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Singer Simple 3116

I just purchased this sewing machine last night and now it is jammed. There is no thread in it at all - not any around the bobbin area that I can see. I have tried to oil it and that has not helped. The handwheel will only turn partially forward, and it will turn backwards. When I called Singer they recommended that I take it back to the store and exchange it. When I called another repair shop they informed me that the Singer Simples have a lot of problems. Can you help me fix this or should I just eat the gas costs and return it (I live out in the country so it's 30 minutes to get anywhere).

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  • Jfrogs Jun 09, 2008

    There is no thread in the bobbin holder. There are no screws holding the bobbin holder in place. Thanks for the try though... any other advice?

  • Jfrogs Jun 10, 2008

    There was no thread in the machine. So the problem did not pertain to thread. I decided to just return the machine. At the store, the display model was broken in the same manner - I believe this is a common problem with Singers. I purchased a Brother instead and have been sewing away with no problems.



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Your problem is a simple one.Jamming is due to thread getting trapped on the bobbin holder.All you need to do is to unscrew two screws holding the the bobbin holder clean the same and reasseble it.your problem will be solved.N.Govindarajan

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Jamming is due to loose needle thread.
Make sure that your threading is correct.
What I mean is:

1.Lift the presser food up.

2.From the thread spool, pull the needle thread inside the tension discs.

3. Pass the thread under the thread takeup spring.

4. go up and pass the thread through the eyelet of the thread takeup lever,

5.Go down and pass the thread in the thread guide above the needle,

6. Pass the thread through the needle eye.

7. Pull out 6-7cm of thread out of the needle eye.

8. Your bobbin case must be in position.

9. Turn the handwheel a whole turn,towards you by hand, holding the end of the needle thread with your hand.

10. the needle will go all the way down and then rises up out of the needle hole plate, and the bobbin thread will come up.
Push both treads backwards

11.Put two plies of material under the presser foot.

12.Release the presser foot. (the needle thread discs now are close).

Make a sewing test, and adjust your threads so they meet inside the two plies of the material.
Use two diferent color threads for testing.
If you see the lower thread, on top of the meterial,
either your lower (bobbin)thread is loose, OR your needle thread is too titght.
If you see your needle thread under the material,
either your needle thread is loose OR your bobbin thread is tight.

In both cases you must adjust the thread tensions accordingly.

13.This VERY IMPORTANT. Not only the needle must be up before start sewing. THE THREAD TAKEUP LEVER MUST BE ALSO AT THE UPPER POSITION.

14.Before removing the material from the machine.
a) Turn the machine by hand Until the needle is outside the material,
b) The thread takeup lever is at its upper position,
c) Lift the presser foot,
d) Remove the material backwards (away from you),
e).Cut the threads 6-7cm long.

Now your machine is ready for the next cycle.

These are basic instructions for all single needle sewing machines, all brands and all models

Posted on Jun 10, 2008


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