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My brother ls-1217 breaks needles, almost like it is out of alignment

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I have found on my LS 1217 Brother the only kinds of needles that work are Schmetz. If I use Singer or Wal-mart type nobrand needles they are toooooo long and break by hitting the bobbin shuttle.

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Are you inserting them flat side facing away from you and making sure that they are inserted all of the way up? Make sure that your needles are not too long, ie. Singer. Check your tension and that you have the right needle for the job, as in denim use a heavy needle like a 14 or 16. Other than that it could be the timing which unfortunately needs a professional to fix.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011

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Need to know what the knobs are for


Are you sure that it's a Singer LS-1217? I can't find any model with 1217 on the Singer site.

The Brother LS-1217 manual is available here: http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/eu/eu_ot/en/doc/manual_top.html?reg=eu&c=eu_ot&lang=en&prod=hf_ls1217euk . The direct link to the English version of the manual is http://download.brother.com/welcome/doch000000/ls12171217b13171417ug01enesfrpt.pdf . There are only a few knobs on most machines. On the front near the needle is the Needle Thread Tension knob. If you use contrasting colors (different top, bobbin and fabric colors), you might see a straight stitch where the top thread is visible on the bottom of the fabric for example. Adjust the tension to get both the top and bobbin threads meeting in the middle of the fabric layers. (Increase the needle thread tension - rotate to a higher number but go in 0.5 increments.)

Then you have near the motor area the stitch width and length knobs. The width is only for zigzag stitches. A long stitch length is good for a temporary seam (like basting in a zipper or hem) before you finish that area. However, the width and length should be adjusted depending on the fabric. A fine fabric needs a smaller stitch, usually. The knob on the right side of the machine is the balance wheel (or hand wheel). This adjusts the needle height so that you can have the needle out of the way while changing the bobbin, for example.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(I use the Singer Sewing Book as a reference for tension issues.)

Feb 20, 2013 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a brothers LS 1217 about 10 years old. My needle is bringing up double thread and the thread breaks...


The only time I've seen this type of thing is when there was a burr on the bobbin... the bobbin wasn't wound correctly... or the bobbin wasn't put in right.

Dec 13, 2012 | Brother Sewing Machines

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I've cleaned, oiled, bought new needles new thread new bobbins held the thread away 3-5 inches tried all tensions rethreaded ect.. and my thread always breaks when i start sewing...


clean under the needle plate where the feed dogs are for lint
also clean in the bobbin area for lint or loose threads
also check for burrs on the needle plate or on the bobbin & case
it could also be out of time

Nov 22, 2010 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Top thread keeps breaking


the solution of your problem is u should fix your needle to right position, so that the thread did'nt break .

Jan 04, 2010 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Skipped stitches


Change the needle first and make sure it is inserted correctly. Use good thread i.e.: Guterman or Metler are some. If you are using a stretch material then put a stretch needle in the machine. If you do all this and it still skips then you may have a mechanical problem with the machine. The machine is "out of timing". Have a good tech. look at it. This happens quite frequently on "inexpensive" machines. Sorry.

Jul 17, 2009 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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WHAT NEEDLES FOR SEWING LEATHER ON A LS 1217


The WEDGE POINT NEEDLE, which is designed for leather and vinyl, easily pierces these fabrics to make a hole that will close back upon itself. This eliminates unattractive holes in the garment, and also reduces the risk of the stitches tearing the fabric. The wedge point needle comes in sizes 11 to 18. The size 11 needle is designed for soft pliable leathers,while size 18 is designed for heavy or multiple layers of leather or vinyl.

Feb 08, 2009 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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