Singer 5050 Mechanical Sewing Machine - Answered Questions & Fixed issues

Now that is a tough one to answer, open the side by the needle and pull out your bobbin and then take off the next piece, should have two swivel pieces on it ,turn them to loosen the piece, watch how it and the piece it is holding fit together as it is no fun trying to figure it out later. Then you should see some screws that hold the feed dogs on to the machine. You might try putting a washer in between the feed dogs piece and the machine to lower it. Do one screw at a time but have them both loose and see if that helps you at all.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 25, 2018 | 369 views

I have this same issue with that same machine. Did you ever figure out what was wrong with it??

Singer 5050... | Answered on Jan 29, 2020 | 1,051 views

The pickup wheel under the bobbin stem may be worn and needing to be replaced (assuming it has not been knocked and bent off line) .
Try using a pen to push the bobbin stem further over when you are trying to wind it. If it starts to spin, then this is probably the answer.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Jul 14, 2016 | 52 views

is this a top or front or side loading bobbin case?

Singer 5050... | Answered on May 19, 2016 | 1,610 views

Try directing heat from a handheld hair dryer into the internal mechanics where you applied oil. If the old oil has solidified, it is probably preventing the parts from moving freely. Be sure to always use Fresh, good quality sewing machine oil (NO 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or old stinky oil from grandma's sewing basket). Also apply only 1-2 drops each spot. Frequent oiling should be around every 40 hours of sewing time, or at least every 3 months.

Here's a manual if you need one (oiling instructions on pg 74):
5050 Singer Sewing


Singer 5050... | Answered on Apr 23, 2016 | 337 views

The tension has got to be even between the top and bottom. Good thread is always important. I've included a pamphlet to help you set the tension. If it is still a problem you may need to get it timed.


Singer 5050... | Answered on May 20, 2015 | 102 views

Check your tension disk, You may have some threads stuck in there.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Dec 31, 2014 | 39 views

It's on page 56 and 57 of your user's manual, with drawings. You can download it free at the Singer Sewing machine website.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Dec 20, 2014 | 294 views

That usually means the clutch or belt is worn out, and it's not worth fixing. You can buy an inexpensive bobbin winder for under $25.00 at WalMart online, and if you pick it up at a WalMart or FedEx facility like Kinkos, shipping is free. Does a better job anyway!

Singer 5050... | Answered on Dec 12, 2014 | 115 views

I would recommend that you consult the user's manual. They are generally well-written if you take it step by step. You can get it as a free download from Singer at

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 31, 2014 | 116 views

If the thread is bunching or tangling when winding a bobbin, check that you have properly threaded the winder. Especially make sure you are running the thread through the bobbin tension assembly.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Aug 23, 2014 | 328 views

If it's a drop in bobbin machine, it's best to use the class 66 bobbns. The sides are rounded so that when the hook grabs the thread and pulls it around it can slide over the bobbin more easily

Singer 5050... | Answered on Aug 14, 2014 | 391 views

machine model please?

Singer 5050... | Answered on Jul 11, 2014 | 34 views

Have you changed the needle and cleaned and oiled the machine per the instructions in the manual? Is the needle in correctly and fully up in the needle clamp?

Singer 5050... | Answered on Aug 16, 2014 | 96 views

Oiling after something overheated isn't the solution. It may be needed due to the age of the machine, but not until you locate what exactly is making the smell, which may be the plastic near the bulb. I would take the cover off and sniff around to locate where the smell is coming from before oiling.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Apr 20, 2014 | 115 views

Google your machine and find the knob for reverse. either pull it out or push it in. Should be on right side of machine. Found it and it is button on right and you just turn it to forward or reverse.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Apr 06, 2014 | 68 views

Have you checked the top thread is correctly placed in the spring of the bobbin case?

Singer 5050... | Answered on Mar 09, 2014 | 1,194 views

sounds as if top tension is at fault, clean tensioner and reset

Singer 5050... | Answered on Feb 19, 2014 | 29 views

Have it repaired professionally.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Feb 03, 2014 | 24 views

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