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Old 06-16-2016, 09:37 PM   #41
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Greetings all.
After getting sidelined for a bit I'm hoping to get back to tackling sewing window shades for the side windows on the house. I have attempted in the last few days to get the old Singer strung up and working. I purchased a #19 needle and had already purchased my other supplies including Sunbrella thread.
I'm not having much luck sewing on my "practice" material- primarily the thread seems to be twisting or shredding at the needle. I removed the plate the needle pushes through above the bobbin shuttle today and polished some jagged areas caused by needle damage. This helped the shredding- but I'm still getting twisting in the thread I can't figure out. Any suggestions??

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Old 06-16-2016, 11:30 PM   #42
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I had the same problem when I first got my LS1. After much frustration, I finally got out the quick reference card (with pictures) and discovered I had missed one step in threading the machine properly. Corrected that, tightened up the tension and all is well.

Reading the reference manuals before I jump into a project isn't my strong suit. It's a guy thing!
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:36 AM   #43
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Edelweiss,
I wondered if this could be an issue. I have a book that was in the case but is for a slightly different model and so it routes differently as well. I'm also wondering if the large spool of thread is designed to "unwind" from the top or by spinning??


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I'm also wondering if the large spool of thread is designed to "unwind" from the top or by spinning??
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Yes that is most likely your problem. The thread is unwinding and twisting as it feeds, try making a stand with a dowel so you can unwind the thread without twisting. The stronger thread will have a tight twist to it by design, much more so than your normal cotton/ polyester. Try using normal thread and see if you get the same reaction, if not then play with how the sunbrella thread unwinds.
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Edelweiss,
I wondered if this could be an issue. I have a book that was in the case but is for a slightly different model and so it routes differently as well. I'm also wondering if the large spool of thread is designed to "unwind" from the top or by spinning??

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Lg spools are indeed meant tofeed from the top...fabric store should have a stand or you can make one from a board a dowel and some stiff wire or better thin rod
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I wondered if this could be an issue. I have a book that was in the case but is for a slightly different model and so it routes differently as well. I'm also wondering if the large spool of thread is designed to "unwind" from the top or by spinning??
Yes, From the top. Also I don't see any tension on the thread going into the tensioner. That doesn't seem right. The thread that's balling up looks like needle thread, not bobbin thread, right? If so it's probably a tensioning issue.

I realize this is a Singer and not an LS1. But on the LS1, the thread going to the tensioner doesn't just pass through the chrome bar above the tensioner, it wraps around it one complete turn and then down into the tensioner. You definitely need the manufactures threading directions to get this right.
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Where do you purchase supplies?
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Depends on what...
Machine accys etc Sailrite has a lot
I get most of my fabrics & binding from Rochford.com...good selection & service...
Check their 2nds & close outs for some bargains.
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I no longer have my old Singer but it seems like there was a metal loop before the tensioner and the bar w a hole after...that goes up...down...before the needle.
Google Singer threading you may find some pics
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Great info all. I'll work on the suggestions and update-


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