I have tried everything short of standing on my head and still can't get the bobbin thread to raise. I have changed my needle, adjusted the top thread tension both ways, re-threaded the machine many times, changed bobbins and rethreaded it twice, and read the book cover to cover. any suggestions would be very helpful. I have a brand new (only used once before now) Singer Inspiration 4220/4228. please help asap!!!!
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Re: can't get the bobbin thread to raise
Check the flat side of the needle is facing the rear of the machine.....thread needle when needle is at top of its travel....with 100mm/4in excess length
Set top tension to 4
Pull about 75mm/3in of thread thru bobbin case
Rotate handwheel manually one revolution holding needle thread loosely......does it pick up bobbin thread ?
If this still won't pick up, the timing is out, take it back to the Dealer and ask them to restore the setting, as it should not lose timing that easily unless it was marginal leaving the factory, or you have been quite brutal with heavy workload of heavy duty fabrics which you say is not the case..
...items are sold and need to be "fit for their intended purpose" whether new or second hand, with a new item, you have the added protection of a 12 mth warantee....
....phone them to explain your dilemma, what you have done to try to solve it according to manual etc and arrange a time to take it back..
...they will want your good words about them to your friends and that you go back to buy other things over time.
Maybe you should try and take the needle out and make sure it is installed correctly or you could make sure that the bobbin case is installed correctly as well, since on this modle it tends to pop out.
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1. You need to remove the bobbin case and adjust the tension. The tension should allow the thread to move with a slight tension. Clean the area with a qtip. The bobbin case sits in a an area that is called the race. The race needs one drop of oil. Replace everything.
2. Replace the needle. Make sure it is in the right direction. Thread the top while the foot is up. If the thread gets stuck while threading there is a problem. The thread should move easily while the foot is up. After you thread the machine except the needle you can put the foot down. Now pull on the thread. It should give you a slight amount of tension. Usually four is a good number. If the tension is too tight you can adjust as needed. Now, thread the needle. Hold the thread under the foot while you turn the hand wheel. The bobbin thread should come up.
3. Give your machine a try with a slow speed.
it indicates that you have a situation called " bird nesting" and that is a result of the needle thread tension being too loose
needle tension should be tight so that when you pull the thread to thread the needle you have to exert a bit of effort to pull the thread through the tension plates
you can adjust up or down from that feeling
thread thickness affects the tension and needle eye size also affects the tension as a small eye on large thread makes the thread movement hard indicating less tension or a big eye on a small thread affects the tension as the thread slips easily and needs more tension to pull the bobbin thread up to the centre of the material being sewn
1. REPLACE NEEDLE W/FLAT PART AWAY FROM YOU.
2. MAKE SURE THE TOP THREAD IS PROPERLY THREADED.
3. INSURE BOTTOM BOBBIN IS ROTATING RIGHT DIRECTION. (USUALLY COUNTERCLOCKWISE) ALLOW THREE INCHES OF THREAD PULLED AWAY.
4. HOLD TOP THREAD W/LEFT HAND AND ROTATE HAND WHEEL TOWARDS YOURSELF. DOES IT BRING THE BOBBIN THREAD UP?
5. IF THE BOBBIN CARRIER IS INSTALLED PROPERLY THE HOOK (POINTED OBJECT) UNDER THE BOBBIN SHOULD "HOOK" THE TOP THREAD AND BRING THE THREAD AROUND THE BOBBIN THREAD. THE NEEDLE AND TOP THREAD SHOULD BE PULLING THE BOBBIN THREAD UPWARDS. IF THE HOOK DIDN'T "HOOK" THE NEEDLE THREAD THE PROBLEM IS THE DISTANCE OF THE NEEDLE AND HOOK APART OR THE TIMING. YOU MAY TRY TO MOVE THE NEEDLE TO THE LEFT SIDE AND AGAIN TRY ROTATING THE HAND WHEEL. IF IT DOESN'T WORK THEN TRY TO MOVE THE NEEDLE ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT AND ROTATE THE HAND WHEEL. IF IT BRINGS THE BOBBIN THREAD UPWARDS IN EITHER CASE IT WILL SHOW A PROBLEM WITH TIMING. THIS WILL NEED TO BE ADJUSTED BY A PROFESSIONAL.
6. REMEMBER TO PUT ONE DROP OF OIL ON THE RACE TRACK BEFORE YOU PUT THE BOBBIN CARRIER IN.
try changing the needle
Correct needle insertion is mandatory for proper use of your sewing machine.
Raise the needle bar to the highest point, then loosen the needle clamp screw to remove the old needle.
Place the new needle in the needle clamp with the flat side of the needle facing the back, (round needle, the groove in the needle should face away from the shaft).
Push the needle all the way up as far as it will go. Then tighten the needle clamp screw.
also adjust the top thread tension until the stitch looks correct check the bobbin to see if it's warped clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for loose threads or lint
Don't worry! I'll try my best to help out here.
Problem is most likely in bobbin area. Remove bobbin, clean with brush to remove any threads caught in tension discs. Brush the feed dogs (teeth area under your needle plate).Rethread with presser foot in UP position so thread can locate tension slots. I recommend new needle and remember to push it up into needle bar shaft flat side back a's far a's it will go. Tighten needle clamp screw. That press foot must stay raised now while you insert
needle And thread it. Tension: Set at 4. Just a very short turn of tension if 4 is not giving desired results.
I hope this helps. It's probably very frustrating, I understand, but I know you can remedy this easily.
Follow above steps SLOWLY!