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Singer featherweight 221 timeing is off

I have an antique singer. The needle hits the bobbin case when the wheel is turned. I have tried to "time" it but after several hours, just can't figure it out. I need a picture of what it looks like assembled correctly to not whack the needle when the bobbing case comes around. Thank you

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There is a web site/group called featherweights, maybe .com or .org

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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I am having a similar problem with my machine except it got much worse and now does not sew consistently. The needle is contacting the bobbin case. I found the following information about adjusting the timing and it looks like it might solve my problem- keeping my fingers crossed- maybe it will help you too.

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I received a 221 singer feather light as a gift.... Love using old machines. It will not pick up the bobbin thread. When it cycles the top thread hangs up and breaks.

Lucky you!

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