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Why is my singer sewing machine needle hitting the plate UNDER the bobbin case?

I haven’t used my machine for a couple of months, I pulled it out the other day and changed my bobbin thread and when I tried too pull the bobbin thread up through the needle plate, the needle was hitting something under the needle plate. I pulled off the needle plate and pulled the bobbin case out, and when I lowered the needle, it was hitting the wheel that turns under the bobbin case. I tried to turn the wheel to the area that has the large hole, but it will not turn without raising and lowering the needle at the same time. I removed and replaced the needle several times, as I thought it might not be in all the was, thus making go down farther into the machine, but that did not help. I really have no clue what happened, it has not been dropped or hit and the last time I used it it worked just fine.
I have put taken the needle out and put it back in properly a couple of times, and it hasn’t helped.

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Why is my singer sewing machine needle hitting the plate UNDER the bobbin case?

I haven’t used my machine for a couple of months, I pulled it out the other day and changed my bobbin thread and when I tried too pull the bobbin thread up through the needle plate, the needle was hitting something under the needle plate. I pulled off the needle plate and pulled the bobbin case out, and when I lowered the needle, it was hitting the wheel that turns under the bobbin case. I tried to turn the wheel to the area that has the large hole, but it will not turn without raising and lowering the needle at the same time. I removed and replaced the needle several times, as I thought it might not be in all the was, thus making go down farther into the machine, but that did not help. I really have no clue what happened, it has not been dropped or hit and the last time I used it it worked just fine.
I have put taken the needle out and put it back in properly a couple of times, and it hasn’t helped.

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5 Responses to “Why is my singer sewing machine needle hitting the plate UNDER the bobbin case?”

  1. *T.B* says:

    Maybe you need to adjust the position of the needle. Home ec. taught me that.

  2. mike1942f says:

    My Necchi sewing machine uses flat sided needles to orient them. Without guessing how it went wrong between uses, perhaps when you pulled it to fix, it got turned so it won’t go in all the way to the bottom of the holder, thus being too long.

  3. Susan says:

    If your needle is positioned correctly (flat to the back) and is pushed all the way up, the next suspect is the machine’s timing. If the timing gets out of whack, you will hear the needle make contact with something down there. The timing measurements in the bobbin area are very tiny and it doesn’t take much to throw it off.

    Take it to an authorized service center and have them give it a good going over.

    Remember, when you haven’t used your machine in a while, that nasty stuff called “gravity” moves the lubricants down and the machine can be dry even though it was not used.

  4. pattiann says:

    If this is a drop-in, the bobbin case is not properly installed.

    Remove and try again until it works…there should be a red mark or notch for matching the case to the race, or refer to the owner’s manual for the alignment information when replacing the bobbin case

  5. kay says:

    You’ve got the wrong needle system or the needle isn’t inserted properly or there is some component not properly seated, probably the bobbin case.

    Start with a new needle of the correct needle system, about a size 12/80 (this is what machines are normally timed with). Make sure the needle is fully inserted into the needle clamp.

    Make sure the bobbin case is fully inserted, and any assembly under the case is properly seated.

    Check the timing by looking at:
    http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Repair/Sewing Machine Hook Timing.htm

    If a new, properly inserted needle doesn’t fix it, and the bobbin case is correctly seated, it’s time for the repair shop.

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