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    Sewing Machine HELP!

    Hello all!

    I'm not a sewing vet, but I've hacked together a few things in the past. Today I've run into a problem. When I attempt to use my sewing machine I get about 4 stitches in when the machine stops working. Each time the thread has become tangled on the bottom side of the fabric. After about an hour I've determined the problem to be the plastic housing the bobbin sits on/in. When the thread is caught by the circular metal thing that spins (sorry not sure what its called). For some reason its going under the coaster rather than over it.

    Any suggestions?

    This problem has happened to me in the past; usually I take the machine apart, clean it up a bit and it's back in action, but this time nothing seems to help. I can take a picture if it will help, right now I'm not at home.

    Thanks in advance everyone!

    Peace
    -Nate

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    Pictures always help. Get a good picture of the problem area and I bet Ramblinrev will be on it in moments with some possible solutions.
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    Check that your needle is not bent, or replace it with a new one. Check your bobbin for proper tension as well, should hold thread firmly and not dropp more than an inch or two when you let it go. Make sure everything is threaded correctly and needle is installed correctly. If that won't do the trick, repairs might be in order.
    I believe the culprit (bobin race, thats what the little do-hickey is called, I think) could be loose. I had a similar problem awhile back. Sounds similar at least. There is a bushing that holds the bobbin shaft and it had come loose. Pull the plastic cover off the machine.
    under the foot you will see a shaft with a bushing on it, it is probably loose. A small allen wrench will tighten it up and then put everything back together.
    Should look something like this.
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    Little more specific
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    You can see the gear/bushing I'm talking about and the set screw that I needed to tighten. That is a pic from the back side of my machine. Slide the bushing back in all the way on the shaft to mesh with the drive shaft gear, and tighten. Mine had a big flat spot where it went to correctly hold the timing. (I'm thinking most machines are similar.)
    If your mechanical abilities are up to it. If not spend the money on a qualified tech repair.
    Try the new needle first, to see if that is the case.
    If you got the machine all tore apart, clean it up and add some lube. Gun oil works great and is cheap (find it in the outdoor/sports section at walmart, etc.) Go lite on the oil, just enough to keep things moving, not too much that its dripping all over. Hope that helps.
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    Tangle on the bottom, increase thread tension.

    Tangle on the top, decrease thread tension.

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    Make sure the bobbin is in the correct way. Sometimes having it in backwards causes bad things to happen.
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    Bobbin always pulls thread off so as to turn the bobbin clockwise.
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    sewing help

    Had the same problem, the bobbin spool was to thick on mine.

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    wife had same problem, got cleaning and light lube did it wonders, sounds like a honda insight now
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    So far no luck. This is the problem I'm having. Also its a Singer 6217C if that's helpful.

    Thanks everyone!
    MUCH Appreciated.

    -Nate

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    Nice video

    Nice video man. A video is worth a thousand words. I am looking for that repair manual now...

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