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How do you adjust the timing on 221 featherweight The hook is hitting the top of the throat plate.

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  • sewtexas May 11, 2010

    you are not describing a timing problem, sounds like your needle plate is not installed with hook gid, small pc of metal the sticks up from hook, this pc must be in the slot in the neelde plate, when install needle plate this pc needs to be at 12 oclock



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See if the moderator who seems to know whats what can help. I am also sure one of the techs here will know too.

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