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How to time a postbed sewing machine

Hook was pull cotton down around outer case had to be released how will not time to instructions

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You have a Postbed Needle Feed Industrial Sewing Machine.
Do you need a Manual? If so, what are the Model numbers?

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How do I replace the bobbin hook after cleaning my Brother XL-3030?

you may be able to enlarge the manual page:

Brother XL 3030 User Manual Page 60

The hook (half-moon piece) needs to go in first, but you may need to wiggle it to seat it and then hold it while you fasten the outer retaining ring (hook race). Flip the levers up to hold the ring in place. Then install the bobbin case.

How to Clean and Maintain your Sewing Machine at Home Front Loading Bobbin

FWIW, my machine oiling instructions say to apply a drop of good quality oil on the outer edge of the hook race lip where the hook rubs as it turns. But, your manual should explain where to oil.


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Why can't thread tension be adjusted?

Upper thread breakage is usually caused by incorrect threading, the tension being too tight, or the thread is wrapped around the spool pin or catching somewhere in the thread path.

Remove the thread completely from the machine.

Install a brand new needle making sure it is compatible with the thread and fabric.
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RAISE the presser foot and rethread the machine making sure it follows the correct thread path (consult the owner's manual). Verify that the bobbin is spinning the right direction in the bobbin case and the bobbin case is properly threaded.

Set the upper tension somewhere around the midway point between high & low numbers.


If problems persist, there may be debris buildup stuck in the tension disk. Remove the thread. RAISE the presser foot, set the tension all the way to zero. Dampen a length of pearl cotton with rubbing alcohol and gently pull the pearl cotton DOWN through the tension disk a couple of times. Rethread with regular sewing thread, reset the tension to the midway point and retest.

If cleaning the tension disk does not help, then it is possible the tension disk is malfunctioning or broken. Take it for service.


Feb 22, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Why is the top thread wrapping around the bobbin case and not pulling the bobbin thread through?

The hook pulls the top thread half way around the bobbin case and then the slack arm pulls it the rest of the way around. The slack arm is in the upper part of the machine barely visible on newer machines, but you do hook the thread thru it while threading the machine. If your thread doesn't go thru the tension discs or the tension is very low, then the slack arm has nothing to pull against, like a tug of war where the guys on the other end of the rope let go!
Try pulling on the upper thread before the needle and be sure the presser foot is down (up releases the tension). Adjust the tension and you should feel a difference.

Dec 01, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Needle does not move up and down manually or when peddle is engaged. You hear motor run, but needle doesn't react.

sounds if you have cotton or fabric jammed around shuttle Hook casing or you have knocked the hook timing so far out that the needle is jamming against the hook assembly case. it sounds as if the machine needs to go in to have a complete check out. Have a look at some other answers I have given on sewing machines and how to retime them if you wish to give it a try to save yourself money and time.

good luck

Mar 16, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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I can't get the tenson right, it wads up under the piece that I'm sewing?

This is in deed a top tension problem, make sure that your machine is correctly threaded then adjust the tensioner to hold the cotton tighter if it's to tight the cotton will snap in that case back it off a bit at a time till you get what is a good stich, I'm assuming that the feed dogs that pull the fabric through the machine is working okay, but if you have had a lot of jambs then their is a possibility that you have knocked the cotton pick up hook out of position as this should just starting to go behind the needle at it's lowest point then on the way up the hook should go behind the needle to pick the thread up you can adjust this yourself by undoing the clamp screw that holds the shuttle case and hook if you follow the instructions as above then you not far off completing the repair yourself just make sure the hook is very close to the needle just when it starts it's way up then relock the clamp screw and give it a run slowly to start with and if every thing is okay your away.
Happy sewing

Mar 03, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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How do I time a bobbin hook on a 153W Singer

all sewing machines are basically the same, the hook that rotates to pick the cotton up off the needle must just enter behind the needle when it's on it's way back up which then grabs the cotton to form the stitch, so you must remove the sole plate to expose the shuttle case remove the shuttle and put to one side, now rotate the hand wheel on the sewing machine in the correct rotation and watch the hook rotate round until it goes behind the needle, just as the needle is starting back up from it's lowest position the hook should just be going behind the needle to pick up the cotton, if this is not the case then loosen the screws that clamp the hook assembly to the shaft and rotate the hook assembly gently until the hook is just going behind the needle and make sure the hook is close to the needle before retightening the clamping crews , and final give it a few turns by hand to make sure the hook locates the same all the time and the hook is not catching the needle, when your happy, then reassemble.

Happy sewing

Feb 16, 2015 | Singer Sewing Machines

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I think timing is correct because hook catches thread every time, but when the hook finishes its rotation and releases the thread, the thread loop doesnt make it all the way around the bobbin

the catcher/hook on the bobbin case system loosen or not fix properly probably becoz of vibration or something( check or replace new), then check upper system either tension/ tighten of your thread/yarn or correct..

Oct 27, 2013 | Consew CP206R Sewing Machine

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Brother 1120 sewing machine timing adjustment

Easy to do remove sole plate remove shuttle and case, don't forget to pull the spring loaded plate to one side by inserting a electrical screw driver in the slot and twisting it anticlockwise to release the case, remove drive dogs this will the expose the cotton pickup assembly turn the hand wheel anticlockwise until the hook gets close to the needle now watch the needle it should be in the lowest position and just as it starts it's way back up the hook should be just going behind the needle to pick up the tread if this is not the case and it's out of position then hold the hand wheel tight and insert a small screw driver into one of the gaps in the base were the shuttle case fits in away that you are able to move the hook assembly one way or the other with a gentle pressure and move the hook just to make it enter just behind the needle as it only just starts it's way up at this position it is now complete and you can reassemble and run slowly at first just to make sure things are okay.
Happy Sewing

Oct 15, 2011 | Singer 1120 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a Brother sewing machine and whenever I try to pick up the bottom thread (or when I try to sew), the upper thread gets caught around the bobbin case causing a huge, knotted mess. It's just all...

Check your top tension dial setting is on 5, as this sounds like the thread is not in tension fully so is looping up around the rotary hook and not being held back by the tension device. Is the pressure foot lowered (this turns the tension on) fully and is the thread through the tension discs correctly. Lower the pressure foot and pull the top thread from below the tension dial, it should feel firm to pull, if it comes out easy, its not undertension, device could be faulty and machine will need to be serviced.

Also, check that the bobbin case is fully inserted into the rotary hook in the correct position, bobbin is in and rotating the right way and thread is into the tension spring fully.

If you have the manual pull it out, and carefully check the threading up instructions and follow on your machine - it is probably one of these things causing the jamming.

May 23, 2011 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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