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One thing most people forget to mention is that the hand wheel may become loose and therefore thats what the take up leaver is stuck

Singer 3116... | Answered on Apr 12, 2020

If it's an older mechanical machine (not computerized), it has probably seized due to old oil that has dried inside the machine. AVOID trying to run the motor until the mechanics free up and run smoothly. Running it could damage the motor.

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

Singer 3116... | Answered on Oct 02, 2018

Knowing which kind of machine you have helps alot. Just guessing but maybe the reverse mechanism is stuck and needs some oil in it to free it up. Or the buttonhole mechanism is stuck in reverse part of it.
Probably you should have it looked at.

Singer 3116... | Answered on Sep 27, 2017

The guy is right, dust kills the moving parts. try oiling the shaft that holds the needle up about 1/2 way and then run on straight stitch with no thread to work in oil, do this several times till you feel that it runs smoothly and you have a little movement side to side as this is necessary for your zig-zag. if that does not work it may be a cam or belt in the top part that needs replacing and you will need the repair to tell you that. I asked them to give me a quote before any work was done so I knew what I was up against. I love my machine so it was worth the 200.00 to get the parts replaced. It will sew anything cause it is a older model with metal rather than plastic parts. hope this helps good luck

Singer 3116... | Answered on Jun 17, 2017

Try installing a brand new needle. Generally, the factory tension setting is the midway point on the dial (however, that will need to be tweaked due to age and wear on the machine).

Singer 3116... | Answered on Jun 14, 2017

if the motor is running and neither the needle or the hook are moving, then your motor belt has come off(the motor will sound like it is racing). If the needle is moving, but the hook is not, you may have a broken gear, or timing belt.

Singer 3116... | Answered on Jun 09, 2017

The sewing machine was first made in December 2005 I would believe as in the manual always has the date the manual was made at the bottom to go along with the machine.

Singer 3116... | Answered on Apr 02, 2017

If the machine work fine on any thickness of fabric
then don't have to.

Good luck


Singer 3116... | Answered on Feb 07, 2017

What happens if you PUT it in reverse -- does it sew forward?

Singer 3116... | Answered on Dec 28, 2016

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Singer 3116... | Answered on Dec 06, 2016

when a sewing machine is sewing in place that mean the feed dogs are not up,, if the are up & it's still sewing in place then there is something wrong with the feed dogs & they need to be checked.

Singer 3116... | Answered on Nov 05, 2016

if the machine is turning it will sew
what may be your problem is that the sewing direction is in the reverse stitch position
if that is not the case , take it in to a sewing machine repair shop for a proper diagnosis

Singer 3116... | Answered on Oct 31, 2016

change the needle to see if that will take care of the problem
if it doens't then the machine needs to be checked at a sewing machine shop about the timing

Singer 3116... | Answered on Oct 30, 2016

Drop-in bobbin: Note: thread must change direction when entering bobbin shuttle notch. Usually bobbin will turn counter-clockwise when threaded properly.

1. hold bobbin so that the tail of thread is facing to left.
2. drop bobbin into bobbin shuttle.
3. pull thread toward you.
4. guide thread into notch and pull to left so that slot engages thread.
5. pull thread diagonally across shuttle toward back of machine.
6. draw bobbin thread up through needle plate with threaded needle.

Singer 3116... | Answered on Oct 30, 2016

raise the dogs, the grippy things beneath the cloth. You lower them for embroidery.

Singer 3116... | Answered on Jul 05, 2016

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