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I have a Brother model #LS-1217 and need to know how to wind the bobbin. Do I put the thread into both the top and bottom hole of bobbin to wind? I can wind the bobbin but the thread is loose and bunches up.

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Just wind the thread around the bobbin, don't put it through any holes, wind it around the center pole,

Posted on Aug 10, 2008

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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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When i sew the bobbin thread bunches up. what to do?


remove the thread and bobbin.
take out your manual and follow the exact instructions for threading and inserting bobbin.

If this does not help check the tension on the top(the number should be about mid way).
If it is too low it will bunch up on the bottom.

Nov 12, 2011 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Brother sewing machine ls-30 will not draw up the bobbin thread what should i do


Check the needle to see if it's damaged
Make sure the bobbin has a 3-5 inch thread tail
Then make sure the top thread has a 3-5 inch tail
Then hold the top thread tail with your fingers (away from the needle)
& use the hand wheel on the right hand side of the machine to slowly
Lower the needle in the bobbin area & see if the bobbin thread will pick
Up that way

Sep 25, 2010 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a Brother LS-1217. The tension will not adjust. I have re-threaded this several times, checked the bobbin and needle. Is this something I could fix and/or is it worth having repaired?


You should be able to fix this. IF it is the top thread on your fabric that is screwy you need to adjust the bobbin tension.
If it is the bottom thread you have a problem with your upper tension. Blow out the upper tension assembly using canned air, the tension discs may be dirty

Aug 23, 2010 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My bobbin thread is the "main color" on both the top and bottom. Waaaah....


Tighten the bobbin thread. Tighten the small screw on the side of the bobbin carrier until you can hold the thread and the bobbin & carrier just barely slide doen on their own. If the bobbin & carrier just hang there, it's too tight. If they slide easily, too loose. It should slide slowly.

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

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Can't draw up the bobbin thread on my Brother LS-1217 sewing machine... it just won't catch


Make sure you have enough of a "tail" from teh bobbin... Probably 4 inches or so before starting. If that doesn't work, check upper tension and needle is properly seated.

The needle drags the thread down and then starts back up causing a loop at the eye which a shuttle goes through and acrries the upper thread over the bobbin. The upper thread then drags the bobbing thread up.

Sep 13, 2009 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Top thread won't pull up the bottom thread


make sure needle is in with flat facing back and pushed all the way up in needle holder. thread needle from front to back, and ensure a bobbin with thread is correctly inserted in machine with approx 2-3 inches of thread hanging off it.

wind machine over (top of handwheel toward you) gently holding the needle thread (do not hold taught or hook may not catch loop underneath needle plate) and the bottom thread should come wrapped around the needle thread after you have turned 1 revolution and stopped with takeup lever at top.

if you have done all of this and the bobbin thread will not come up, try sewing on scrap fabric and see if the stitches are correctly formed. if so all is good, if not, it sounds like your hook timing is out and will require a tech to repar.

goodluck,

scott.

Jul 29, 2009 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Cant put bobbin back in or thread it through the top


needle won't pick up bottom thread. I have a brother LS 1217

Jun 21, 2009 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I lost my manual for my sewing machine?


here is the brother site and downloadable manual is available for the LS-1217

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/us_ot/en/model_top/HomeSewingMachine/hf_ls1217eus.html?reg=us&c=us_ot&lang=en&prod=hf_ls1217eus

I hope this helped!

Dec 22, 2008 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My needle won't pick up the bobbin thread


My sewing machine is a Brother LS1217, well actually it is my son's, and he uses it very seldom. I went over to put in a new needle and I cleaned it top and bottom, put in a new bobbin, and a new needle and the needle won't pick up the bottom thread. What am I doing wrong? Please help me!! It has to be something simple, as this is such a simple machine! roseandjimmy@yahoo.com

Jan 11, 2008 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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