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I have a Singer CG-550 and am sewing a heavyweight fabric using needle size 18. The engine whirs but the needle no longer moves up and down once it hits the fabric. It occurred suddenly, and I wonder

Needle no longer moves up and down after it hits the fabric.

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The motor may not have enough torque to force the needle through the fabric and back in a cycle. If you continue to force the needle into course material, it could bend the shaft, needle, or cause a misalignment of the needle pitch and direction. It sounds like the machine is a light duty appliance and you cannot force it to do commercial appliations.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Sears Kenmore 1168280 (Old machine not used much)

Untangle any mess under and around the needleplate very gingerly trimming threads as you go if necessary....remove and clear.

Undo the needle clamp and remove the remains of the needle.

Open the door for the bobbin and bobbin case and undo the clips holding the hook in place......don't force anything, just ease any tangle loose slowly.

You may want to take a photo of how it goes back together if unfamiliar, or lay the bits out sensibly, so you can replace easily later.

Inside the bobbin/hook area is the most likely region for thread jamming the motion of everything, so make sure all is clear and clean, then.......

Without replacing the bobbin or hook, test the handwheel after cleaning before re-assembly.

You may also want to check the take-up crank for thread jams........the small arm in the top cover that moves up/down to "take-up" the top thread has a cam attached to the top shaft and often tangles thread around the shaft, open the L side cover to access.......remove thread by unwinding handwheel manually ....again be patient and careful not to break threads.

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Posted on Jun 08, 2008

kent581
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SOURCE: needle hits needle plate with heavy fabric

that is your problem, your needle bar is centered too far to the back. There are 2 little bolts (Below the presser foot lift on the back of the machine) that must be loosened while the needle bar is repositioned aligning the needle bar assembly.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

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SOURCE: singer quantum cxl sewing machine needle hitting metal

Your needle is probably to long or you need to open it more

Posted on Apr 08, 2009

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SOURCE: I am using a Singer CG-550 C, and when I changed

Hi. Hm.........it might be that you have the flat side of the needle facing the wrong way. Check your instruction book to be sure. Another thing to check would be that the screw is going in straight. If it's slanting up or down, the screw might be getting stuck before it gets to the needle.

There have been times when I've gone back to the instruction book and ********** the parts again, just to make sure I was turning the right screw. (It happens!)

Another possibility I've run into is that the needle slips down while I'm tightening the screw. So (this might sound weird), I put the needle in as far as it will go, then use my index finger under the point of the needle to hold it in place. (yeah, ouch!)

Hope this helps!

Posted on Jan 19, 2010

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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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