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wordie
« on: November 15, 2003 02:30:11 PM »

yesterday, i bought a singer stylist 457 at goodwill for cheap. it seems to be in good condition and have all its parts, but i am having a problem that makes me feel ridiculously incompetent. can anyone help?

here's the problem: i *cannot* raise the bobbin thread for the life of me. this is a top-loading bobbin, and i've only used side bobbins before, so it's possible i'm doing something wrong.

in the manual, following the instructions for threading the bobbin case have the thread nowhere near the needle area. how is it supposed to make a loop? it is counterintuitive to the extreme.

i've been googling this for an hour and found people with the same problem but no useful answers. any suggestions would be *greatly* appreciated. i'm going mad!
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2003 12:21:40 PM »

hi wordie!

i work for a sewing machine company, so i hope i can help.

first off, when you say top-loading, do you mean you just have the bobbin (no case) and it just drops in underneath the needle?

if you have a pic that'd be great  Smiley
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teamboom
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2004 08:07:36 PM »

I am new. My mum told my aunt that I had begun to craft and stuff (knitting, making cards and other silly things) and my aunt decided to donate me her old sewing machine since she doesn't use it anymore.

It didn't come with a manual. I don't remember *a thing* from sewing class back in the day.
ANYONE CARE TO HELP ME?
ie - I don't know how to thread the sewing machine nor do I know what the hell the bobbin is really for. The bobbin is a side one and the sewing machine is an old one.
Bernina (i think) - bernette 715 is the model.

I am confused. and helpless.
I am whimpering right now.

PLEASE! HELP ME! I BEG OF YOU!
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CrazeeMoi
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2004 08:46:13 PM »

This is the Bernia site.... maybe you can contact them and ask for a manual for your machine.
http://www.berninausa.com/home.jsp
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teamboom
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2004 09:02:45 PM »

Thanks.
I went to it and I emailed the Canada people - it's a really old model and I don't think they make it anymore so I don't know if a manual will exist.

Do you think theres a chance? Or a chance that they'll even reply to lil ol' three chord me?
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2004 11:47:36 PM »

i found this auction at ebay for all the bernette models manual::
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3265353977&category=605

assuming the manufactur does not have a copy. hope this helps!!
good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2004 12:01:35 PM »

if you really can't figure it out, and you can't get a manual for it, then i'd suggest looking at another machine (any type, really) as a reference or taking it into a shop and having them show you.

the older machines really don't differ all that much-- and once you get familliar with threading the whole thing (bobbin included) you should be able to experiment and figure out at least enough to do simple sewing.

by the way-bernina is a great make! imo hey are one of the best machines out there! i hope you two are very happy together.
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2004 07:23:32 PM »

Thanks for all the help!

Goodness everyone's nice here.

I'm very glad to hear that the brand is up to par...we weren't very sure but it was free so yea.

thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2004 10:51:04 PM »

So, recently I have been having a lot of trouble with my sewing machine.  Don't get me wrong, it's a great machine and I love it dearly - but I'm afraid the time has come to replace it (it's about 20 years old)!  I don't know much about shopping for sewing machines, as I've never really been in the market  - so I'd appreciate any advice.  Any specific brands to look for or avoid?   If anyone has bought a machine lately and been really happy (or unhappy) with it, I'd love to hear!  Also - any features that might not seem like a necessity, but you have found to be really handy or cool?  

thank you so much!
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2004 06:44:33 AM »

i work with sewing machines for a living so if i can help you i'll try my best!

first off, what's your budget? you should always buy the most expensive you can afford. it really will be an investment.

'drop-in' bobbins are nicer to use than 'bobbin and case' types. they tend to tangle less.

if you can stretch to a computerised machine, they really are amazing to use... they have loads of features that make projects so much easier...

i would defo recommend you buy from somewhere that has good after sales service. catalgues and discount stores may be cheaper but there's not usually someone you can go back to if you have a problem or question.

if you have any specific questions let me know and i'll try my best to answer  Grin
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