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Have a singer model 401A but no manual and need to do a zig zag stitch quickly

The machine works beautifully however i only know how to straight stitch and need to do a zig zag.. what are the settings on the two knobs at the top for a zig zag. Thank you

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Try this link for a free manual and see if it's the right one
http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/cb49471fa8cb14674b2e1cbda398dc9bfb86924c.pdf

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

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SOURCE: singer sewing machine will not zig zag

Over time, and especially when not used, there is a likelihood of dust and old oil forming a sort of glue, or clag....

Remove the needle for safety, then, when you have the setting on Zig zag, gently push the needle arm to the opposite side of the zig stitch.......release the needle arm, and if it springs back quickly, it is fine, if it moves slowly, or almost not at all, then the clag needs removing with application of few drops of methylated spirit to start, at the sort of piston affair that shifts needle arm L & R .....move the needle arm back & forth until it frees up, a drop of oil to finish.........if almost seized, may require leaving overnight after using a penetrating lubricant if it is really resistant....I have had them on the bench for 3 days with manual manipulation a few times each day before they finally come good.

Denatured alcohol is fine, surgical spirit too, different countries have different names or products, essentially alcohol with few impurities that will evaporate quickly with little residue.

Hope this does work for you, tho' as I said, it may take a little time to penetrate depending on severity........the same applies to the reverse mechanism of many machines when they seize.
If you want any more help with this, just post back here, or, drop a line through the "Contact Us" page at www.bargainbox.com.au

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

bilabon
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SOURCE: zig zag stitches are not holding

When ever a machine is jamming up the bobbin thread, it is a result of your top tension. It is either set to low (under 4), or the thread has come out of the take-up lever. Check your threading, fromt he spool pin, down to 2 and up to 3. Three is the take up lever. From the take-up lever down to 4. Set the thread behind the thread guide and thread the needle form front to back. Low quailtu thread 9dual duty or all purpose) can also create this problem.

thanks,

Bonnie

Posted on Sep 02, 2008

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SOURCE: only does zig zag stitches, no straight stitches,

make sure the pattern selector is set for straight stitch first. If it is set correct then the machine may be "stuck" is zig zag mode. May need to be de greased and then re lubricated.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Singer Fashion Mate 257 won't make a zig-zag

You may need to retime the machine, email me for attachment of instructions drivewithken@blueyonder.co.uk

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

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SOURCE: I bought a 1986 singer

If you do not have a manual, you can buy one from singerco.com and buy one for $15., great investment. A manual is invaluable for answering your questions, also Singer has fantastic customer service at 1-800-4singer

Posted on Sep 13, 2010

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