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I don't know how to backstitch. It's a singer zig zag 457 model. Thanks, Becky

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If you have a lever for the stitch length then all you have to do is push it all the way up and it will reverse

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Please how do I work a zig zag pattern on my manual operated singer sewing machine


Hello, Annelien -

Unless your manually operated sewing machine has switches to realign your sewing machine needle to make zig zag stitching, as is demonstrated in this YouTube video (starting at around 6:30 minutes in the video):
https://www.fearlessmakers.com/manual-sewing-machine-works/
you cannot. Note: The machine in the video is a Necchi brand sewing machine.

Without knowing the model number of your manually operated Singer sewing machine, I cannot try to find operating instructions for it to determine if your machine has zig zag stitching potential.

Best wishes.

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Needle bar does not move in zig zag mode on singer 457 stylist and will not move to full left with the position lever


Have you changed your presser foot over to the zig zag foot? On some machines it won't work correctly until you change to the correct presser foot.

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I am trying to replace monofilm panels in a windsurfing sail, using a Singer 457 zig zag sewing machine. I cannot create a good zig zag seam when the monofilm is sandwiched between two canvas layers.


Joe, you might try a larger needle than you're using. You might also want to try a larger leather needle. You machine should take needles up to a size 18.

It sounds like the needle you're using is having a problem picking up the bobbin thread, and that might solve it.

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Go to the singer website
Go to the home page
Go to customer service--click on it--it will show a small menu--click on instruction manual
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There are manuals avilable online to purchase for the singer machines, SOrry I was not able to locate a site that has them for free.
.... http://sewingonline.co.uk/singer-manuals.html

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