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Help, I dropped a screw in my sewing machine
sewing machine repair, problems, tension
LittleBlueDress
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Date: 2/7/13 12:34 PM

I was having some problems with the tension so I was adjusting the bobbin tension screw, and loosened it so much that it fell into the machine. I can't hear it rattling anymore so it's stuck. Is it safe to remove the bobbin case or take out other components to look for it? Should I just take it in for repair? I can buy a new screw but I am worried about this other screw damaging the machine.

I have a Singer Stylist 418, attached to a nice wood cabinet. I do have a manual and I realize now that I simply had the machine threaded wrong and should never have loosened the screw. Also, how much should I expect to pay for repair, or for cleaning, oiling, servicing, and readjusting? Any suggestions are much appreciated.

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Date: 2/7/13 1:00 PM

If you are still under warranty, I would bring it in. If not, call them for a price...they are all over the place with $$, and get the name of the person who gives you the quote.

If you are feeling handy, it is possible to take off the throat plate and the bobbin case (some are removable and exchangeable anyway), do so, and if you can get it out of the cabinet, turn it upside-down and see if you can't shake it out. Been there, and still had to take my machine to the dealer because it wouldn't (broken needle) come out.

Good luck.

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Date: 2/7/13 1:09 PM

You could try checking your manual, it may show you how to take the bobbin casing out and remove the stitch plate etc.

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Date: 2/7/13 1:27 PM

Thanks everyone. My machine is vintage, so no warranty. I was just worried about damaging the machine or the tension by removing the bobbin case. Has anyone here ever done this?

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Date: 2/7/13 3:25 PM

You can remove the bottom for cleaning. That may be where the screw landed.

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Date: 2/7/13 4:22 PM

You should be able to take it apart with little issue.
Just remember where things came from.
Those machines are pretty hard to mess up.

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Date: 2/7/13 4:24 PM

Been there, done that. I was ready to take the machine apart and decided to try one more thing. I carefully held the machine upside down and gently shook and rotated the machine. The screw fell out. I was lucky, I know.
brenda in MI

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Date: 2/7/13 4:24 PM

Been there, done that. I was ready to take the machine apart and decided to try one more thing. I carefully held the machine upside down and gently shook and rotated the machine. The screw fell out. I was lucky, I know.
brenda in MI

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Date: 2/7/13 6:45 PM

My problem wasn't a screw but a pin. You know those little holes to the right of the needle where you can attach this and that. Well I slid the pin out as I was sewing along and it fell right in one of those holes. It would not come out so I had to take the machine in to have it removed. Now I keep a picec of tape over the holes.

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Date: 5/24/15 2:48 AM

My sewing machine has been sitting in the same upright position for 2 years now. Last night I unbolted the machine from the cabinet to fix this problem. I also removed the throat plate and bobbin case. Then I draped a piece of cloth on the floor and shook the machine upside down. I did this several times, and nothing came out. There is no sign of the screw anywhere! I can't hear any rattling either.

I can turn the crank and everything moves smoothly with the power off, but I want to remove the bottom and keep looking. However I can't get the bolt undone. The screwdriver seemed to be too big and was destroying it rather than loosening it. Is a screwdriver even the right tool? The bolt looks like this:
http://www.doubleveil.net/zssmp/images/185k-q.jpg
(If that link doesn't work it's picture #16 on this page http://www.doubleveil.net/zssmp/185k.htm )

I found a replacement screw on on eBay so I can order one easily, but I'm afraid this tension screw is stuck somewhere and might ruin the machine if I try to use it.

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