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tyrosrus | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi- This is my first time posting on a website so….

I’ve got a singer sewing machine that I have never used. ( it’s about 5 years old I think). It doesn’t have a manual with it ( anymore). I’ve always done my sewing by hand, but am getting a lot of requests for my dolls & crafts. 

I would like to use my machine but when I try the bobbin gets jammed. Is it the thread that I am using or the way I’m putting in the bobbin???

I appreciate any help I can get from you experienced sewers!


  1. cintipam | | #1

    Hi Tyrosrus

    Try this site to see if you can locate your machine.  Most of the info is threading, but when you scroll down it shows filling and inserting bobbins. 


    If that doesn't help, tell us which machine you have.  It's probably printed somewhere on the lower right arm part.  Someone with your model may be able to help. 

    Also, make SURE you are using the correct kind of bobbin.  I know some models are VERY sensitive that you put the bobbin in with the thread unwinding in the correct direction.  So try reversing your bobbin.  Also try a new bobbin.  Sometimes imperfect edges catch thread.  Try different thread.  Some machines don't like certain threads.  And I hate to say it, some newer machines just won't ever work right.  I stick to pre 70's machines mostly.

    I hope you are able to find an answer.


    1. cintipam | | #2

      Gosh, just thought of new possibilities.  Sewing error.  Make sure you put the presser foot down lever before you press on the foot pedal.  Also, especially on thinner or silky fabrics, you can't start real close to the edge.  If you do, you get a big bobbin jam when the material edge gets pushed into the bobbin area.  Start about an inch from the edge, and backstitch that area, then proceed forward.  Or use little fabric squares folded over to start the seam.  It should be butted up right next to what you are sewing.  Sew right off the square and proceed onto the other fabric.  End the seam on one too.  Cut the squares off after sewing is removed from machine.

      If you are going to be sewing a lot of very fine fabric, use your straight stitch needle plate and foot.  Just remember you can't zig or fancy pattern with these, you'll break needles and maybe mess up your timing.  But they really help fine fabric seams look smoother, besides making the sewing easier.

      Don't overfill the bobbin.  That can create jams.  When filling, slow and steady makes a much better bobbin than speedracer style.  Too fast winding stretches the thread, and your seams will pucker.

      Really hope you figure this out.  Sewing should be fun, not frustrating.

      Pam (again!)

      1. tyrosrus | | #5

        Thanks!  Just what I needed more ways to not get this machine to work (HA HA HA)!!

        I appreciate the web info!! What's really embarrassing is that my 9 year old neighbor has let be borrow ( and taught me to use) her little mini, while I get the "real one" straightened out. (it could still be me not it - I'll do the research)

        1. cintipam | | #6

          Final thought.  You said you thought all bobbins were pretty standard.  I tried to use the wrong bobbin on a Singer once, had big old bobbin jam every time I tried.  Seems the machine needed a class 66 bobbin (slightly domed shaped), and I was using a class 15 (totally flat on both sides).  Other than the bit of rounding, these bobbins are the same size.  Also, both are available almost everywhere including Walmart.  So if you got a 15 in there, try a 66!


    2. laundry | | #3

      TYROSRUS...I don't have any solid information for you, but do have a couple of suggestions. One, you can probably have the manual sent to you from Singer for free. I am sure I have seen posts on this site and others from people who have contacted Singer on-line and they have just sent the manual. Or you might even be able to print it out from some site. Two, if the machine has been sitting around for 5 years, even if it has been covered in some way, it might be a good idea to take it in for a check up and lubricating. I have no idea what this would cost but if you really need the machine it might be worth it. You could also probably find out how to thread (and bobbin) it properly.

      Hope you get it figured out, nothing more exasperating than to have it sitting there and not be able to use it!!!


      1. tyrosrus | | #4

        Thanks for the info & all the replies!!! I'll check the website info for the manual & other info. Also I will be getting it cleaned.  I think the info re: bobbin size is helpful - thought they were pretty standard. Boy do I have a lot to learn!

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