I have loaded the bobbin according to the manual instructions, but every time I start to sew it gets wound up around the metal arm! I also couldnt manage to get the needle to pull the thread up from below successfully as it continues to get wound around the metal! HElp!
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I LOVED these Touch and Sew machines! The bobbin is wound in place in the bobbin case; you just flip a lever on the left, and it will start to fill. However, you should download your instruction manual free from the Singer Sewing Machine site; it's pictured and discussed on page 7.
A heads up, though; those bobbins were available with a metal piece in the center and without; from the drawing it appears that yours takes the one without anything but a hole in the center. I owned BOTH types of machines at the same time once, and I had to be careful as to which bobbin I used in which machine.
Check the bobbin to see if the thread on it is wound tightly. If it's not, then rewind the bobbin. Plastic bobbins tend to get nicks in the edge of them which can catch the thread. Try switching to a metal bobbin.
Download a manual at www.singerco.com and it will say, 15J but, personally I like to use a metal SA 156 and I have no jamming like I do with plastic bobbins. You can buy them really cheap on ebay, 20 for $8.99 and free shipping, Very quick delivery. I have had no jamming after I started using the metal ones. Good luck
here is some troubleshooting Download your manual. manual http://safemanuals.com/user-guide-instructions-owner-manual/SINGER/3116-_M
Ok I know that youve checked this, but I have to ask. Pg 39 Check and make sure the reverse lever isnt engaged.
I'm looking at pg 27 and see you have a traditional bobbin casing (not a drop in) make sure your bobbin is wound well and the case is inserted correctly. (they are picky) Change your needle make sure its in right and tight. (I have bent many a needle just slightly, and it causes huge issues with this particular type of bobbin casing) Pg 35 gives a test for the bobbin tension. If your thread rolls, the tension is too loose, OR the case may have gotten damaged.
It sounds to me that you might have the wrong type of bobbin in the case. The top of the bobbin should not be higher than the case. Thread will slip through the space and cause problems. Also unevenly wound bobbins will also cause this symptom.
Or your losing tension which you will have to adjust tighter.