Re: How do you thread the machine, top and bottom,...
From the Simplicity Sew Precious Model SWSP2 manual:
Inserting a new bobbin:
Place wound bobbin into the bobbin case.
Pull about 6 inches of thread out from the bobbin.
NOTE: Be sure that the bobbin rotates COUNTER-CLOCKWISE when thread is pulled.
Pass the thread from the bobbin, under the bobbin case spring, and toward the back of the machine.
Slide bobbin cover back into position.
Turn the handwheel toward you to raise the take-up lever to its highest position.
Lower the presser foot.
Place a spool of thread and spool cap on the spool pin.
Place the thread into the first thread guide at the top of the machine.
Bring the thread down the right slot of the threading path, then around the tension dial. Push the thread tension release lever and pull the thread up so the thread is secure in the thread tension dial.
Bring the thread up the left slot of the threading path and through the take-up lever from right to left.
Bring the thread back down the left slot of the threading path and into the needle eye from front to back. (Clip the thread end with sharp scissors fro easier needle threading.)
Raising the bobbin thread
Make sure the presser foot lever is raised.
Hold the end of the needle thread with your left hand. Turn the hand wheel toward you with your right hand until the needle goes down once and comes back up, stopping when the needle is at its highest position.
Gently pull up on the needle thread. The bobbin thread, looped around the needle thread, will be drawn up through the needle hole.
Push the thread tension release lever and pull about six inches of both the upper and lower threads toward the back of the machine, placing them under the presser foot.
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If you can't download the manual, try putting the thread on the spool holder with the thread coming off the spool toward the back of the machine. Be sure your fly wheel is turned toward you until the need is in its highest position. With the end of the thread, work your way across the top of the machine to the left, staying toward the back of the machine, threading through any thread guides as you go. There may only be one. Bring the thread toward the front of the machine and through the thread guide at the top front of the machine, then down on the right side of the tension knob and back up to the needle carrier. Then pull the thread down through any thread guides until you get to the needle. Thread the needle and pull the tail of thread to the back of your machine. Load your bobbin into the bobbin case, insert the case into the machine until you hear a click (you may need to rotate the case slightly to get it into the machine.) turn your fly wheel toward you while holding that top thread toward the back of the machine until the bobbin thread comes up. Pull the bobbin thread up and to the back of the machine an you are ready to go! Good luck!
Before you get a sewing machine for $25 at a garage sale, make sure it truly sews.
You will need to bring thread, scrap material, and a pair of scissors. (I bring a couple types of pre-wound bobbins and a needle.) First, does it have all the parts? Bobbin case, bobbin, cord, foot pedal? Are the cords frayed, or the plugs broken? Will the owner let you plug it in? Are you able to thread it and wind the bobbin? Does it make a stitch in the straight stitch AND zig zag modes? If any of these are no, walk away. Use that $25 to save towards a quality new machine, or wait for another garage sale.
HINT: install a brand new needle. Remove the top thread from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and then rethread the top thread. The upper tension should start out set at the midway point. Use only fresh, good quality thread--AVOID old or bargain bin threads.
If the machine is threaded correctly top and bottom, but is still not catching the bobbin thread, then it's possible the machine is out of time. Search for sewing machine timing or take it for service.
Since it is an older mechanical machine, it is recommended to clean and oil the machine frequently. Oil Before using it if it has been in storage. If the machine is sticky, motor drags, etc., here's a good reference for getting it back in shape:
you need to type in the model number only and click search.
Most toploading drop in bobbins are similar though so even if you can't find the exact singer manual, try looking at a few others and see if they are similar to your machine.
Generally, the bobbin will need to go into the bobbin holder and the thread needs to be clicked into a tension spring, then the thread reverses direction in a "V' shape and goes out to the side to be caught by the top thread.
I can definitely help you with the owners manual. Go to http://parts.singerco.com/IPinstManuals/457A_105_125_135_143A.pdf and you can download it direct from singer, no viruses, nothing. Just save it in Adobe format.
The bobbin thread problem is called a birds' nest and can be from a number of problems. First thing to do is to change your needle, especially if it was the one you bought the machine with. It may look perfectly straight to the naked eye. But it only needs to be a little bent to cause a problem. If this doesn't clear the problem up, make sure you're using a new bobbin, freshly wound. If the bobbin isn't wound properly or is an old bobbin that's slightly bent or not quite round, it'll cause problems, too. Finally, the machine may need a new bobbin casing. Do a google search for Singer sewing machine parts and search for a bobbin casing for a model 457. You'll remove the plate from the top of the machine CAREFULLY (the screws are small, so be careful not to lose them!). Take pictures if you need to with your cell phone so you can see what to do when you need to put the new casing in. Bobbin casings are usually $25-30. This is the last thing, and I would only do this if you see that thread is catching on something in the bobbin area when you're moving the wheel by hand.
I've tried to be clear on the last bit, but I realize it can be a little awkward. If you need any other help with that, please leave me a comment back. It goes straight to my email, so I'll see it quick and will get back to you right away. The manual doesn't help a lot with your bobbin problem, so I'll do whatever I can to help you through it and get you sewing. Good for you for finding a great garage sale find!
Are you trying to pull the thread when the presser foot is up or down. Try this, rethread, then with the presser foot up, pull the thread it should feed smoothly, Now put the presser foot down, now the thread should barely move. Sometimes this seats the thread in the tension discs. Also, check your top tension control, I use 3 and maybe that will help you. Is your bobbin threaded right? Hopefully, this will help
try rethread the machine top & bottom
if that doesn't work change thread-top & bottom
change the needle
make sure the thread has not come off the thread take up lever
also make sure the bobbin is not warped
here a needle & thread tip
Cut 6-8 inch piece of thread of the spool you are going to use for your project
Take the needle you are going to use for the project
& insert the thread thru the eye of the needle
& lift one end of the thread to a 45 degree angle
& if the needle is the right size for the thread it will slide down the thread
But if the needle hangs on the thread you need one size larger needle for the thread
if none of these suggestions work,,it may need to be serviced again,
but try a different repair shop if possible
check this site out for a mnual
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