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How do I get a manual? I am missing mine and have never used this machine before. Don't even know how to thread the machine and or boobin. Sincerly Belinda Seale

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  • bettymalcolm Jan 03, 2009

    i have had a singer sewing machine 1120e for a xmas present and it has 4 different langages manuals but not english how can i get 1 ,



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There is a tel no. to call to get an English version, it will cost £8.00 but in my view worth it as you cant use it proerly without it. 02920774910
they are 1st domestic supplies. Have fun. Angela

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I have the same problem as another person you helped I need a manual for my Singer Prelude 8280 Mechanical Sewing Machine. I never received one with it. Can you help me?

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  • jacks4me Aug 06, 2008


    I have the same problem as another person you helped I need a manual for my Singer Prelude 8280 Mechanical Sewing Machine. I never received one with it. Can you help me?


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Heres a link where you can download the manual
Its in English and Spanish
Hope this helps

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Hi, I just need to know how to thread this machine properly or, where can I get a manual please?

Search the internet for:

Make + Model + the word "Manual"

or contact manufacturer support. Most machines are threaded similarly, so even if you can't find a manual for your model, a manual for a model similar to yours will be helpful.

You can also search YouTube videos for threading instructions.

When threading, be sure to always raise the presser foot during the upper threading process. This releases the tension disk and allows the thread to seat properly.

For skipped stitches, try installing a brand new needle.

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How to thread a sewing machine

It would help if the make and model were provided. Otherwise, go to YouTube and search for videos showing how to thread sewing machines. You may even find some for your particular machine if you search the make/model.

You may be able to find a manual by searching for:

Make + Model + the word "Manual"


Jan 25, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Thread is being shredded and breaks

have you checked that you are threading it correctly? I have found that even one missed step can cause major problems. If it is threaded correctly then you can try oiling the machine per the manual instructions. I have also found that my machine works best when using Maxi-lock thread. Some of the cheaper threads are not able to hold up to the commercial speed of this machine.

Feb 24, 2013 | Juki TL-98Q

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I have this serger, also. A friend (who knows sergers) and I spent 2 hours today trying to get the lower looper threaded--with no success! There is a diagram in the door of my machine, but it is still very confusing! I'm taking mine to the shop on Monday and have them thread it and show me how to do it!

May 13, 2011 | Janome MyLock 634D Mechanical Sewing...

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I have a 7050 model JC Penney sewing machine. I can not thread the machine properly, because there are tiny loops appearing on the underside of the material being sewn? Help?

The only place I saw for your manual was at tias, relics. You can google it and see the one I saw, I think the cost was $17 for a reproduction copy, I don't know who else would carry it, but it will answer your questions on how to thread it properly. Without seeing it I am assuming that you do not have it threaded right, or it needs a new needle. I am sure that it is a good old machine and worth fixing, they don't make em like they used to. I am not sure who made your model, so it would be best to buy the exact manual for your particular machine. Sears and Penney's did not make their own machines, they had other manufacturers make them, like Elna, Singer Necchi etc. Sometimes you can even purchase a repair manual that a Penney's technician had, I did with an old Kenmore that I had, but alas, it only confirmed my suspician that the motor was shot. You may be lucky and find one somewhere else for less money but I don't have time to do more research. Good luck

Apr 15, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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I have a cheap model of the Brother Sewing Machine used for simple projects. I can not get the machine to sew without the thread gathering and causing problems! I'm so sick of this!!!! I'm sure it has to...

Be sure of your threading, read the manual even if you think you know how to thread the machine. Also, make sure that your bobbin thread is in the tension spring the right way. If you are missing your manual go online to and customer support for a free copy to download. If, you still have problems try some metal bobbins, #15 works fine

Jul 27, 2010 | Brother Sewing Machines

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I have lost my book . i don''t know how i use it,even i do not know the simple sitch

I found this site that has diagrams for threading the machine. Most Singers thread the same, so once you learn one, you've pretty much got them all.

The bobbin thread usually goes counter-clockwise. If you find that the thread is getting caught up in the bobbin area, check to see if the bobbin has been inserted correctly.

Feb 11, 2010 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Missing part of sewing machine

That should be your foot I'm guessing?!? The machine should have come with several?!? Like, a zipper foot, button hole foot etc. Mine (Janome SX 2122) are stored in my machine, in the top section where you load the thread. , you can use one of the others. Mine also has a spare basic foot...have a look and see if it's there either in or with your machine or with some of the extra parts it should have come with (may run into troubles if it's second-hand you may not even have all of the parts)...if you don't have a basic foot you can often just use one of the other feet (like a zipper foot or something), which may not quite hold the material down, depending on what you're sewing, at least until you get a chance to get another basic foot...which you can get from any store that sells material or sewing machines. Hope that helps :)

Feb 18, 2009 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Thread keeps snapping on NEW Euro Pro 32-Stitch sewing machine

I have the same machine with the same issues. I am so frustrated! Here is how I am going to solve my problem in 4 simple steps:
Step 1. Open garbage can.
Step 2. Throw piece of **** supposed sewing machine into can.
Step 3. Cover garbage can, cursing loudly.
Step 4. Purchase a brand name sewing machine with a real warranty!

Dec 28, 2007 | Sewing Machines

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Baby Lock Protege BL5370Ed Serger

I was in a similar position (but had the manual). The manual isn't as complete as I'd like. Anyway, what finally got mine working were the following:
1. turn all tensions to zero before putting thread through them
2. thread the upper looper, then lower looper, then needles.
3. when threading the lower looper (mine kept pulling out), after passing the thread through the looper eye, it needs to go pretty much straight up, not wrapping around anything else - other thread, for example. Mine was at one point trying to wrap itself around a post.
4.when everything is all threaded up, make sure all threads are under the foot *and* pulled to the left (even though the manual says pull to the back). Then chain off without fabric, turning the handwheel by hand to make sure loops are forming. If so, adjust tensions to where you think they should be (mine are currently all between 2 and 5), and add fabric. Then tweak as needed.

For me, this was a lot of trial & error, hair-pulling, and getting tips 1, 2, and 4. I figured out #3 on my own, with much swearing along the way. Good luck!


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