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Retiming a Singer 5050

I am looking for instructions on retiming a Singer 5050. Everthing is in working order and have tried all other trouble shooting suggestions. The needle will not pick up the bobbbin thread and bobbin does not move at all. Any help is greatley appreciated. Thanks!

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  • morgansj2000 May 03, 2008

    I'm having the same problem! Help!

  • Patty40 Aug 23, 2008

    Hi I do have the same problem. You can see the catch spinning however it won't catch the thread. I have a singer 4228. Thank you.

  • Anonymous Sep 05, 2008

    I have a singer 5050 that the timing went out on I need the instructions. Please. I have no book on this machene.

  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    Where do I order parts for the Singer 5050? I could not find the model listed on the Singer parts site.

  • cleokirbye Jan 24, 2009

    My needle was hitting the plate and now the bobbin thread does not pick up. Is my machine broken or can I fix it myself.

  • mmgfrederick Mar 01, 2009

    My husband bought me a Singer 5050 for $195.00 that is 2 yrs old w/maybe 4hrs run time. I have sent it to the repair shop 3-4 times and I keep getting the same answer: "it keeps jumping time". I am tired of paying $75.00 every time I have to bring it to the shop. The top thread is jamming up in the bobbin area and it is not making a full stitch. It is catching the bobbin thread but the bobbin is tight & the top thread is very loose. I have pictures if anyone can e-mail me with suggestions @



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