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Singer Stylist 457 has feed dog (general purpose throat plate) that is sunk below throat plate level. Fabric will not move through. Can I fix it?

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  • szimbrick Apr 09, 2011

    Handy Andy's suggestion did not work. I spent three hours loosening the feed dog screws and inserting a piece of plastic to raise them up, but then the needle hit the bobbin casing. I removed thte piece of plastic, but the needle still hits the bobbin casing, making everything worse. Singer Stylist 457

  • szimbrick Apr 09, 2011

    My sister gave me the machine, so I am not familiar with it. I changed the needle. No change in the rubbing action. It does not matter if the bobbin is the correct size (it is) because I am moving the needle up and down without the bobbin in.

    This seems to be a fine machine. All the interior parts are metal (except the drive belt, of course).

    You might think that I am using the "Feed Cover Throat Plate", a second throat plate used for button sewing etc. If one uses this particular throat plate it does not allow fabric feeding. I am using the general purpose throat plate as I can see it clearly illustrated in the instruction manual. The feed dog is level with the throat plate. This means fabric will not feed through.

    The suggestion to raise the feed dog was a good one, but it has somehow interferred with the easy passage of the needle up and down. There is the possibility that I somehow bent something in the bobbin casing, but that's hard to believe because all the parts seems to be of fine steel,and I did not use any force. I even placed a spool of thread under the feed dog when I was pressing on it trying to loosen the two screws holding the feed dog in place. I did this to prevent bending.

    I have a call in to my sister for more information. Please let me know if any thing obvious occurs to you.

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1. make sure you have the correct needle plate in place for the "foot" you are using. There is a "general purpose' plate and then other that may not work with the "foot" you utilize.
2. make sure the bobbin is place in the bobbin socket properly.
3. Make sure the needle is inserted properly.
4. Check if you have to oil the cam assembly
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Remove lint of fluff from exposed parts.
With a soft cloth,clean
1. Tension discs, take-up lever, and Thread guides.
2. Pressure bar and needle bar
3. Bobbin case. (If there is an excessive amount of lint in the area, remove the bobbin case for cleaning.
4. Remove face plate as instructed on page 62 of the manual and clean area behind it with a lint brush.
5.Remove needle plate as instructed on page 8 of the manual, and using brush, clean the rotating hook area under the needplate and side plate
6. Your machine require no oiling under normal conditions.
7. check your "Tension dial" to see if you have the proper tension.
8.

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Hi szimbrick,

Besides replacing the needle plate, you could find a way to shim the plate up a little. You could do this with masking or duct tape. Or, if you have a handy husband or friend and the plate is quite a bit low, perhaps he or she could make a thin wood insert to fit under it.

If you would like to replace the plate, here is a website where you can order one: http://leasewingcenter.com/needleplates01.htm

Before you order one, should you want to, check out the part number against the one you have if it has one on the underneath somewhere. The part number is 352461-892

If I was short on cash, I would shim mine until I could find another...

I hope this helps. If it does, I'd appreciate your vote. Thanks,

Handie Andie

Posted on Apr 09, 2011

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    Handie Andie Apr 09, 2011

    Hi,
    Shimming the plate up a little shouldn't affect whether the needle hits the bobbin case unless the case is attached to the underside of the plate.

    If the needle is hitting the case, there should be an adjustment for needle height.
    Did you try a different needle in case the needle was bent when you were attempting to feed the material through?

    Is this a new machine to you? Was this a new needle plate? Is it the correct bobbin case for this machine?

    Please reply back.
    Thanks,

    Handie Andie

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    Handie Andie Apr 09, 2011

    Hi again,

    Well, I found an instruction on www.ehow.com which I am going to paste right here:

    Another adjustment that affects how much pressure is between the feed
    and the presser foot is the pressure regulator, located on the top-left
    side of the sewing machine. Like the upward pressure of the feed dogs,
    it provides downward pressure on the presser foot. The pressure
    regulator, also like the feed dogs, determines how the fabric is pulled
    through the sewing machine. It is controlled by an internal spring but
    can be easily adjusted by a twist of a knob. Turning the knob clockwise
    increases pressure; turning the knob counter-clockwise decreases the
    pressure. A balance of pressure between the feed and the pressure
    regulator is necessary to assure a sewing machine produces strong, even
    stitching.


    Read more: How to Adjust the Feed Foot on a Singer 5028 Sewing Machine ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_7906462_adjust-s...

    The man who wrote it suggested that all Singers adjust the same way even though that is not your model number.

    If you go to the webaddress above, you'll find lots of information on anything and everything.

    As for the needle hitting the bobbin case, I'm sure it is probably the right style since it was your sister's machine. So, if adjusting the feed dog or foot doesn't solve that problem, I think you might find that information if you search eHow's website. Good luck!

    I hope this will solve your problem and you many hours and days of happy sewing ahead.

    Thanks,

    Handie Andie

    If this advice works, I'd appreciate your vote. Thanks.

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