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I have a singer 401A. My needle is either hitting the presser foot or the plate underneath.

I have cleaned, oiled, adjusted the foot and the made sure the plate is in properly. I have broken 3 needles :/ Not sure what is going on with the machine.

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Most likely your machine is out of time or the needle bar is out of adjustment. May be best to take it for service.

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  • Confirm needle is not bent
  • Confirm needle installed correctly
  • Set needle position to "3" middle
  • confirm that the left right zig zag is not hung up.
  • remove pressure foot completely and check for clearance
  • remove presser foot plate and check for clearance
  • remove bobbin and check clearance
  • inspect needle hook interference.

If the needle correctly installed is interfering with the hook machine timing has slipped.

These machines are built like Sherman tanks and will last for ever. There are videos showing how to reset the timing. Suggest taking it to a qualified repair cent getting an estimate before proceeding.


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