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What’s wrong with my Singer Sewing Machine?

When i use it all the thread from the bobbin goes all wickity-whack and starts collecting and tangling underneath the fabric, dragging it into the sewing machine and clogging it up. how do i fix it?! It already ruined my dress, I have to start over. :-(

What do you think? Answer below!

5 Responses to “What’s wrong with my Singer Sewing Machine?”

  1. Misty says:

    it sounds like the bobbin threads are too loose or not threaded correctly. I had the same problem when i started sewing.

  2. Worldly25 says:

    Get out your owner’s manual. Follow the pictures. First rewind a new bobbin making sure the thread is the same weight or thinner than the upper thread. Insert bobbin correctly, you should here it click.
    Next a new needle the re-thread the upper thread. Follow the markings.
    If this does not help then search on line for the singer website,
    Singers do that if there is lint in the bobbin casing so check that before replacing the bobbin.

  3. drip says:

    When ever you thread your machine and bobbin, take a scrap piece of fabric and sew on it to be sure everything is right.

    try winding your bobbin with an even speed.

  4. kay says:

    These are the likely culprits:
    –Bad needle
    –Seams started incorrectly

    The 10 minute fix for most of what ails most sewing machines:
    – Dig out the manual. Take all the thread out of/off of the machine. Pull the needleplate and the bobbin case if it’s removeable. Clean and oil per the manual’s recommendation. Use a brush and vacuum, not compressed air (which blows lint in farther), and real sewing machine oil, not 3-in-1 type oil (it hardens and freezes the machine) nor WD-40 type stuff (it’s a solvent, not a lubricant).

    – Put in a new needle of the correct point style for the fabric you’re sewing (ballpoint for knits, sharps for wovens) and the right size for the thickness of fabric (10/70 for shirting weight fabrics, 12/80 for heavy shirtings or light pantsweight. 14/90 for medium to heavy pantsweight, 16/100 for very heavy fabrics. Make sure the needle is in right way around — a needle in backwards will skip stitches or not stitch at all.

    – Rethread, with manual in hand. Make sure the presser foot is UP when you thread the top — it opens the top tension so that the thread actually gets in between the tension disk (loops on the bottom, not enough tension on top).

    – Fetch up the bobbin thread. You need about a 4″ tail of thread top and bottom. Run both threads under the presser foot and behind it.

    – If you’ve been playing with the top tension, set it to 4. If you’ve been playing with the bobbin tension, let me know and we’ll try to rebalance it, but you’re likely to have to take it into the shop.

    Now, each and every time you start to sew a seam, this is how you do it:
    1) Place the fabric under the needle, and use the handwheel to lower the needle into the fabric (be sure to turn it the right way… seee the manual).

    2) Drop the presser foot.

    3) Hold the thread tails behind the presser foot with your left hand.

    4) Take a couple of stitches

    5) Drop the thread tails and sew normally.

    If this doesn’t fix your problems, you may have some thread caught farther in the machine than you can spot… doesn’t take much for some machines to start pitching a fit. Or you may have accidentally knocked the machine out of time with one of the jams. Bad timing is actually a fairly rare event, often preceeded by broken needles and loud noises, but a good solid jam is another way to throw off the timing. You can check here to see if you think timing is the problem:
    but that’s generally something that a repair shop needs to adjust.

    Me, I’m betting you’re starting the seam incorrectly.

  5. Patricia J says:

    Hi, Peace.

    This has happened to everyone who uses a sewing machine, and it is aggravating.

    Get out the manual for the machine and turn to maintenance.

    Turn the power off to the machine (safety first).

    Remove the needle (another, safety first).

    Remove the throat plate, bobbin and bobbin case – taking note of how the bobbin case fits into the race.

    Carefully clean away any lint or thread snips in this area with a cotton swab or mini vac attachment (see source).

    It is necessary to do this cleaning process from time to time. The fuzzier the fabric, the more often you will need to clean.

    Do not oil unless the manual states when and where. For newer machines this may not be in the manual as the mfg requires the lubricating be done by a service tech.

    Replace the bobbin case and bobbin, being sure the thread is feeding from the bobbin in the correct direction and is going through the proper guides.

    Replace the needle and re-thread the machine with the presser foot up.

    Check the manual for tension and stitch length settings appropriate for the fabric you are sewing.

    Test the stitching on like fabric each time you re-thread or change the bobbin. Not as time consuming as having to rip out and restitch or ruining the project.

    After all these steps, if the stitching is still wonky, the timing may need to be adjusted. This means a trip to the service tech.

    Any time the machine has to go into the shop, include a sample of the stitching so the tech can see what is happening. Clamp the sample under the presser foot so it doesn’t get lost.

    I hope the machine does not have to go into the shop.

    Best wishes for many successful, fun projects.


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