Question about Singer Sewing Machines
I'm assuming you're referring to the height of the needle at its highest point, and YES, there is a specification for it. It is possible for the needle height to go "off," and when it does, it won't pick up the thread. That is one of the two causes for the thread not being picked up -- the other is the hook timing.
The easiest way to address this is to purchase the service manual for your machine -- it will tell you how high the needle is supposed to be and how to adjust it. Sewing Parts Online sells service manuals, and if they don't have it they can order it for you -- generally takes two weeks.
Zigzag stitching has nothing to do with it, by the way--leave that part alone.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Zig Zag Stitch not working
THis problem occurred as I was sewing on Neoprene. I was using Gutterman all-purpose thread and a size 80 needle. Tried switching to a size 70, then to size 90. Still unable to zig zag. After inserting a test sample of cotton, the zig zag worked perfectly, so I knew it was not a mecahnical problem. I switched needles again. This time to size 90 for stretch fabric. Voila! Problem solved.
Posted on May 24, 2009
SOURCE: skipped stitches
Change the needle first and make sure it is inserted correctly. Use good thread i.e.: Guterman or Metler are some. If you are using a stretch material then put a stretch needle in the machine. If you do all this and it still skips then you may have a mechanical problem with the machine. The machine is "out of timing". Have a good tech. look at it. This happens quite frequently on "inexpensive" machines. Sorry.
Posted on Jul 28, 2009
Try these solutions.
* Re-thread your needle
It may be threaded incorrectly (backwards).
* Reinsert your needle
Make sure it goes all the way into the holder and that it’s positioned correctly – usually with the
flat side away from the bobbin, but consult your machine’s manual to be sure.
*Change your needle
Your needle may be blunt, bent, or otherwise damaged.
*Your fabric may require a different needle. Generally, heavier fabrics require larger needles and
thinner fabrics, smaller needles. You may also need a larger needle if
you’re sewing through many layers of fabric. And make sure to use a ballpoint needle for knit fabrics and a sharp needle for wovens (or a universal needle for either).
And make sure your needle is appropriate for the type of thread you’re using.
* Adjust the pressure of your pressure foot
It may be too light for your fabric.
* Change your thread
If your upper thread and bobbin threads are different types, try using the same thread for
both. And use a good quality, brand name thread.
* Adjust your thread tension
It may be too tight or too loose.
* Re-thread your machine
It may be threaded incorrectly.
* Change your needle plate
Try switching to a needle plate with a smaller hole (a straight stitch needle plate).
Important: If you change your needle plate, check to make sure your needle aligns perfectly with
this smaller hole before starting to sew. A misaligned needle could hit the plate and break, which
could be dangerous. And make sure to change your needle plate back for zigzag and other wide
I hope this helps you.
Posted on Sep 15, 2009
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