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My bobbin winder on the 5050 model singer sewing machine does not seem to work. You can hear it running, but will not turn bobbin.

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You have a very nice machine, I looked up your manual on for free, even if you have your manual it would not be a bad idea to download this one for backup. Now, do you have your machine threaded right for it to work? Take a look at the diagrams, I love the online one because you can make the diagrams larger and spot some of the errors easier. I have been sewing for 50+ years and amaze myself sometimes at the rookie mistakes I can make. I have 6 sewing machines and each one has their own quirks. Good luck and if you are stuck give Singer a call at 1-800-4singer and they can really help you out.

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Just received a singer futura II model 920 which seems to sew just right. When I tried to wind a bobbin, I just can't get it done.

If it is a new machine, take it for warranty service. Sounds like perhaps something is misaligned with the release lever. In the meantime, a standalone bobbin winder can be purchased at JoAnn's, Hancocks, or for about $35 (helps reduce wear & tear on your machine).

It's very difficult to say whether it is worth the price of repair. On the other hand, what would you do with a machine that doesn't work? It could be something very simple that can be repaired for a small price, or it could be something expensive. (However, since you indicate it is only the bobbin winder that is faulty, otherwise the machine works with that one exception, you can save up to get the bobbin winder fixed.) FWIW, a standard check, clean & oil could cost around $100 (based on what I currently pay for my machines). However, you could ask what it would cost to fix the bobbin winder only.

From a search on eBay:

You can track similar machines and their sales prices to determine if it would be worth fixing your machine. Even if you don't, you can still purchase the standalone bobbin winder and continue to use the machine anyway. A working machine is better than none at all.


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Bobbin winder "washer"

It's called the
"bobbin winder friction ring"
You can find one on the site below for $1.50 or so.

It's the last listing for machine parts.

Hope this helps, please rate this if helpful

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If it is turning ok then there is a rubber ring on the other end of the winder shaft and it should come in contact with the drive which turnes it ,if it is worn it might need a new rubber.

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