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Needle & Bobbin out of sync

I was trying to sew through very thick fabric. The machine "jammed" and "beeped" at me. Now, the needle hits the bottom of the bobbin case before the needle bar is at the lowest point of its downward stroke. There is a white plastic disc in the bottom of the bobbin case, and the needle is striking it. If the bobbin case continues its revolution, the needle is pulled to the side or bent, and leaves a scratch on the plastic piece. This is the first time I've used my new machine. I hope you can help me.

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  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    So how do you reset the timing? Mine is a Singer 7462 with the same problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    needle hitting bobbin casing

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    needle hitting bobbin casing

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    Passport machine needle jams, bobbin case spins out of place must remove it to reseat it correctly.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    needle keeps hitting bobbin case and will not sew. this is a new machine

  • Eureatha Fugghett Apr 05, 2014

    how do you reset the timing? my machine is a model 4228 inspiration



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This description sounds like the machine is out of time. The needle should match up with a cut out section in the bottom of the bobbin area. If it is hitting, the timing has slipped, probably from sewing on a fabric that was too heavy for the machine.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007

  • la_sac May 12, 2011

    So, how does one fix this?

  • radcal May 12, 2011

    My best advice, take it to Singer repair center.
    I normally find a loose screw somewhere in the machine when this has happened. Remove the bobbin case, put fingers in hook and hold it firmly so it can't turn and rotate the handwheel. If the handwheel can turn while the hook is stationary, you will need to remove the covers and find what has come loose to allow the movement. It's a little complicated to explain. Save the grief and either return the machine for another or have someone set it for you.



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but also some sewing machine are not made to sew thick or heavy
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Does not matter what machine you have from a 50's straight stitch to a newer model right out of the box. If your needle is hitting you are out of time. It needs to be reset and on that I can not help you as it is mechancal on the underside. What the needle is hitting is the bobbin arm.
When the bobbin arm swings around it picks up the top thread and loops it over the bobbon thread then releases the threads together for the loops and swings again for the next thread. When you hear the needle hit it is hitting this swing arm. That needs to be adjusted and that is called timing.
Open the bobbin case and turn the needle down by hand. You will see the needle as it goes through the throught plate down the catch the bobbon thread. You will see it hit the arm.
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* When you insert your new needle, make sure it’s positioned correctly (usually with the flat side away from the bobbin, but consult your manual), that it goes all the way into the holder, and that the screw is securely tightened.

If there doesn’t seem to be a problem with your needle, try the following:

* Check your pressure foot and make sure it’s attached securely.

* Change your pressure foot Your pressure foot may be bent, causing your needle to hit it.

* Don’t sew over pins a needle that hits a pin can break. Always remove the pins from your fabric before they reach your needle.

* Don’t pull your fabric as you sew. You could be bending your needle back, causing it to hit your needle plate instead of going into the hole. Just guide your fabric, letting it feed on its own.

* Check your needle plate and make sure it's securely in position.

* Change your needle plate. If you’ve been using a straight stitch needle plate (a plate with a small hole, often used for sewing fine, delicate fabrics), switch to a needle plate with a wider hole.

* Check the position of your needle. Sewing machines with zigzag capability allow you to adjust the position of your needle – right, left, or center. If your needle is not positioned correctly, it may be hitting your needle plate or pressure foot.

* Un-thread your machine and remove your bobbin. Clean any loose thread or lint out of your
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* Change your bobbin. There could be a nick along the edge of your bobbin spool that’s catching your thread as you sew.

Also, before you start to sew a seam, hold the upper and bobbin thread tails. Hold them back
and out of the way as you sew your first couple of stitches. This will keep them from getting
caught in your machine.

I hope these solutions help you.


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