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Was just given this Brother ls 1217 and need a manual to download can't get the thing to the bobbin to open or the upper part where you thread the thread Thank You Sandra Giddens

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Go to www.brother-usa.com and you download a free manual under customer support, the click home sewing machines, they also have a good troubleshooting guide available there too.

Posted on Apr 10, 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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Manual for ls-1217 brothers sewing machine


I suggest you check with these 2 websites & email them
about a manual
sewvacdoctor.com
a1sewingmachines.com
I checked 2 other websites & couldn't find
any brother manual for a Is-1217

Aug 03, 2012 | Brother Sewing Machines

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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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Bobbin holders keeps slipping and thread tension issues


Make sure the needle is at it's highest position.

Lift the latch on the back of the bobbin case.

Hold it open and then insert it into the shuttle - finger (not yours, the upright "finger"on the case) pointing up.

You may have to move the bobbin case lightly to the left or right before it clicks into place.

When you thread the machine always make sure the presser foot lever is up and this will ensure proper tension of the top thread.

If you need a manual, you can view or download free at this site - http://www.brother-usa.com/manuals/default.aspx?PGID=3&R3ModelID=LS1217

Mar 25, 2010 | 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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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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Cant thread bobbin


this is the support site for your Brother LS-1217 machine
I found it very helpful, Manuals to download, FAQ and recent troubleshooting questions answered. (It also has bobbin loading instructions)

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

GOOD LUCK! AND HAPPY SEWING
(a sewing machine is a terriable thing to waste)

Dec 02, 2008 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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