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I have a singer 7466 and the bobbin won't load error code 88. please help!

An 88 error code is a generic one. It could mean that the needle isn't moving properly when the machine is turned on, there could be a problem at the bobbin or the computer for the machine is compromised. When did the error occur (regular sewing or bobbin winding)?

First, make sure that the needle is at the highest point with the hand wheel. Turn the machine off and then back on. Does the needle move to the side and back to the center? If so, then the problem is elsewhere. If the needle didn't move, I'd still recommend that you clean the area under the bobbin case.

If you were winding a bobbin, try a different bobbin. Check for any burs that might block smooth rotation of the bobbin. If you were doing regular sewing, also try a new bobbin. Check the bobbin case and hook areas for lint and clean them out.

If the error still persists, the machine needs to be serviced.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Jan 18, 2017 | Singer 7466 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Model no. 7468 when winding bobbin, machine stops and flashes code 88. why is it doing this

Check the troubleshooting section of your owner's manual. Usually, it will have a list of more common error codes.

You can also search for the

make + model + "error code 88"

or contact the manufacturer.


Nov 12, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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When I turn it on it flashes 88 and beeps and will not sew

Unable to assist without the make/model of the machine. You can search for it yourself:

Make + Model + the words "error code 88"

Also, sometimes the error codes are listed in the Troubleshooting section of the owner's manual.


Mar 16, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Singer CE250 error 88 winding bobbin

I couldn't find an explanation for error 88, but it SOUNDS to me like it's complaining because the needle isn't all the way up. Those models (had one) are VERY sensitive to that issue. As to breaking threads, that sounds like you have something in the tension disks at the top of the machine. The clear cover can be removed with one screw; remove it and gently "floss" with UNWAXED dental floss or hand embroidery floss between the disks. The presser foot MUST be UP at the time; that's the only time the disks are spread, and the reason you must ALWAYS thread your machine with the presser foot up. Most experienced users put the thread in a jar at the back of the machine away from the hoop area and thread from there, rather than the posts on the machine. Also, if you're using regular thread, make sure the notch to hold the loose end of the thread when not in use is not facing towards the thread path; it can catch in the spool and cause shredding and breakage as well as needle breakage.

You can also purchase a separate bobbin winder for under $25 at WalMart online, and frankly, I think it does a better job anyway.

Just a heads up; the cover over the tension disks snaps in place when you put it back on, but you may have to fool with it--don't panic! It WILL snap back into place, when you get it into position just right!

Sep 02, 2014 | Singer CE250 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Is there a code to fix a singer sewingmachine when it flashes 88

I just found your question, so I'll try to help you,
you said you just had the machine serviced and it's still
showing the error 88, is this error why you took the machine in to
be serviced for?
if it is then I suggest taking the machine back to the repair shop
and tell them it wasn't fixed correctly.
I've had other people say that they've took their machine in to be
fixed and then brought the machine home and it still had the same
problem so that means that they didn't fix the machine ..
have you tried changing the needle--needle that is correct for the
fabric being sewed
try rethreading the machine top and bobbin
also try using a different bobbin
make sure the top thread has not come off the thread take up lever
make sure the top thread is not wound around the spool pin
make sure the bobbin is turned the correct way
do you have a manual for the machine?

Dec 19, 2012 | Singer 7444 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Error 88 singer 7467S

I have singer 7467s and any time a sew it blinks 88 and beeps if the wheel is toward me. Otherwise it stays frozen.

Feb 07, 2012 | Singer 7467s Sewing Machine

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I can't thread my bobbin. I get a error on the number guide and it is 88. so what is wrong with it not working.

Do you have a manul for your machine?
you can download it from here

I can't see anything relating to error message 88 in the manual.

So I would suggest you start by trouble shooting the bobbin case, go to page 76 in manual and folloing images, take out bobbin case, clean and replace it. Turn machine off first and once its back in turn it on and see if the 88 code has reset.

Then redo bobbin winding, and threading up. Start with the manual instructions on this page 18 and 20 and work through it step by step. Make sure bobbin is in the right way so thread is feeding off in the right direction. Also just a thought, you haven't got a stray bobbin in there that isn't a Singer one??

I hope that this helps you to eliminate your machine problem, obviously if this doesn't solve it you may need to take it for a service and see if the 88 display relates to something within the machine circuitry.

Aug 01, 2011 | Singer 7466 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Singer ingenuity, i get error 88 when i try to wind bobbin. what am i doing wrong

On some of the singer machines that error means that the bobbin is in the wind position ,., I would chechk the bobbin and make sure it is in the propper position and switches like it is supposed to ..

Jun 02, 2010 | Singer 7436 - INGENUITY

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My Singer 7436 keeps getting an error code 88

I have been having the same thing happen. I just discovered the bobbin winder was in the wind position. I moved it and I am in business again! Hope it works for you!

Apr 11, 2009 | Singer 7436 - INGENUITY

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My futura sewing machine seems locked up

Try removing the screws that hold the needle plate on and take it off, remove the bobbin case and check for loose thread in the bobbin area. Sometimes machines lock up when a small piece of thread gets under the bobbin case, this is called being "thread locked". Hope this helps. I'll see what I can find out about the "88" error message.

Feb 24, 2009 | Singer CE-200 Quantum Futura Computerized...

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