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Daniel's comment was helpful, but l'm still having trouble. I know the timing is off. I now have the left needle making a stitch on top but it doesn't catch underneath. Any more suggestions?

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Machine won't stitch


If by "won't stitch" you mean that the top thread will not pick up the bottom thread, make sure you have the needle threaded properly. If the machine is a top loading bobbin, the thread goes in the needle from front to back. Same if it's a side loading bobbin (bobbin faces you as you sew). If it's a front loading bobbin (bobbin faces left of machine), the thread goes in the needle from left to right.

Oct 12, 2014 | Sewing Machines

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Needle only moves a little and then beeps saying needle up when the peddle is pushed. Machine will not run.


Good day Po!!!

Sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble; >Do this;
1.Top tension to tight >loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded >check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post > "
4.Thread twisted out of tension > "
5.Take up spring bent or broken >Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger >Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred >new needle
8.Bad cone of thread >try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tension spring to tight >Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong >check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven >try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case >clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook >clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred >check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred >change
2.Needle set in crooked >Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring >check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger >check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth >Tighten bobbin tension
or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth >Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly >remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under >check threading of
tension >bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension >clean between tension discs


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Jul 08, 2011 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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I have checked the needle size, the top stitch threading, the bottom threading (including the thread going counter clockwise) and my 7470 Singer will not make stitches. The needle goes up and down but...


These machines get knocked out of time very easy. Especially when you sew over denium. To check this, take off the needle plate, take out the bobbin case, have a new needle in, put the needle in left needle position or on wide zig zag. You going the check the timing of the needle and hook. With the needle over to the left, and when it is on it's up stroke, you want to see the hook tip passing behind the needle just above the eye of the needle. If it passes by after the needle eye has gone up, the timing is off. If so, you'll need to get access to the lower hook shaft timing belt gear set screws to readjust the timing. This also affects the feed timing, so you might have to have a repairman do this. I can help you if your up for it.

Apr 26, 2011 | SINGER 7470 Sewing Machine

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Older 830 will not zig zag stitch. leavers and gears move fine. The needle moves back and forth - left and right but it doesn't pick up thread from the bobbin on the left side so it does a strait stitch...


Firstly, make sure you have fitted a new needle and that you have cleaned/oiled the hook race. Unfortunately, if you are finding that the machine will pick-up the thread and stitch OK when the needle is one side of the stitch-plate, but not when its on the other, it suggests that the timing/synchronisation is out and will need to be professionally adjusted. You can check the timing by adjusting the needle to its right-most position, remove the bobbin case, rotate the handwheel until the needle has gone down through the stitch-plate and is just about to come up again. Stop there. Tip the machine slightly back and release the black plastic hook/shuttle retainer by pressing the metal lever on the top-left side of the bobbin door, so that the hook/shuttle retainer pops open. Drop the hook/shuttle retainer, but leave the hook in place ... be careful that it doesn't drop out and slowly rotate the handwheel until the pointed part of the hook/shuttle rotates clockwise to the place where its point is directly behind the needle. Look carefully and you should see that the point of the hook/shuttle is just above the top of the thread hole in the needle. If it's much lower or higher, the timing is out and will need to be adjusted.

Feb 06, 2011 | Bernina Activa 130

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I need to know how to make a button hole, can't find manual.


Hi there, don't know your machine but you can do a plaiin buttonhole manually.
Set machine up for zigzag stitch, needle to left side, mark out the size you need with pins or marker pen. Start at the top and set for widest zigzag with 0 length for the top bar, cannot give sizes as don't know the button you are using, about 6 stitches, set stitch width to just over half the width of top bar and length to approx 0.5. Stitch down to bottom marker and again set up ffor the wide bar, do the same amount of stitches as the top, finish with needle down at the outside edge, turn work so that you will now stitch down the other side to meet the top bar, not forgetting to adjust stitch length and width again.
Hope this helps
Ellie

Jan 09, 2011 | Necchi 3537 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have the basically the same problem. i was sewing and now the thread in the needle will not pick up the bobbin thread. i would appreciate any help. I have changed the needle, bobbin, and thread several...


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 machine correctly.

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.

Aug 04, 2009 | Baby Lock Sewing Machines

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JANOME RX18S


If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
If it sewed properly...what changed?

Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing direction...do not pull the thread backwards!)

Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).

Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
Replace the needle...do it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
Oh...and use the correct needle for the thread. (a universal 80/12 is standard).
Thread can cause issues too. Try a different bobbin, or maybe a different spool of thread to see if that makes a difference.

Mar 25, 2017 | Janome Memory Craft 9500 Computerized...

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Euro Pro 9105 won't catch bobbin thread


Hi,

first of all make sure you have the needle in the correct way round, flat side facing back, try a new needle, it only has to be slightly bent or blunt and it will miss stitches, the tension unit is the small piece near the takeup lever and it only has a small spring but that has nothing to do with the threading picking up, if the machine misses stitches after trying the above then you will need to retime the machine either bu a shop or by yourself, if you are sewing on fabric that collects static such as knitted fabric make sure you use an anti-static needle otherwise it will miss stitches.

Goodluck..

May 23, 2008 | Euro-Pro 9105 Computerized Sewing Machine

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How do i make a buttonhole on this machine?


I do not have a buttonhole foot, but I can tell you how I do it with the zig zag foot on the Singer 132Q machine.

1. Mark the spacing and size for the buttonholes with chalk or marking paper. This consists of a straight line with a perpendicular line at the top and bottom that lets you know how big to make the hole. There is probably a pattern piece to let you know what the spacing should be, and you can get the size of the hole for the top and bottom line by laying the button you are going to use on top of the line you draw with the pattern.

2. Make sure the bobbin has plenty of thread.

3. Put the zig zag foot on the machine.

4. Set the stitch size to 1 or maybe a little less. You want a tight stitch to hold the hole together.

5. Start at the top of the buttonhole with the perpendicular line barely visible in the zig zag foot. Think of it as placing the "T" made by the mark in the "T" made by the opening in the zig zag foot.

6. Set the needle pattern to #1 of the buttonhole pattern (2nd from the top). Make sure it is toward the top of the number to insure you get a wide zig zag stitch. If you are getting a narrow stitch, you may have to fiddle with it, but it will work. Stitch 4-6 times making sure the stitch is wide, and end on the left side of the stitch.

7. Change the needle pattern to #2 of the buttonhole pattern and zig zag stitch down to the bottom mark. Do not pull the fabric or you will stretch the stitch. Make sure your last stitch is on the left hand side.

8. Change the needle pattern to #3 of the buttonhole pattern (same as #1), and zig zag stitch 4-6 times ending on the right side this time. Make sure the stitches are wide.

9. Change the needle pattern to #4 of the buttonhole pattern and straight stitch back to the top mark. Be prepared to hand roll the needle the last few stitches to make sure you do not pass the top stitches you have made.

10. Change the needle pattern to #5 of the buttonhole pattern and zig zag stitch back to the bottom mark. Hand roll the last few stitches and end on the left side.

11. Raise the foot and remove the fabric. You are now ready proceed to the next buttonhole or cut the buttonhole open with a small pair of scissors or a seam ripper. Make sure you do not cut any of your stitches.



Make sure you practice on some scrap fabric of the same thickness (2 layers of fabric plus pellon) to make sure you have the size right before you sew the buttonholes on the garment.

GOOD LUCK.

Aug 28, 2007 | Singer Featherweight 132Q Mechanical...

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