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From: columbiar
Date: 04-02-2005, 07:02 PM (1 of 6)
Anyone out there have this machine? I purchased it for my daughter when she was in college (circa 1993) and she never had any luck with it. I decided to try and get it to work on this rainy day. It's very clean - hardly used - and I managed to get a straight stitch but it keeps skipping a few on the zig-zag. I was wondering if this machine was a lemon from the get go or should i keep fooling around with it. All suggestions welcome!
User: columbiar
Member since: 02-20-2005
Total posts: 10
From: plrlegal
Date: 04-02-2005, 08:25 PM (2 of 6)
From what I know about a Singer, it sounds like it's not threaded exactly right or that the bobbin is not in and/or threaded correctly either. I have 3 Singer sewing machines and a Singer serger and they all have to be threaded exactly right and the bobbins in exaclty right or they won't stitch worth a @#$$%! Also check to be sure the needle is inserted correctly.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: columbiar
Date: 04-03-2005, 07:50 AM (3 of 6)
Thanks Patsy, have tried all that again and again hoping to hit the right combination! It was initially threaded incorrectly -fixed that and the straight stitch is OK but it didn't help the zig zag.

I wanted something really small for her dorm - there were 3 of them sharing the tiniest room. It was the perfect size though now I can't believe that I bought her a machine that didn't have a light, nor a thread cutter that I keep reaching for!
User: columbiar
Member since: 02-20-2005
Total posts: 10
From: mamadus
Date: 04-04-2005, 12:41 AM (4 of 6)
Ro... if its been a long time since this machine has been used, I'd take it in for a cleaning and oiling before you try using it... over time, even the cleanest machine can become dusty inside, and if it hasn't been used for a while, the oil may have dissipated.... usually when you have a good cleaning and oiling done, they will also do any adjustments that need to be made... you may find that once the cleaning/oiling is done, everything will work fine, with no frustration on your part...

just my 2 cents..


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User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 492
From: cjzimm
Date: 09-15-2005, 10:48 PM (5 of 6)
Hi, I recently picked one of these up at a garage sale and I've order the manuel. Mine seems to be missing the thread holder and there is this funny little piece on the back which I wonder if that is where the holder attaches?? I don't have a clue on the threading and it almost looks like it should go backwards. No light is a bummer trying to figure this out. It is however light weight and if those basic stitches work maybe a good machine for me to carry in the car. I only have $10 invested but don't have a clue about this one.
User: cjzimm
Member since: 09-13-2005
Total posts: 9
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 09-16-2005, 11:55 AM (6 of 6)
Question first ?? Were you sewing on a knit or a woven fabric.. If a knit, I may have an answer.. My machine (not a singer ) will do exactly that kind of thing when I sew on a very stretchy knit with a needle that should be used for woven fabrics.. Otherwise , you may skip this one from me..
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
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