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Singer Inspiration 4205... doesn't work!

I've got a brand new Singer Inspiration 4205 sewing machine.. it's a fairly basic machine that seems straightforward enough, but it hasn't worked properly since I've had it. First, I had a problem that too much bobbin thread was being pulled up... so, the top of the fabric had a beautiful stitch, but the underside looked like it'd been embroidered with shag carpet. I could alleviate the problem somewhat by adjusting the tension, but only temporarily -- it kept happening again. Then, one day when I was sewing, the needle completely stopped picking up the bobbin thread. So, when sewing, it looks like things are going well from the top, but when I release it... the stitches just fall out, because nothing has been stitched from beneath.
I looked over the instruction sheet and tried to make sure that I had everything set up properly... but it is fairly difficult to understand (because there are no words, only pictures), so I can't be sure. I've used sewing machines before though and felt relatively confident I had everything threaded properly.
Anyone have an idea?

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  • alaskalark Dec 13, 2007

    The bobbin tension is very loose and is not adjusting with the tension adjuster. This is a brand new machine, I'd hate to turn it in already. . .

  • LesleyLu Dec 31, 2007

    Hi I have the Inspiration 4206 and I am having the exact same problem. Please let me know if your was fixed, I would love to hear how you worked it out. I am so stressed out by this. I was excited to begin sewing but I have spent the last 24 hours trying to figure out how to thread the thing and picking out funky stitches. 

  • Placebo May 22, 2008

    I have the same problem as these people, but the solution given, holding the needle thread up, doesn't work at all.. I've tried re-threading, and I've tried adjusting the tension, nothing works. The thread on the bottom keeps bunching up, and half the time, the needle comes unthreaded as well. Please help before I throw the machine across the room...

  • sylva1 Aug 10, 2008

    I have tried everything for the very same problem. Got mine from HSN, didn't use it for a couple of months (too late to return it). Took it to a repair shop, they said it would cost more to fix than it was worth. They said Singer name was sold years ago and that now all of their machines are now

    ****. Not at all the quality of the old Singers. I am fed up with singer and fed up with HSN.

  • Anonymous Oct 21, 2008

    I can't get the top of the stitch to look right.... the bottom looks okay. So what is the RIGHT way to thread it??? This is getting on my nerves!

  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2008

    Exact same problem - spent all day trying to adjust - I am going back to Joann Fabrics right now to return . Have to finish halloween costume by Friday . . . uh oh!

  • livinsimple Apr 07, 2009

    Ok, I am having this exact same problem. I am an ametuer sewer and this is reala frustrating. I was told this is a good machine for beginners, but I beg to differ.
    I think I am going to take it back to Joann's tomorrow and get a different brand.

  • rt beginner May 04, 2009

    I thought I was not doing something right because Im a beginner, but I guess this is a singer flaw....I tried Solution #4 posted by TLC RV. It seems to work (for now). Thanks alot!! And I concur, heavy fabrics and multiple layers seem to be a challenge with this machine >:(

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Check the position of the bottom piece that holds the bobbin carrier to the left so it rides smoothly on the rotating hook that carries the upper thread around the bobbin. I found my wife"s machine loose so the bobbin carrier was out of position and not riding on the ledge of the rotating part. loosen two screws and push it to the left and tighten.
If upper thread bunches below the material it needs more tension so it pulls back up through the material.
If the old singers were fords this is a yugo
(been fixing and adjusting her machines for years. ))

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I am planning to call Singer. It's working pretty good now, but I have to constantly rethread it because of the birdsnesting (thread gathering on the back). I called the place where I purchased it from and they gave me some help with threading that helped dramatically (the instuction booklet is not accurate). Overall, I am dissapointed too. 

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  • LesleyLu Jan 15, 2008

    The machine is not good handling heavy fabrics, especially when they are layered. I called Singer and they gave me helpful hints on how to thread it properly (the manuel is off). You have to thread through the white clip, down through the silver thing and then run the thread along the side of the circular thing (on the side of the silver thing), then run it along the thread guide and up and over. Make sure you keep the thread snug when you are going through. It's very misleading and I do not think I'll go with singer again either. I am really disappointed it's good when you're working on cotton and light fabric but anything slightly heavy and you're in trouble. 

  • LesleyLu Jan 15, 2008

    The machine is not good handling heavy fabrics, especially when they are layered. I called Singer and they gave me helpful hints on how to thread it properly (the manuel is off). You have to thread through the white clip, down through the silver thing and then run the thread along the side of the circular thing (on the side of the silver thing), then run it along the thread guide and up and over. Make sure you keep the thread snug when you are going through. It's very misleading and I do not think I'll go with singer again either. I am really disappointed it's good when you're working on cotton and light fabric but anything slightly heavy and you're in trouble. 

  • LesleyLu Sep 14, 2008

    It is sad to  say but I think the days of quality Singer machines are long gone. I tried EVERYTHING and my machine did not correct itself. I decided to trade it in and get a different brand and I have not had any problems since. If you can return it I suggest you do so as quickly as possible before you are stuck with the little engine that could not. Good Luck!!!
     

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OMG--same problem. Top stitch looks great but when I look at the bottom stitch it is birdnesting. I bought this machine off of Home Shopping Network. I don't trust Singer anymore. This product is the pitts!

Posted on Jan 14, 2008

When there is a problem on the bottom, it is caused by the upper threading , tension , or needle. Try changing the needle and re-threading the machine. Then adjust the tension as needed and see if this helps.

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This is JUST great.....besides your problems (which all happen to be the same) something else broke on mine too.....and ARG!!! why couldnt i have found this out BEFORE!!!
i wanted to get a different brand, but my mom was like "singer"......why....and now im stuck with this **** machine...ARG

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I bought my mom  this exact same sewing machine for christmas and we are have the same problem. I was able to sew on it fine when using velvet fabric. but when my mom started sewing with a heavier weight fabric, the thread kept bunching up on the underside. we spent almost a whole day trying to fix it. but no luck, so she wants to take it back. bummer. i usually trust singers.

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Underneath the table on the mechanics of the machine is a bobbin shuttle. the bobbin fits into the shutttle. when the machine rotates the bobbin rotates as the needle comes down. the shuttle picks up the thread from above and inserts the thread from the bobbin. when the needle comes out of the base it should carry with it the bobbin thread. try holding the loose end of the needle thread as it makes its motion down through the fabric.

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