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Jams Used it quite a bit over last week (first I'd used it), then suddenly jammed. Read the manual. Cleaned under the faceplate, cleaned out the bobbin area. No help -- 3 stitches and would be jammed (sewing flannel squares together). Changed bobbins. No help. Cleaned and oiled bobbin area. No help. It looks like the needle starts moving to the right and then it physically jams. I know what you're thinking, but there's only one way to assemble the bobbin pieces -- plus the design hasn't changed much over the last 50 years -- I kept my grandmother's Singer working well for her for many years and am quite familiar with the bobbin parts. Changed needle (didn't look bent, but changed it anyway. No help. Needle tight.Setting was for straight stitch, center. Tried straight stitch, needle on the right. No help. Using 2.5 stitch length. It had been just a dream to use -- now it's a nightmare. Ready to throw it away. You're my only hope...

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  • lcccteach Dec 13, 2009

    Thanks for all suggestions. Found answer elsewhere -- screws had loosened slightly in the mechanism that involves the needle --took end of casing off (like you would to change the bulb) then tightened every screw I could see. Don't overtighten. Now it works like a champ -- was able to finish baby quilt for daughter's baby shower -- just in time. :-)

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I make flannel square quilts for babies, it is a nightmare itself. It makes a lot of lint in the bobbin case and under the face plate, try prewashing the fabric before using it and clean out the bobbin case frequently while sewing. When i dont prewash it, i just open the bobbin area and blow the cotton dust out with my breath or i use the small brush to clean it out

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Testimonial: "Thank you -- excellent suggestions. I had prewashed the flannel and cleaned the lint out frequently-but didn't help this time. Thnx for valuable ideas"

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When I put the needle all the way down the needle touches the metal?

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