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« on: January 04, 2009 09:38:42 AM »

I am new to sewing all together. I have read my manual and my mom gave me the complete set of Singer sewing books. I have a problem though that is not addressed in any of my books/the manual. I don't know how to align my machine. When I am sewing my needle hits something down in the area where my bobbin is and gets stuck. When it does this it makes an awful noise. I have to take it apart and take the bobbin out before it will free up the needle. The needle has not broken yet, but my dad says something needs to be aligned. Can someone explain to me what this is and how to do it?
I have a Kenmore sewing machine and you have to take a little cover off and then you see the bobbin facing you.
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009 10:21:35 AM »

Sounds like your timing is off, in which case it would be a job for the repair guy and isn't really something you can sort out yourself.  Is this a new machine you're using or a second hand one?

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009 10:28:31 AM »

1.) unthread everything.

2.) clean out any lint or thread bits from the bobbin area and under the needle plate (there should be instructions in your manual under the care and maintenance section)

3.) Put in a NEW needle. Consult your manual for specifics on how to orientate and insert the needle correctly.

4.) With the presser foot UP, re-thread everything.  Carefully follow the threading directions in your manual to a "T".  When you get to threading the needle, you should put the presser foot down.

Try some test sewing again.

If something is still hitting something under the plate, you can visually check the timing on your machine, but don't reach for any tools yet.

I have a page on my blog, Resources for DIY Sewing Machine Repair & Maintenance.  There is a link under the "On-line" section about how to check the needle bar and hook timing.

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