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Bobbin threading I have just got a singer 6038 and I need to know how to thread it...It did not come with a manual I need to order one, but I would like to use it asap. Could any one walk me through it? Thanks, Heather

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There are manuals avilable online to purchase for the singer machines, SOrry I was not able to locate a site that has them for free.

Posted on Aug 16, 2009

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If you turn the handwheel, can you see a metal ring rotating around the outer edge of the bobbin case? If not rotating, broken gear or timing belt off.
If that ring is turning, remove the needle plate and bobbin case. As this ring now rotates, you will a finger on the ring that will pass behind the needle from right to left and it should catch the thread from the eye of the needle. If this finger, the "hook" passes above the eye, you have a timing problem.

Let me know.

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Why won't thread stay in the needle?

Is the thread pulling out of the needle when you first begin to sew? If so, be sure you are pulling sufficient thread through the needle at the outset--between 4-6 inches. You can also try bringing the bobbin thread to the top before beginning to stitch.

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Aug 18, 2015 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Hello. I am working with a Singer 6083C. When I turn the wheel, the thing in the bobbin goes around but the thread doesn't catch. I'm wondering if this is because I've put the bobbin in...

Have you recently changed the needle? If so, please check if it is in the right way, flat shank to the back. This is easy to get wrong and will prevent stitch formation as the scarf at the back of the needle (scooped out area) is where the rotary hook goes to catch the thread during stitching.

Jul 13, 2011 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Do I need to remove both metal plates from the bottom in order to thread the bobbin???

No, you should only have to turn the hand wheel towards you and you will see that the thread will hook on the bobbin thread if you have your cover off.

Apr 17, 2011 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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How to thread the bobbin on a singer simple sewing machine

Drop-in bobbin: Note: thread must change direction when entering bobbin shuttle notch. Usually bobbin will turn counter-clockwise when threaded properly.

1. hold bobbin so that the tail of thread is facing to left.
2. drop bobbin into bobbin shuttle.
3. pull thread toward you.
4. guide thread into notch and pull to left so that slot engages thread.
5. pull thread diagonally across shuttle toward back of machine.
6. draw bobbin thread up through needle plate with threaded needle.

Oct 31, 2009 | Singer 3116 Simple

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How do i put the bobbin case back in correctly?

The zigzag setting should not have caused it to jam up unless the tensions were off and the thread was bunching up on the bottomside of the needle plate. If you ever jam or break a needle be sure to replace it with a fresh new needle. A slightly bent needle will cause all kinds of problems.
When putting the bobbin back in make sure you keep a good amount of thread hanging out and manually turn the hand wheel around until the needle make a full rotation. The hook should catch the needle thread and allow you to pull the bobbin thread out through the needle plate.
If you jammed it really good it is possible that the needle and hook timing is out of sync in which case you may need to have it re-timed.

Jun 08, 2009 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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The fabric gets pulled down into bobbin compartment and thread gets all bunched up hard to remove

It sounds like your bobbin compartment might be pulled out of alignment. You might want to take the bottom plate off, clean off any lint and threads, and put the bottom compartment back in. Follow your manual if you have it. With your right wheel, slowly start to sew is the top or bottom thread having problems? You may have to rethread top and bottom. I found that one time, my top thread was not threaded correctly.

Mar 24, 2009 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Bobbin problems

Any time you have looping on the bottom, it is almost always related to the upper tension and not anything in the bobbin area.
A good way to troubleshoot this is to turn the machine off, blow out the upper tension disk assemblies with canned air, (the machine needs to be off because most canned air uses butane as a propellant. Butane + electricity = bad;) replace your needle, and rethread your machine. Once you've threaded it to the point where you're about to put the thread through the needle, "floss" the thread forward and backward to ensure that the thread seats correctly into the tension assemblies.
Set your tension to around 4.5 for most applications, and drop your presser foot. Give the thread a gentle tug to see if the tensions have engaged the thread, then thread the needle.

If doing this does not address the problem, you probably need to have your tensions professionally calibrated. This is also true if the needle is in fact hitting something in the bobbin area. This is usually caused by the machine's timing being out of alignment, which is not something that can be fixed at home.

Good luck,


Aug 24, 2008 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Thread on bottom, bobbin thread loose

Sounds as though you've misthreaded the upper tension. The best way to verify this would be to thread your machine, lower the presser foot on to the material. Now try pulling the thread through the needle. (Assuming your upper tension dial is set to a number greater than one). You should feel resistance. Should you not feel resistance, rethread your upper tension.

Feb 01, 2008 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I can't find my manual and cn not get the bobbin to thread correctly

you need to insert the bobbin so that when the thread pulls off it spins counter clockwise. on the side closest to you there is a notch that you slip the thread into and then pull along the side towards the back of the machine staying on the left. once you've done that you can manually turn the knob on the side to make the needle cycle down so that the upper thread will pull up the bobbin thread.

Nov 25, 2007 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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