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Singer sewing machine model 6012 c

I am going crazy ....  I was sewing a straingt seam and the machine just stopped picking up the top thread , now it won't pick up the bottom thread from the bobbin.  I have changed the needle, refilled the bobbin, rethreaded the machine top and bottom still won't pick up the thread and form a stitch.


HELP PLEASE  !!!!!!!


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  • rrabbit Nov 18, 2007

    i have a singer cg-550. i did not know how to sew at all when i got it so a friend set it up and i watched her sew. i used it for a year with no problems, learning as i went. a week ago i was sewing thick, fluffy material and i was "forcing" the fabric through, just a little, and the needle broke. i replaced the needle, quit sewing the fabric, and tried to sew on an old cotton tshirt. the thread from the bobbin was not connecting with the material or the upper thread. and. . . the needle broke again. i made sure i was using the right needle and replaced it, again. i then ran the machine by hand and assessed the problem. the needle was now striking something below the needle plate and the bobbin case. after removing the cover plate and the bobbin case i saw that the needle was striking the circular round-edged "thing" that i think brings the bobbin thread around. it hits only every third pass, or maybe second pass. however, when i turn the wheel (?) on the side away from me, rather than towards me, it does not hit- it just barely grazes the circular round-edged "thing". i think it is the timing something-or-other and i would love to know how to fix it.

  • Mary Ann Conlin May 11, 2010

    I too have a Singer Serger cg 550 and can not pick up the bottom thread. Allmakes, please forward the information to correct the timing. Thank you very much. My e-mail address is



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im not!
it needs a good service the timeing has sliped out a little, nothing more that that,,,see its not a lost cause just yet

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You can download a manual for $10 at and it should help you. A couple of suggestions though, is your needle inserted correctly? Flat side facing the rear of the machine, fresh needle? Threaded correctly on top and bobbin area? Is your thread good not too old and the same type in bobbin and top? Did you leave a long enough tail in the bobbin thread? 3-4 inches which you hold with your left hand. Is the thread in the bobbin unwinding the right way? Are you turning the handwheel towards you, not away from you at least two revolutions or until you see the thread loop? Try these suggestions, and I am sure one will work unless your timing is off and it needs professional service.

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