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Kenmore 12 stitch sewing machine-wont sew

The needle moves up and down. looks like its sewing but no stitches are being put in my material. also the thread is bunching up under the surface area at the bobbin area.

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    I purchased a vintage Singer Stylist 457 yesterday with sewing table. I tried it this morning & it sewed for a few minutes then the treads gathered in the stitching, the machine made a clunk noise and now the whole bobbin unit does not move even when turned by hand. I've looked at a couple of forums & gears are mentioned but I'd appreciate if anyone has any ideas what it could be and how much it is likely to cost to repair? Many thanks in advance, Sharon.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    I have reloaded the bobbin and put back into maschine when I sew the stithes does not appear

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    needle goes up and down but material don't move

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Constant bunching of fabric when back stitching is making sewing very frustrating for me, especially at the beginning and ending of seam when chain piecing. What can I do to eliminate this problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    I was sewing and I hit one of the pins that was holding the material in place and broke the pin. I got the pin out of the bobbin area. Now the needle will not work.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Thread bunching under material when sewing

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    i try to sew and the needle just stays in one spot and doesnt stitch

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    My Pfaff sewing machine has a new problem. The display is lighted when it is turned on, but a straight line is briefly displayed, then nothing. I can sew, move the needle, change stitch size (all by memory) and wind the bobbin. The needle down position also works, just not the display. Ruth Hollis

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