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Thread: stitches won't lock on Singer

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    Senior Member Noiseynana's Avatar
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    Need help yall. My vintage singer is sewing smooth as can be. BUt the stitches won't lock. I've tried several times to get the bobbin thread to swirl around when the needle thread comes down. But it just ain't gonna happen. THe needle thread just goes straight down and nothing else. Help please

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    Are you using a Singer needle?

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    What model are you using? Some machines thread the needle from front to back and others back to front.

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    What model do you have. Some models like the Featherweight and the 15 the needle flat side goes to the left (not the back of the machine) The needle is threaded from right to left or inside to the outside. Maybe this info will help.

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    you have your needle in wrong, it's just my quess.

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    Ok I got the thread to do what its supposed to. But it still won't stitch. Does that make sense.?? You know when ya have the fabric in it and start stitching?

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    I don't know what model but the numbers on the little plate on the front are G8464972 . Does that help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana
    Ok I got the thread to do what its supposed to. But it still won't stitch. Does that make sense.?? You know when ya have the fabric in it and start stitching?
    We got that but if your needle is not positioned correctly, threaded in the right direction and the thread coming off the bobbin in the right direction it could cause this problem. What model machine do you have?

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    i had this happen and my problem was the bobbin, although i thought it was the correct bobbin for the model and fit in the case without any problems it would not stitch.

    once i put in another bobbin it worked great.

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    What kind of bobbin do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana
    What kind of bobbin do you use?
    You have a model 66 singer, made 11/3/1920. You should use a class 66 bobbin.

    P.S. Your needle should be threaded from left to right.

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    OMG. where in the world would I find one? Thanks so much for all the help. ANd finding out what and how old my machine is. Wow, you have a load of knowledge. Thank you

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    Some vintage machines do not use standard sewing machine needles. I learned this when I worked for a sewing machine repair guy who wasn't always in the shop and he taught me afew things to look for to trouble shoot for customers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana
    OMG. where in the world would I find one? Thanks so much for all the help. ANd finding out what and how old my machine is. Wow, you have a load of knowledge. Thank you
    You can get class 66 bobbins online. Is yours a metal bobbin with 4 holes on each side?

    Here's an online link: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bob...2222-10pk.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana
    OMG. where in the world would I find one? Thanks so much for all the help. ANd finding out what and how old my machine is. Wow, you have a load of knowledge. Thank you
    I think you can probably still get class 66 bobbins and Singer machine needles at Wal-Mart.

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    My bobbin is metal but has only 1 hole on each side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana
    My bobbin is metal but has only 1 hole on each side.
    This is what you need: http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bob...2222-10pk.aspx

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    Lostn51,Billie told me to get bobbins and needles at Wal Mart, which I did. The package of bobbins says they are for Singer 66 models and the needles are size 15.

    Sassy granny

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    Quote Originally Posted by sassy granny
    Lostn51,Billie told me to get bobbins and needles at Wal Mart, which I did. The package of bobbins says they are for Singer 66 models and the needles are size 15.

    Sassy granny
    15-1 :lol:

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    Great, I'll try there. The web site virtalbernie sent is a wonderful site. But one bobbin there is $6.99 for 10 . ON social security its gonna be hard. But if walmart doesn't have 'em , then there I will go. Thanks so much for all the info.
    Now, I have a singer treadle, that I need to fix too. So stay tuned for my dispair. hehehe IT'd be a great help if I knew what the heck I'm doin. hehehe

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    Do yall know where I can get a manual for this machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Quote Originally Posted by sassy granny
    Lostn51,Billie told me to get bobbins and needles at Wal Mart, which I did. The package of bobbins says they are for Singer 66 models and the needles are size 15.

    Sassy granny
    15-1 :lol:
    Whats this? I'm totally confused. Which is a normal state. hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana
    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Quote Originally Posted by sassy granny
    Lostn51,Billie told me to get bobbins and needles at Wal Mart, which I did. The package of bobbins says they are for Singer 66 models and the needles are size 15.

    Sassy granny
    15-1 :lol:
    Whats this? I'm totally confused. Which is a normal state. hehehe
    15-1 is the needle size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana
    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Quote Originally Posted by sassy granny
    Lostn51,Billie told me to get bobbins and needles at Wal Mart, which I did. The package of bobbins says they are for Singer 66 models and the needles are size 15.

    Sassy granny
    15-1 :lol:
    Whats this? I'm totally confused. Which is a normal state. hehehe
    Billy is from Vintage machine shop here on the board. I ordered some parts from him and asked him for the needles and bobbins and he told me I could get them at Wal Mart. I think the needles were about a dollar for 5 and the bobbins were in a pkg. of 4 for around a dollar, maybe a little more but not much. I can't remember, but certainly not 6.99 ea. If you need parts or advise, look up Billy on the board here.

    sassy granny

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