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> afraid to force it

So, it's time to take the machine to a qualified technician, for professional trouble-shooting.

Posted on May 22, 2011


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I would replace the needle anyway. It's hard to tell if one is bent or not.

Remove your feed dog/needle plate and the bobbin cover. Take out your bobbin and bobbin carrier.

Get out a magnifying glass and really examine. Look for thread ends in between moving parts.

Also check the thread pathways. Especially where the take up lever is hidden. I've heard of some ladies finding threads snarled up in that area which caused problems like this.

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Something is binding up inside. Clean and check under the presser foot and bobbin area. Really examine under there... look for threads wrapped around and in between moving parts. Also check in the slot for the take up lever... sometimes threads get balled up inside there can cause problems.

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I'm guessing you're meaning the " bottom" or "seated" bobbin. Generally speaking, anytime a bobbin won't come up, it's because of a thread, broken part, button or some such other surprise. Could be a small cut-off that's just now gotten caught up or the thread from the bobbin is caught up in itself and the bobbin has "locked up." The other reasons could there an additional locking mechanism, like you might have for the fabric foot. Do you see anything that could be a broken part or needle blocking the way. Just take a look around in there w a light that is stronger and/or more flexible, wiggle a thin screwdriver or something...could be the bobbin "jumped it's track." Try rethreading everything and see if you can get a forward stitch AND a backward stitch. Don't force anything if you feel any resistance, could be simply that you stopped and cut (again, little thread) at just the wrong part of the stitch locking process. And when all else fails, go in from under the machine, this might be a chore if you have a more sealed up bottom plate, but perhaps you can pop it (the bobbin) out from that angle. Just be careful not to force anything into moving and if you have one of the newer models wherein that area has moving parts that are plastic, be especially careful. When you flip it over, you just might find the phone number for direct tech support for that unit. Good Luck and Happy Sewing!

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Set the tension on the sewing machine for the weight of the material you want to sew. The tension setting shows in the stitch on the material. Use the chart on the machine that matches types of stitches with suggested material tensions. An example of this is, the stitch to sew jean material is different than the stitch to sew silk.

Take the bobbin and wind the thread around it. Make sure the bobbin is empty and don't fill it too full of thread. A bobbin filled too full won't stay tightly spun.

Thread the string evenly on the bobbin. Move the thread back and forth evenly and in layers that are level. Many Singer sewing machines have a bobbin winder on the top of the sewing machine, and the consistency of how it threads can save you frustration later.

Find the hole on the bobbin that is located near the inside spindle of the bobbin. Take the thread sitting on the sewing machines spool and insert the thread in the hole from inside the bobbin to the outside. Set the threaded bobbin on the spool designated for spinning on the top of the sewing machine for some Singers.

Turn the side drive wheel slowly until the threaded bobbin has a layer or two of thread on it. Push down on the drive peddle and fill the bobbin, but don't thread it to the very edge. If the bobbin is too full the thread will release erratically. Cut the thread from the spool.

Drop the bobbin into the bobbin case under the area where the needle sews the material. Close the case and turn by hand the side wheel drive until the bobbin threads into the sewing machine. You can tell when the bobbin is threaded by the tiny piece of thread that juts out of the bobbin case where the needle goes up and down.

Grab the thread with your fingers and pull it out approximately 4 inches. Your bobbin is now spun and threaded.

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Thread in the bobbin area can be difficult to get out. Even though you do not see any there is thread wrapped around under the hook area. Shine a flashlight in there and look carefully. Often times you will see a piece of thread. Use tweezers to get it out, pull slowly while turning the wheel by hand. If you notice the thread not coming out, turn the wheel in the opposite direction.

Removing parts in the bobbin area will allow you to get at any thread that is hung up in there. The smallest of pieces can create havoc in there as you may find out. Before removing parts make sure you have a manual in case you forget how to put them back. Remove one piece at time and check for thread right after. No need to remove more than you have to.

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I am having a problem with the thread knotting up on the bottom of my material. The needle starts to lock up and when I start checking the thread is all knotted up. I then take the bobbin out and it...

What you have going on is probably a bobbin problem. The knots are referred to as birds' nests and happen usually happen when your bobbin thread gets caught on something in the bobbin area. To be certain it's a bobbin problem, change your needle. Even if the needle looks fine, it could be just slightly bent and still look fine to the naked eye. If that doesn't solve the problem, take the fabric out of the sewing machine and turn the machine wheel by hand. Watch what happens thru the plastic window in the bobbin area, or if you don't have a plastic window leave the bobbin covering off. Is the thread catching somewhere and causing a bunch of thread to gather in the bobbin area? Be very careful when investigating in the bobbin casing/area-it's easy to chip things in there! Often times, a piece of something falls in there and can be pulled out with tweezers. Just as often, the bobbin casing is slightly tilted and needs to be straightened or has a chip in it and needs to be replaced. You can normally get a replacement on eBay, searching with your machine model number. Also, check out SewVacUSA. If you need help replacing the bobbin casing (it's easy, you just need to be careful), or if these solutions don't work, leave me a comment. I check back daily, so I'll get back to you within 24 hours normally. Leave me as much detail as possible and I'll do everything I can to help you!

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Do you have a bunch of material and thread stuck in the feed dog? Sounds like. This will sometimes happen. I'm afraid the only thing you can do is carefully work with a seam ripper or small scissors to get it all out. Be careful working. You will damage this part of your fabric, but you can take the seam allowance in a small bit. You will probably have to remove fabric & thread from underneath, through the bobbin area, too.

Once you have all of this cleared, the needle and wheel will turn. I suggest you try and take the needle out of the shaft and try pulling it out of the fabric before you start your work, too. That way, you won't risk breaking it and have a piece fly off at you.

It's frustrating and will probably make you curse at the machine-it's happened to everyone who sews at one time or another, and will happen again, I'm afraid.

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What you're getting is called a bird's nest, and it's a frustrating pain. There can be a number of problems. First, try changing your needle. It may look fine, but it could be ever so slightly bent and causing a problem. If this doesn't work, take the fabric out of your machine. You'll need to manually turn the machine's wheel and watch through the window at your bobbin. Is the thread hanging up on something in the bobbin area when you're turning the wheel and creating a mess of thread in the bobbin area? Look at where it's catching in your bobbin. You may have a cracked bobbin case-this you can get a replacement for online. Look on eBay for your machine model. They're fairly easy to replace and I can help you with that. If the thread is catching on something else in the bobbin case, be VERY CAREFUL poking around! Don't be forceful with anything!
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