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Thread: Featherweight Help

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    Featherweight Help

    I was cruzin along sewing sewing and noticed I was starting to get some skipped stitches and couldn't remember the last time I changed my needle so I replaced it, oiled and cleaned out lots of dust and lint. Now the needle I can't sew more than 2-3 stitches without the upper thread nesting below. I have double checked to make sure the flat side of the needle (Singer 80/11) is to my left. I did notice that the bobbin case is missing one of the screws and have no idea if this just happened or if it has been like this for a while, would this matter?

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    sounds like you need to rethread-from the beginning & make sure your thread is between the tension disks correctly---nesting on the bottom is a top thread issue- sometimes it is easy to miss one simple step when threading- so rethreading should be the first (try)--you may have knocked something loose- done something when you cleaned it???look it over --- on my vintage singer the needle goes in with the flat side to the right???could the needle be in backwards? i don't know if that is even possible---but it sounds as if the threading may be the problem- also check to see if maybe a piece of lint is caught in the tension disks- that can cause the problem too-- when all else fails start over from the beginning. good luck!
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    and don't forget to be sure the foot is down
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    reread your manual.
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    I always thread my machine and wind bobbins with the manual open in front of me. Its a whole lot easier to not miss a step.

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    Turn your spool of thread over??? Sometimes the thread catches on the little slit at the top. Just a suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2boys View Post
    I was cruzin along sewing sewing and noticed I was starting to get some skipped stitches and couldn't remember the last time I changed my needle so I replaced it, oiled and cleaned out lots of dust and lint. Now the needle I can't sew more than 2-3 stitches without the upper thread nesting below. I have double checked to make sure the flat side of the needle (Singer 80/11) is to my left. I did notice that the bobbin case is missing one of the screws and have no idea if this just happened or if it has been like this for a while, would this matter?
    If it is the screw near the end, that is the thread tension screw.That is most likely the problem.Iwould get a magnet and scan the area and machine to try to recover it It is very hard to find a replacement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Turn your spool of thread over??? Sometimes the thread catches on the little slit at the top. Just a suggestion.
    I've had that issue with thread spools. I use a nail file to smooth out the slit. Also, slide a doubled piece of the flat type of dental floss between the tension disks; even if you don't see anything there you may be surprised at what comes out. Good luck.
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    Thanks for the tips, but now its working just fine. I loosened the screws that hold the needle plate in place, I think I might have over tightened them. Also I'm pretty sure the motor was getting over heated too. Today the machine is working jsut fine.

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    Did you take off the needle plate when you were cleaning?

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