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15 different types of thread - polyester, rayon, cottons all sew about 3-4 stitches and then break. i have used this 3116 for 3 yrs - 700 18" blankets - i recently ran out of "yardsale " thread and started...


I would suggest having the sewing machine checked to see if there is a adjustment needed in the timing. and also to see if the tension dial has any problems.
it could be the needle and thread are not compatable with the fabric
is the needle in the needle holder correctly?
are there any burrs in the needle plate or in the bobbin area?

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My Singer 3116 Simple is tangling up by the bobbin and leaving knots of thread on the underside of material?


Thread it right...with the lever up. Then adjust your top tension.

If you still have problems check the bobbin carrier/shuttle for burrs. If you find burrs carefully sand with fine grit sand paper.

Sep 19, 2012 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Singer 3116 tension problem


since the tension is the same no matter where the dial is set, the machine may need a new tension dial.

Go to the singer website

Click on customer support--there will be a drop down menu

Choose instruction manual

In the box type the model number--(example 3116)

Click search

Mar 25, 2012 | Singer 3116 Simple

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I have a singer simple 3116 sewing machine and it stitches loose upper threads. I?ve tried adjusting the tension, re threading, flipping the bobbin around, and even different fabric. But nothing seems to...


Insert a new needle, (flat side facing rear of machine), now totally rethread. Try this, with presser foot up, pull top thread, it should pull smoothly, now lower presser foot, the thread should barely move. This should seat the thread in the tension discs. If that doesn't work, call Singer at 1-800-4singer.

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May 31, 2010 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Thread bunches up under fabric


Your thread tension needs adjustment.

Most likely it is the lower thread tension (not the upper thread tensioner).

When sewing very thin or very heavy material - it is required to adjust the lower tension as well.

To regulate the lower thread tension - turn the small screw on the tension spring of the bobbin case with a small screwdriver.

To increase tension - turn it clockwise SLIGHTLY.


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