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To the left of the top of the needle there is a little lever. Make sure the needle is all the way up by turning the wheel. Pull the lever down and a hook will go throught the eye of the needle. Place the thead across the hook and release the lever. You should have a loop of thread coming out the back side of the needle. Pull the loop and your needle is threaded.

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Messages about safe device activated & press the needle position button

The noise is because the machine is trying to raise or lower a needle and can't move. Several things to check. Did the needle break and jam in the bottom thread? Is the needle bent or jam? Did the thread jam in the bobbin area? I had a 'knot' of thread build up on the bottom and it hooked itself into the metal clip on the bobbin so that the needle couldn't raise. If thread jams in the bottom carefully cut the threads until you can free the hoop and material. Then check to make sure all pieces of thread and fuzz has been removed in the bobbin case. If it happens again check to see if the bobbin case or the throat plate is scratched or bent. If you are stitching Free Standing Lace on this machine or a piece with over 20,000 stitches I recommend starting with a new full bobbin and a new needle. As you get toward the bottom of the bobbin, thread seems to have a high likelihood of tangling or looping.

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Need a manual for Singer sewing machine, model number 7442...need to know how to thread needle

You can download a manual for free from the Singer website, link is

just copy this link into your browser window and give it time to download as its a large pdf file. Once open on your screen, you can click the "clipboard" icon to save the file to somewhere on your PC. Then print it out and either bind up or put pages into a display book so its easy to flip through and stays with the machine.

Just remember to always thread up the top thread with the pressure foot up - this opens up the tension device so the thread can seat it correctly and is something often missed.

Also, use a new needle for each new sewing project, ie about 4-6 sewing hours change the needle and throw out the old one. A blunt needle is often the cause of bad stitching.

All sewing machines, whatever the make, will have similar key parts that are critical to threading up. These will be thread spool holder, the top thread tension device, thread take up lever, a couple of thread guides, the needle bar and needle. Thread in order from the spool down to the needle as per the threading diagram in your manual, ensuring you get the the thread into each thread guide fully, then thread the needle from front to back.

Place the wound bobbin into the bobbin case, it should rotate anticlockwise when you pull the thread tail. Now place the bobbin case into the machine using the latch, and it should lock into place when you let go the latch.

Now hold the top thread tail, wind the balance wheel (big one on the side of the machine) towards you to lower the needle through one stitch sequence so that the needle goes down then back up, now pull the top tail and the bobbin thread should be caught and pulled up to the top of the needle plate. Always hold both threads at the back of the needle plate as you start a new seam to ensure the threads don't get pulled down into the bobbin case/rotary hook area.

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I have a white sewing machine model #426, the thread breaks at the needle as soon as it starts to sew. I cleaned and oiled the machine.

Could be a couple of things so best to trouble shoot the following possible causes:

Cheap thread, brittle old thread. Always store thread in an airtight container out of sunlight and don't use the cheap 5 rolls in a bag in the bargain bin in your sewing machine, fine for hand tacking but not good to machines. Brands like Gutermann, Metrosyne or Sylko Supreme are good.

Needle bent or has a burr on it or is in backwards. Change needle, flat shank to the back.

Thread is catching somewhere on the threading path from spool to needle. Or hooking up on the thread spool itself, some brands have a little notch cut in top to hold the thread tail, but thread can catch in this as you start to stitch. Turn thread spool up other way or use a mushroom cap over the spool to help thread to run off smoothly.

Thread top tension is too tight, should be on 5. When you lower the pressure foot and pull the thread from below the tension device, can you feel firm tension on the thread. Should still be able to pull it though. If you can't pull it it at all when set to 5 then device is faulting.

Obviously if you have tried all of the above and it is still faulting, or you thing the top tension device is the cause, then you could try cleaning the top tension discs (turn to zero and floss with dental floss, check one of my other solutions, I've covered this lots), then I'd suggest it needs a professional service.

If you don't have a manual for your machine they are available from Singer website,, type in W426 then click "search", often free as pdf files.

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Keeps jamming and the thread keeps bunching up on the back of the fabric

Please check that the top thread is in tension as your description of thread looping on the underside is indicative of no tension on the needle thread.

Always raise the pressure foot when you thread up the top thread to ensure the tension device is open so that the thread can seat into the tension fully.

Check top tension is set to 5 or whatever your machine's middle number is. Rethread from the thread spool to just before the needle, making sure the thread goes into all the eyelets, the tension device and the take up lever. Now lower the pressure foot and tug the top thread, it should be firm if it is in tension.

If you can't get any tension on the top thread, then it is likely that the tension device itself is faulty.

