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Singer 5050 will not sew a zigzag stitch. Can move the lever all the way over to the full zigzag width and it still only sews straight. Please help if you can.

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  • rhamm618 Oct 17, 2008

    Model : Singer 5040

    Problem, Will Sew Only Straight Stitch at approx. 1 1/2 inches. If I change the width to zigzag ( any width) no effect, if I change stitch legth ot any other length - No Effect.



    I opened it up top to ensure no broken / loose parts & I oiled it down. I open it up from underneath to ensure no broken / loose parts or stuck fabric / thread. I also oiled it below as well.I replaced the bobbin case - obvious wear marks on the old one, I changed the needle two times and the thread & bobbin ( rewound another bobbin ).



    None of this had any effect but I did notice in programmed stitches I can get a zigzag so it can't be that it isn't able to stitch the zigzag, just it isn't doing it for some reason.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    HOW TO REPLACE STITCH WIDTH LEVER

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    I am trying to make a button hole but instead of zigzagging it sews a straight line. How do I fix this? I have lever pulled down with button image on it as it beeps if I don't.

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You must adjust the program control, to the zig-zag position also.

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I was hoping you would have got another answer, I have a mechanical sewing machine ( Singer 5040) with the exact same problem. However, if i use the programed stitches I can sew a zigzag. If i do it manually and set the zigzag width to any width ( even the widest) I get only the same straight stitch, and no mater what length I select it is the same too, very close to gether about 1 1/2 inch stitch.
I took my entire maching apart to expose inside both top side and underneath, nothing apeared loose or broke and i oiled it up. I bought a new bobbin holder and still the same effect. So it has to be something serious is my conclusion...sounds like a trip to Sears to me...LOL

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