine cleaned and serviced, and was it by an authorized Bernina repair shop? Bernina machines have special screws that only Bernina authorized repair people have - I discovered that when I took my machine in to someone who was not authorized only to have the timing go off in a matter of weeks. The authorized repair guy found clumps of thread that had been air blasted into the inner works of the machine and those clumps were getting caught up in the new stitching and causing the same problems you described. Good luck!
It sounds like your timing is off because what you're describing is exactly what happened to me last summer. I took it to a sewing machine repair shop and they repaired the problems, gave it a nice cleaning and it was like new when it came home. But it took two weeks (not a lot of repair shops around here) and that was torture as it's my only machine!!! :)
If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
If it sewed properly...what changed?
Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing direction...do not pull the thread backwards!)
Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).
Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
Replace the needle...do it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
Oh...and use the correct needle for the thread. (a universal 80/12 is standard).
Thread can cause issues too. Try a different bobbin, or maybe a different spool of thread to see if that makes a difference.