Question about Singer Sewing Machines
I acquired the old singer sewing machine(1947?, AG), but I don't have a manual. It worked fine for a short while. Then, one day, the upper thread got caught (in the case which the bobbin case is in) as soon as I started to sew. I'm not sure where I touched - trying to change the tension, etc. So, I cleaned, re-threaded, put oil on it, etc. I tried to do whatever I could think of to fix the machine though, It haven't been fixed yet. I would appreciate if anyone could give me any advice. Thank you.
IT PROBABLY IS THREADED INCORRECTLY. GO SLOWLY BY THE DIAPHRAGM AND MAKE SURE IT IS THREADED CORRECTLY. ALSO MAKE SURE SPOOL PIN HOLDERS ARE IN PLACE THAT HELPS TO GUIDE THE THREAD CORRECTLY.
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
SOURCE: singer solid state-bobbin part
Check your tension disks, with your presser foot up, and the tension dial on zero. Sometimes a piece of cotton breaks off between the tension disks and then prevents the disks to work properly. Also make sure when you thread the machine, the thread does go through the disks and over the take up lever. After you threaded the machine, before putting the thread through the eye of the needle, lower the presser foot and while pulling on the thread with your left hand, increase the tension with your right hand. Do it slowly and you should feel in difference in tension. If this is the case, your machine should work fine. Also use a ball-point needle on t shirt material. Good luck!
Posted on Nov 03, 2008
SOURCE: Birdsnest and machine jams
I have a singer 457 (from 1964!!) that I inherited from my grandmother. It worked successfully many months, but then I developed a similar problem (birds nests, tangles in the bobbin assembly).
AFter messing with the tension, different spools of thread, and what not, I found that it was the BOBBIN that was the problem. Althought this bobbin is the same size and shape as others, there is something about it that knots up the inside of the machine EVERY time (as in within 15 stitches or less).
I tossed the thing and have been trouble free ever since.
I am now convinced that bobbins (particularily plastic ones) wear out.
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
With your slide plate open, you will see 2 screws on the bobbin case. You need to adjust the one on the inside (not the one that sits at the edge of the metal strip). Do so very slightly. If you can't seem to get it adjusted, take a look and make sure there isn't any thread or lint in between the two pieces of metal that the thread feeds through. This can cause a loose tension.
Posted on Mar 01, 2009
hello, I had the exact same problem and could not find the solution until i took my machine to my sewing sensei and i solved my tedious problem. It was actually not a tension problem at all but a threading problem. Make sure you have threaded your bobbin correctly and that when you pull on the bobbin thread that the bobbin turns the right way. (mine must spin anti clockwise to work) Make sure that when you pull up the bobbin thread using the needle that it is not over the feed dogs connective bar but under it. A big problem when the thread gets caught around the bobbin case wheel is that the thread is looped around the feed dogs once and that causes the thread to get caught around the bobbin wheel. In conclusion, thread the bobbin correctly and read over your instruction book before spending the money to get it fixe in s shop.
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
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