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Old 05-31-2010, 04:29 PM
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Singer 211W155 jammed

Thought I would get a lot done this long weekend, but now I'm stuck again. My Singer 211W155 got bound up (bobbin threads bunched up). I tried to pull the panel out as gently as possible, but I think I may have pulled something out of whack. The bobbin case won't advance past the curved arm anymore (don't know what that part is called). There are some thread remnants stuck in the bobbin case that I can't remove. I tried to remove the feed dog so I could remove the case, but I don't have a short enough screwdriver. Any suggestions??? I hope these pics will explain . . .




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Congratulations. You are now one of the fraternity (or sorority) of people who have jammed thread underneath the bobbin case. You don't need to take out the feed dog, but you have to take out the bobbin case and clean out under it. To do that, you have to remove the two tiny screws that go through the bobbin retainer plate (called a hook gib) which lays flat just in front and to the right of the bobbin case. You may have to remove the bobbin case lever ( held in place by that big screw in the front right of your two pictures) to get at the front screw if you can't turn the machine to move the hook out of the way. Be very careful and use a screwdriver with a magnet to avoid losing those two tiny screws. Without them, you can't run your machine.
Here is a picture of a bobbin and hook assembly. The front screw is already out, and the rear screw is still in place.

After you get the retainer plate off, you will be able to wiggle the bobbin case and get it to come out. Remove the thread that's jamming it. While you're in there, you need to blow out the dust and dirt and fuzz that accumulates in there, and put in a few drops of sewing machine oil. Make sure you get the bobbin case back in correctly. The tab on the bobbin case is held in position by a notch in the underside of the throat plate, which you already have off.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:32 PM
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Thanks for the help Dan. I ended up taking it to the shop. I did knock the timing off . . . bad enough to lock it up. Lesson learned . . . don't pull the thread out too hard.
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Even if you did knock the timing off, that would not cause the machine to lock up to the point that it wouldn't work, it would just sew badly.
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I'm a little embarrassed to say that I couldn't get the darn thing out so that's why I took it in. It was the repairman that told me I knocked the timing off and that's why it was stuck. I bet it was just the thread . . . but they gladly took my $75.00. I will surely try harder next time. I'm usually pretty handy with stuff like this. Oh, well.
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I think he was just trying to justify his fee. Timing problems just make the stitches bad and irregular,..... that shouldn't lock up your machine so it won't turn.

Getting the bobbin case out isn't hard, you just need to know how it comes out and have a small flat bladed screw driver for the two screws.
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