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How do I thread the model 1120 . I can get it threaded until I get to the last step before putting the thread in the needle.

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Go to and download you manual, you can make the pages nice and big to see the thread path. It is free so, don't worry about that. Good luck & happy sewing

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Hi I have threaded the needle but when I stitch the cotten comes out of the needle can you help please

When you thread and then start up your machine to sew, for instance, a seam, there's one more step you have to take. After you have threaded, placed your fabric under the foot, and put your presser foot down, pull a length of thread--enough so you can grab, maybe 3" or 4"--pull the thread to the back of the machine and then hold it down for the first stitch or two. You see, when it starts to take the first stitch the upper thread pulls towards the machine, and if there's not enough left over, it will pull it right back though the needle! All you have to do to get around that is to make sure the end of the upper thread is being held down with your hand long enough to take the first stitch or two--then you can let it go.

Apr 15, 2015 | Singer 1120 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Threading a bernina

Depends on the model, for detail but basically: Ensure the takeup arm / needle is at the top of its motion - with electronic models this is easiest done just by 'blipping' the foot controller and the needle will automatically return to top. Put your spool of thread on the spool pin. On older models with the vertical spool pins ALWAYS use a felt pad underneath to prevent the spool spinning when the thread is drawn off. On later models with a horizontal spool pin, hold the spool in place with the correct size retainer, with the larger diameter facing away from the spool. Make sure the foot is up (this is important). Draw thread off the spool and route it through the pre-tensioner on the back of the machine, then through the slot until it passes through the tension discs next to the tension control. The thread is then brought down the right-hand-side of the takeup arm cover, and pulled-up the left-hand side (it should be pulled into the check spring at the bottom, automatically. Pass the thread around the right-hand-side of the takeup arm and then the left-hand-side so that the thread is left running through the takeup arm. Drop the presser foot. Route the thread behind the lower thread guide at the bottom of the takeup arm cover and then through the thread guide at the bottom of the needle bar, just above where the screw that retains the needle is situated. The thread guide might be a simple loop of wire or a clip on the botom of the needle bar. Thread the thread through the eye of the needle either manually or using the needle threader, if fitted and off you go. It's important to have the foot raised when routing the thread through the upper tension discs to make sure the thread sits properly within the discs rather than just going over the top of them. Raising the foot holds the tension discs open.

Jun 29, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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How do i thread a singer model #1120 sewing machine?

You can download your manual directly from singer. It has illustrated instructions. Go to and put your model number (1120) in the search box. This will bring you to the download page.
I've included an image of the page on threading your machine below:
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Mar 01, 2011 | Singer 1120 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Right after I start the needle sewing the thread bunches up on the underside of the fabric. I have tried holding the thread ends when I start sewing but it still happens

try changing the needle
check the top thread tension
also check to make sure there is no lint or loose threads in the bobbin area
make sure there is no lint under the needle plate
some times the needle & thread are not compatable- try this & see if it work for you
Cut 6-8 inch piece of thread of the spool you are going to use for your project
Take the needle you are going to use for the project
& insert the thread thru the eye of the needle
& lift one end of the thread to a 45 degree angle
& if the needle is the right size for the thread it will slide down the thread
But if the needle hangs on the thread you need one size larger needle for the thread

Oct 11, 2010 | Singer 1120 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Why is my machine breaking my top thread

check needle to see if it's damaged
rethread the machine
check top thread tension
the needle & thread may not be compatable here's how to check
cut a 6-8 inch piece of thread that your going to sew with, take the needle your going to sew with either from the machine or package
insert the thread into the eye of needle & lift one end of the thread up to a 45 degree angle & see if the needle will slide down the the thread,,if it slides easily it will work with the thread,,if it hangs on the thread,, use a one size larger needle

Sep 30, 2010 | Singer 1120 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Thread loops underneath

thread loops on bottom--looping thread could be caused by 2 things
1.check the needle see if it's bent or blunt--lay needle on flat surface & roll the needle over---if needle does not roll true ---change needle

Jul 31, 2010 | Singer 1120 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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How to thread the machine.
check out this link.. it is described clearly with the help of images...

try to do by reading these steps..

Step 1 Raise the needle to its highest position by turning the handwheel toward you.
Step 2 Raise the presser foot. This will allow the thread to easily pass through the threading points and will prevent the machine needle from becoming unthreaded when you begin to stitch.
Step 3 Place a spool of thread on the spool pin located at the top of your sewing machine. If the spool pin runs horizontally, secure the spool of thread with the cap provided.
Step 4 Take hold of the thread end and pass it through the designated threading points on the top of the machine casing, then down toward the tension assembly. The tension assembly is located on the left side of the machine and controls the flow of thread.
Step 5 Take the thread under the tension assembly and back up through the next threading point at the top left of the machine. Make sure the thread has passed between two tension discs as well as the hook that may be attached to the left side of the tension dial.
Step 6 Push the thread end through the lever at the top left of the machine, if applicable, and down through the threading points at bottom left and above the needle.
Step 7 Thread the needle from the front or back of the needle. The threading direction will depend on your machine type.
Step 8 Pull a few inches of thread through the eye of the needle and pull the thread to your left.
Step 9 Insert a wound bobbin into the machine, if necessary, and close the throat plate. A few inches of bobbin thread should be pulled out to the right and sticking out from under the closed throat plate.
Step 10 Take hold of the thread that has been threaded through the machine needle.
Step 11 Rotate the hand wheel toward you until the needle disappears into the bobbin case.
Step 12 Keep holding on to the thread and move the hand wheel so the needle is once again at its highest position. As the needle rises, a loop of bobbin thread will come up as well.
Step 13 Pull the thread out toward your left to draw the bobbin thread loop further out of the bobbin case.

Step 14
Let the top thread go and pull the bobbin thread up until the end comes up. Pull the top and bottom threads under the presser foot and to the back and right of the machine.

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Jan 13, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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I have the bobbin threaded and put back into the machine but I can't get the thread from the needle to catch the bobbin thread on a brother vz-1120 machine

Make sure that a new needle is fully inserted up with the flat side to the back.

Unthread the machine. Place the presser foot in the up position, the take -up lever in its highest position and set the tension to 5.

Re-thread the machine and then try to sew.

Jul 19, 2009 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Was given an old model Singer 237 Fashion Mate with no manual. cannot get the bobbin to thread properly.

We'll here is a picture of what I need help on I need to know how to put the needle back along with the needle clamp screw

Jul 09, 2009 | Singer Sewing Machines

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I have a singer model 1120 that is in its first use. I threaded the machine correctly, however, the handwheel appears to have too much tension and will not allow me to go down far enough to sew. Is there...

Have you checked your bobbin, mine sometimes gets the needle thread stuck underneath the bobbin and it all gets really tight and won't let the needle go down enough to sew.

Jun 08, 2008 | Singer 1120 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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