Fabric won't advance, bobbin case not turning, feed dogs not moving properly
I broke a needle while sewing through several layers of fabric, and now my machine won't work.
I know there's no more needle pieces stuck anywhere. I took it apart as much as I could and thoroughly cleaned it.
It seems as if the bobbin case isn't turning like it should when I spin the hand wheel (gets stuck, I have to manually move it to make it turn again) and the feed dogs aren't moving as much as they should, either.
Do I need to take it somewhere, or should I just junk it and buy a new machine? (It would cost me $70 to have it looked at, I paid $40 for the used machine)
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Re: Fabric won't advance, bobbin case not turning, feed...
So frustrating when the machine isn't cooperating! It does sound like it's been thrown out of timing (likely the needle jam).
Whether you should replace or repair really depends on the particular machine brand/model. There are many models of machines on the market that we, personally, would be willing to put money into fixing/maintaining, as they are likely to be better quality repaired than what can be purchased new for the same investment.
If the machine began it's life as a mid to top-line model, then repairing is probably not a far-fetched idea and may give you a much better machine than purchasing a budget model new or another used machine. However, if it is a low-line department-store model, parts may not even be available to repair it back to a really good level.
If you would like to reply to this post with the brand/model we'd be happy to throw our 2 cents into helping you determine if it's worth further investment.
Happy sewing - good luck with your repair, Kim & Linnette
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run you finger over the feed dogs under the foot - can us feel them above the surround? if not, you have placed your machine into free style sewing, and the feed dog does not advance the fabric in this mode. Look in your manual and see where the feed dog gets lowered/raised - raising it again should solve your problem.
when the fabric doesn't move then the feed dogs need to be checked here is a link for a free manual, if you don't have one http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/1132_white-2200-x-.pdf check in the manual to see if it show where the feed dog lever is, if the feeddog is in the up position or down, it must be up for regular sewing, if it doesn't show the feed dog then the machine would have to be taken in to a sewing machine shop to have the feed dog checked try changing the needle make sure the bobbin is inserted correctly into the bobbin case and make sure the bobbin is turned the right way in the bobbin case
Turn off the power. Remove the accessory compartment located in front of the machine, if applicable.
Open the hook cover that shields the bobbin area. Please note that you do not need to remove the bobbin case.
Locate the drop feed lever near the bobbin case. Some machines have the lever towards the back of the free arm. Press down on the lever and then move it to the next notch or position. The raised metal feed dogs should be visible through the openings on the needle plate. You may need to rotate the big balance wheel one rotation to engage the mechanism on some machine models. The metal teeth will then spring up.
Close the hook cover. Insert the accessory compartment, if applicable.
Turn on the power. Try test stitching a piece of fabric. The raised feed dogs should help guide the fabric under the presser foot.
This can be caused by several different things. Check the threading. Un-thread the machine and follow the guidance on the manual and re-thread the machine. The bobbin, if the bobbin thread that coming out of the bobbin case in a wrong direction, could cause this. Re-set the direction. When you pull thread from the bobbin case, bobbin should roll counter clockwise. The needle, if it is not the right size needle for the fabric or the needle is slightly bent, maybe replace the needle and try with different size of needle. Once its balling up, sometimes it's left some thread in the machine under the needle plate around the feed dog, clean them up. Thread tension, different fabric may need to be adjust the thread tension, try to check this one under the manuals/instruction. When ready, check and use a scrap of fabric/remnants!
fabric moves forward when machine run due to movement of feed dogs,feed dog has a teeth, when your foot presser goes down attached to fabrics the pressure hold the fabric between pressure foot and feed dogs that why when machine run feed dogs pushed fabric when recieved stitch.try to check adjustment of feed dogs it maybe set at rest or neutral.reset it to upward towards needle.check also bobbins thread if accumulation was build up under feed dogs.regard and have a nice day.
If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
If it sewed properly...what changed?
Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing direction...do not pull the thread backwards!)
Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).
Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
Replace the needle...do it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
Oh...and use the correct needle for the thread. (a universal 80/12 is standard).
Thread can cause issues too. Try a different bobbin, or maybe a different spool of thread to see if that makes a difference.
When this happens it is because the thread tension was not right so it gets stuck under the bobbin case and the feed dogs. Use a bigger lint brush and take out the bobbin casing and clean out the shuttle. When you rethread pull slightly on the thread before you feed it through the needle. This will make sure the thread is properly in the tension discs.