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    My Federal won't sew

    I just received a Federal sewing machine. I can get it to pull up the bobbin thread and that is it. I try to sew with it, it bunches a little then breaks the top thread. Please help.
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    Have you done the standard clean everything thoroughly, new needle, re-thread, take bobbin out and make sure that its in correctly, possibly even wind a new bobbin? Do you have the correct bobbin? I know these are basics, but they can often cure a mulititude of ills on a sewing machine.
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    Have you looked for the clones threads here?
    Info about tensions https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintag...e-t269712.html
    And a lot of valuable info here I hope it’s still here. https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...p-t164361.html
    And another old fun thread
    https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintag...r-t169127.html

    Make sure it is threaded correctly and make sure the thread goes in the needle the correct direction. Needle goes flat side to the shaft on that machine.
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    In addition to what Miriam said - It looks like you have a quick release pressure regulator. Maybe if you press down on it, that would help.

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    I would rub my finger around the bobbins for roughness, and the bobbin holder also, and all of the places that the thread goes thru. I had a machine this week doing the same thing and the metal bobbin had a rough spot that the thread got caught on it and tore it apart. Just a thought.

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    If the spool of thread has a notch in the edge, sometimes that can catch and break the thread. I found that if I put it on the spindle with that end down, then at least the thread winds off smoothly!
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    Turn it by hand slowly and see if you can tell exactly where the break happens.
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    Good idea Leon. Some times you can pull thread through an inch at a time through various sections of thread passes. I had dried up oil in a tension once that really did a number on my thread. I’ve seen bad needle eyes break thread. Some times just changing the needle is enough. I have a collection of removed parts with burrs, too. Bits of rust...
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    I can get it to pull up the bobbin thread with no problem. It just when I start to sew with it, it breaks.

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    I forgot to mention that I replace the bobbin case and the bobbin from a newer Singer sewing machine I had and the thread still breaks when I try to sew. It might be catching on the feed dogs. I tried to getting the screws loose but they are tough to get free. I've cleaned the tension spring with alcohol and feed dogs with a toothbrush done all the oiling. I think I am threading it correctly. I've checked youtube about a half dozen times on threading Singer sewing machines. I have the flat part of the needle to the left.

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    My favoite too for Singer over the feed dog screws are my Swiss Army knife, an offset screwdriver or a little ratcheting offset screwdriver

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    ^^^ what Cari said and did you put in a new needle and new thread? Is your thread going through tension correctly?
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