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Singer 5817c I have atiming issue on my machine where the needle comes down and hits the metal underneath the bobbin and breaks or bend the needle. Any suggestions?

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  • Barbara Grant Jun 15, 2008

    What a great relief - I am up and running once again and it was so easy! Thank you sooooooo much!!

  • nzkiwisam Aug 09, 2008

    Singer Model 5050. Needles have been bending like they're hitting the metal in the bobbin section & now the bobbin thread won't even catch. I'm guessing this is a timing issue but I'm not sure how to resove it or even adjust the needle height on this model.

  • monicag Oct 07, 2008

    I am having the exact same issues as BJGRANT who wrote:

    I have atiming issue on my machine where the needle comes down and hits
    the metal underneath the bobbin and breaks or bend the needle. Any

    I opened up the machine (and gave it a good cleaning) but now the bobbin thread is not catching and the nothing is moving (in the bobbin rotater thinger) Thanks! almost done with a project and of course it has to break NOW~! Please help.

  • Lura Jones
    Lura Jones Jan 15, 2009

    I have a singer 5817c with the same problem. Can I adjust it so the needle quits hitting the metal thing under the bobbin?

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    Needle fools bobbin
    holder and breaks needle



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Hi, actually I can help with your problem but maybe you can help me with mine. A friend gave me the same model...without the instructions. Would you be willing to give me a pdf scan or photocopy of the manual, please? Let me know at Thanks!

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