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Thread: Problems with my Singer 401A

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    Hello all, I have had this machine for years and love it, but it is pluckin my last nerve. Something has to be out of adjustment, as I sew the bobbin thread or bobbin area is jerking the top thread and balling up on the bottom of my material. I have noticed that it seems to work better if the thread tension is on 8 or 9. This seems to be pulling the bobin thread to the top so I tighten the bobbin tension. Then it starts again. Oh what an evil cycle. Help Pleassssssssssssssse. Thanks

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    Sounds like the bobbin thread is going in the wrong direction

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    The needle isn't threaded the correct way.

    I'll look for my instructions

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere
    Sounds like the bobbin thread is going in the wrong direction

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    The needle isn't threaded the correct way.

    I'll look for my instructions
    Needle threads from front to back, the bobbin thread comes from the left going counter clockwise.

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    Check to see if the needle is inserted correctly...

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    If it has been several years since this machine was serviced, I would take it to the re[airman.

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    Sounds like lint in the groove of the bobbin race. Do you know how to remove the bobbin case from the machine? If you can get the case out use a toothpick to clean out the groove. You'd be amazed at the amount of lint that can get packed in there.

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    Did you figure it out yet?

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    I did take the bobbin case out, but did not see any lint in the track. I sewed for a few hours and it seemed to work pretty well. Thanks.
    SadieMae It has been years since it was serviced. There are no repair men local. So I purchased a technical repair manual for this machine. thanks

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    Glad you figured it out. Remember if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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    Love the sheperd in your avatar.. I have had sheperds all my life and yours looks like mine. LOL

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