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Thread tangled - old singer sewing machine(1947, AG)

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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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