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I hava a Janome 393 Sewing Machine which I got down from Middle East. I lost my manual on my return. Though the machine is new but it is skpping stitches. I shall appreciate if you guide me how to feed the...

First simple fix would be to change the needle for a fresh sharp one, the right size for the fabric you are sewing. Blunt or burred needles will cause poor stitching, missed stitches and often a popping or squeaking sound. New needle for every 4-6 sewing hours is the rule of thumb. I put in a new one for each new project and that way, I know it is fresh and the appropriate size and type. Use ball point needles for stretch fabrics and regular needles for woven fabrics.

I can not see a threading diagram for your machine on line but this site has good step by step instructions and also photos identifying the important parts of a sewing machine. They vary between makes and models but once you understand what each part does and how the stitch is formed, it is straightforward to thread up an unknown machine as they always have a similar path from the spool, to tension device, to a take up lever, then to the needle. Same applies to the bobbin, whether it is top loading or horizontal. There is a right way to put in the bobbin, and always some sort of tension spring or device which controls the release of the thread from the bobbin during stitching.tally_girl_37.jpg I can not find a 393 image either but here goes on the above image. Put the thread onto the spool pin on the back of the machine, right hand side. Sometimes the pins are retractable and need to be pulled up, others are fixed in place. Take the thread tail from right across to the left side and around the thread guide on top of the machine, the little metal hook, then down the front of the machine on the right hand side of that long dark green panel, at bottom, reverse direction and take back up the left hand side and catch thread into the take up lever. You can't see it in this photo, turn the fly wheel towards you until it raises up to its highest point and thread or pull the thread into its open end. Now back downwards towards the needle. There is usually a thread guide on the needle bar, hook thread behind this, then thread the needle and pull a tail of about 10 cms out under the pressure foot and to the back.
Now thread the bobbin, clicking the thread tail into tension spring. On many Janomes, the bobbin cover is a clear plastic piece and has an image showing the right rotation for the bobbin to make things easy.

Now turn the flywheel towards you holding the top thread tail firmly, go through one downwards movement with the needle, then back upwards again and pull the thread tail, catching and pulling the bobbin thread up to the top of the needle plate. Both threads under the foot and out the back and your ready to sew!

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How do i thread the needle

visit this website, type in your model number and download the manual for your White, then follow the instructions for threading it.

If you have issues with actually getting the thread through the needle, then use a needle threading device, you can find these at the local habadashery shop.

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Dont no how to work the autmatic theader

You haven't said what make and model but on my Janome 6500 the auto needle threader is a little plastic piece that you pull down on the left of the needle bar. You pull it downwards and it swings over and a little hook comes through the eye of the needle. Now pull your top thread down in front of it and then to the right against the bottom of it. This brings the thread across the front of the needle and the little hook. Let the threading device go and it should pull back out of the needle and upwards again, taking the thread with it and through the eye of the needle. Now, just disenage the thread from the little hook and you should be ready to go.

Most needle threaders are some variation on this, a little wire or hook that comes through the eye from the back to front, so you can introduce the thread into it, then pull it back through the needle eye.

Of course you can always remove the needle from the needle holder, and thread it with a little manual needle threader in the same direction, insert it from the back, put the thread into the wire loop, then pull it back through the needle eye. Then put the needle back into the needle holder flat shank to the back, if your machine doesn't have this feature. Most multi packs of hand sewing needles will come with a little metal needle threader which often just sits there unused.

I hope this assists you with your machine.

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Machine was working fine. After lunch I returned to sewing to find the top thread that goes through the needle will continuously go around the bobbin. It will only sew only 1 to 3 inches before the...

Check the tension on the top thread - this sounds like the top tension device is not engaged or has broken.

Lower the pressure foot and pull the top thread from just before the needle, it should offer resistance to your pulling. If not, check the tension device, rethread and ensure the thread is pulled between the tension discs.

If no joy, then perhaps a trip to the shop is in order, the tension spring/device may have broken.

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Why am I getting puckering and loops on thr underside of the seam? Please!

The most likely cause is that the top thread is not under tension.

You need to review your threading up; raise the presser foot first so that the tension device is open. Then thread from the thread spool to the needle as per your manual, paying attention to the thread take up lever, and the tension device and ensuring the thread goes into all the thread eyes on the path.

A good way to check if the top tension device is working is the following:
Turn tension to number 4, thread up to just before the needle bar thread guides, then lower the pressure foot to engage the tension and pull downwards on the thread. It should feel very firm and be difficult to pull. If this is not happening at all and you can see that the thread has seated into the tension device fully, then the device itself is faulty and it will need to be serviced.

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How do I theard the needle on the 5050C singer machine?

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