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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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It's a Singer 5830C -- schooling machine. It's crappy. I'm guessing that a new machine is my best option. For the time being, I'm using my mother-in-law's old metal Nelco.

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

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Hi KittenKC,

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

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

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