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Feed Dogs, Thread Tangle

I have a Singer portable, mfgd in 1941 (Model AG008912).  After trying to sew over a very heavy seam, feed dogs started bumping against the chrome plate beneath the presser foot. (The plate the needle goes thru.)

Also, when trying to catch bobbin thread, the thread from the needle wraps around the bobbin housing (??-not the bobbin case, but the stationary housing the bobbin case snaps into.)  When the plate is removed, the feed dog moves freely, but the thread still tangles, as described.

I tried replacing the needle, removing the feed dog (couldn't), switching the direction of the threaded bobbin, cleaning & oiling moving parts.

Great if you could tell me how to fix this!  The little machine is a gem.

Thanks, Jeanette

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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    bobbin wont move to connect thread

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    As i took the plate off the bottom of the machine to check if something was missing, I found a padding of fiber around the gear. As I understand it, there is supposed to be a spring to make the feed dogs go back up. That part is missing.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    thread gathers under seam, when you try to bring uptge needle won't move it kinda locks, won't move the needle.

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Hi Jeanette! You have a Singer Featherweight--the best sewing machine ever made! (Mine dates from 1950/51 and I wouldn't trade it for the world.) These beautiful, sturdy machines were designed to be easily repairable at home, but you'll need a copy of the Service Manual (get the Instruction manual too, if you don't have one.) Go to www.singer-featherweight.com and check out what they have available.

I had a similar problem (needle thread not catching the bobbin thread) and the problem was that I hadn't put the needle in correctly (flat side to the left). Also, I will occasionally get thread wrapped around the bobbin housing--sewing along just great and then everything comes to a screeching halt. I'm not sure why that happens, but I'm getting pretty good at taking the bobbin housing apart. The manual is pretty clear on how to do it. You can contact me direct at robbie1949@comcast.net for more information.

Thanks!

Robbie

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