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Re: machine locking up after first stitch
Well I'm assuming this is not a 905 Serger. Here are some tips for bobbin problems on a Viking sewing machine:
Check that it is threaded correctly (both top and bottom) making sure that the upper thread is in the takeup lever. Watch the needle as you slowly turn the handwheel counter clockwise (toward you) and the needle point touches the fabric (make sure presser foot is down). Is the thread still relatively taunt? If it is loose, the upper thread tension unit does not have enough tension. Check the areas where the thread goes and make sure you remove any loose threads or fluff which could be inhibiting the tension discs from closing over the thread. If the tension unit still is not tightening enough, the tension unit may need to be replaced or the circuit board replaced. If everything is ok in the upper thread area, now look at the bobbin area. With no fabric, watch as the needle enters the bobbin area. Does it go down and the upper thread catch the bobbin thread and pulls it to the surface? Check for anything preventing the bobbin thread from being pulled up to the surface through the needle plate. If you have still not been able to resolve the problem suggest you take it to an authorized husqvarna viking dealer for service. You can locate a dealer near you by visiting the husqvarna viking website and clicking on the Dealer link on the left-hand side of the page - http://www.husqvarnaviking.com Good luck.
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That is generally caused because the flat side of your needle is not all the way to the back, and/or the needle is not all the way up in the clamp. On those machines, loosening the screw enough to remove the needle is not loose enough to put one in all the way. You can always be sure it is in all the way by looking right above the clamp. You'll see what looks like a post there, and the end of the needle should be right below it. A flashlight may help to see it.
Also, because it is a regular rather than a wing-type screw, it cannot be tightened enough to keep the needle in position without taking a flat-blade screwdriver and tightening it more than by hand.
Also be sure that you have inserted the bobbin in the correct direction, and that the bobbin thread has been caught within the tension area in the bobbin case--use the slot provided, it's a great help, but don't use the cutter--your thread needs to be longer than that.
try these suggestions change the needle--use needle according fabric being sewed rethread the machine top & bobbin clean under needle plate & in bobbin area for lint or threads make sure the bobbin is not warped or damaged make sure the bobbin case is not damaged if none of these suggestions help, then I suggest having the machine checked to see if there is something wrong with the inside parts
try rethreading the machine top & bobbin change the needle--flat side to the back of the machine, make sure the needle is the right one for the fabric being sewed clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for lint or theads
There has to be a problem in your threading or your needle. You may have the needle inserted backwards, flat side has to face rear or the needle is bent. Totally unthread your machine and make sure that there are no tangles and that it feeding the right way. Watch how they show your for threading and winding the bobbin, plus threading the bobbin. Good luck, but I truly think it is in your threading.
Check the easy stuff first: Make sure the needle is inserted in the
machine properly- a good rule of thumb is the flat side of the needle
should go to the opposite side of the last thread guide. Also make sure
the machine is threaded correctly.
the needle is in correctly with the flat side to the rear of the
machine, make sure to thread the upper and lower portions of the
the needle is in the machine correctly- all the way up into the needle
bar, make sure that it is threaded correctly, etc. If this all checks
out ok, take the bobbin case out of the machine. There are two ears on
either side of the bobbin case- turn the left one to the left and the
right one to the right. Remove the silver ring, and inspect the piece
of metal that the ring came off of (looks like a circle with the top
cut off). You have to locate the hook which is the piece that looks
like a half moon inside the big round metal piece. Locate the tip of
it, turn the handwheel toward you until the needle is in the lowest
position, at this point the tip of the hook should be flush with top of
the left side of the cut off circle. If this is not so, your machine
needs to be re-timed. If that is the case.
if your machine has a front loading bobbin case, remove it and then remove the shuttle which the bobbin case fits into. most often there is thread or lint caught in the shuttle race preventing the shuttle from turning (it only needs a tiny piece of thread).
if you have done this check any gear meshing to ensure no lint or thread has been caught in the teeth of the gears.
if the machine sews ok and locks up after a few stitches then it sounds like needle threading or tension causing the problem. re-thread the machine and ensure there is sufficient needle thread tension to bend the needle a little when presser foot is down and thread is pulled through needle.
Hi - first, check your manual to see if the error is described somewhere. Follow the instructions. If the manual tells you to take the machine in for repair, try a couple things first.
Often when your needle starts to shudder, the thread is caught on something somewhere along the sewing path. Turn off your machine, change your needle, take all of the thread out of the machine and rethread it. Then remove your bobbin to make sure that there is nothing stuck in the bobbin case, or in the area where you insert your bobbin into the machine. Look around the sewing area to see if something looks out of place.
After you insert a new needle and rethreaded your machine, and before you turn the machine back one, try using the wheel to make a few stitches manually. Watch your sewing thread to make sure it is feeding evenly. If the needle does not move up and down correctly, or if you hear a grinding or bumping sound, you probably need to take the machine to be repaired. Otherwise, turn your machine back on. If the error message is gone, try sewing slowly for several inches - if all seems well, increase the speed a little at a time. If anything seems off to you while you sew - stop sewing immediately and look very carefully to see if you can find a problem.