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The needle wont go up or down without real thread caught.....motor sounds but no movement

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There are several things that could be wrong in this situation. Depending on how old the machine is and how long it has been since it has been tuned up at a repair shop, it could merely be a lubrication issue. Occasionally, thread will become wrapped around parts of the take up area, or one of the shafts this could cause the machine to lock up as you described. Although unlikely it is also possible that your motor could be locked up it's self. In order to rule out this as the problem, I would engage the bobbin winder, and release the bobbin winder clutch, and then run the machine. If the bobbin winder still works, it is most like one or both of the first two options mentioned. In any case, it would probably be best in this situation to take the machine to a reputable sewing machine repair shop in your area.

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SOURCE: Thread getting caught underneath

you need to replace your shukle that holds the tread bobbing is either slack or broken . if it is slack then you tighten the little screw that holds a cover that gives the thread tension .if its broken then replace it.once the thread is slack below it will cause your thread to bundle up.

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SOURCE: Serger Stuck

The first thing a machine needs is oil. Absolutely soak everything that turns. My upholstery machine sits for a while and it gets stuck too. Believe me you don't just turn it. The tolerence is so close its just hard to get broke loose. Use a spray that absorbs rust. then oil good when done

Posted on Dec 05, 2008

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SOURCE: when drawing thread up from the shuttle needle wont go down

Sounds like your hook to needle timing is off. When you sew through thick materials, a lot of machines have issues where the needle sticks in the fabric but all the internal parts shift and this causes the hook to needle timing to go out. The begging signs of this is skipping stitches. You will have to have you local independent sewing store do this adjustment for you

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SOURCE: Wads of Thread Caught in Singer Simple Sewing Machine

Sounds like you threaded it wrong and kept trying to sew, gently get all of your material out of the machine, DO NOT FORCE, GENTLY ROCK IT OUT OR YOU WILL WRECK THE MACHINE, also watch your dvd and learn about threading from your book. Always, hold your thread ends when you start to sew. If, you cannot find your manual go to, I have sewn for 50+ years and found that the dvd was very helpful, each machine is different.

Posted on Aug 21, 2010

SOURCE: My bobbin thread will not thread. When I bring

check the bobbin to make sure it's not warped
check the needle to make sure it's not bent-roll on flat surface to see if it roll correctly
make sure the bobbin is in the bobbin case correctly
make sure you have a 3 to 4 inch tail on the bobbin-so the upper thread can pick it up easily
make sure you have a 3 to 4 inch tail on upper thread also as it picks up the lower thread
or you can hold the upper thread with your hand to the side of the machine & use the handwheel to lower the needle as it picks up the lower thread
pull both threads to the back behind the needle
make sure there is no lint or loose threads in the bobbin area

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I just solved this problem with much persistence and a few possible causes. Mkae sure the thread is good quality and cant shred, at least until problem is fiwed. Unscrew plate behind bibbin and check if there is any caught thread, this happens after bottom thread has been looping. Remove any and replace, wind down the needle to check it goes in the centre of hole.
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