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The thread will not go into the fabric

I've been sewing on my Singer 4205 machine for about a year now. Recently I've been having problems with threading. I thread it the same exact way I always have but when I start sewing the thread will not be inserted into the fabric. The needle is going into the fabric but there aren't any stitches when I pull the fabric away.

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Check the timing of the needle to the hook. Here is a guide to generic principles of Timing
http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Repair/Sewing%20Machine%20Hook%20Timing.htm

Posted on Sep 04, 2009

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I have recently bought Singer Quantum 9940 and I am not happy with the stitch. For zigzag stitch, I can see too much of the upper thread on the bottom side. This happens unequally: more on the right hand...


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If the old singers were fords this is a yugo
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