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Singer self-winding bobbin problem
Switches to in-situ bobbin-winding in middle of seams
loosecoverqueen
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Date: 5/28/05 12:54 PM

My Singer Concerto (same bobbin system as the Futura but not computerised) goes into bobbin-winding mode at random when sewing and snarls up underneath with thread pulling the fabric down through the hole and eating it before I can stop the machine! I have had the machine for 2 years and it made my daughter's wedding dress and 4 bridesmaids dresses without any problems in 2003. Since then it has got worse and worse. Maybe something is loose or a spring has sprung!
The industrial machine guy I use for my working machines just shakes his head and says get a decent machine (not very constructive).
Any ideas anyone?

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Date: 6/1/05 7:04 PM

I also have the Singer-I wind bobbin at a slower speed. Seems to help the problem.
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Date: 6/3/05 8:13 AM

Thanks for the tip. the bobbin does wind better when done slowly.
My problem is different :
For anyone considering buying a Concerto this is how the bobbin winds:

It stays in place in the bobbin race. you pull the cover plate towards you about 1/4 inch and a red spacer pops up to keep it in the correct position. you the run the machine and it draws the thread down round the bobbin and winds it. To stop winding you press down the red spacer out of the way, push the cover plate back into normal sewing position , draw the thread up through the needle plate and you are ready to sew.

When merrily sewing along a seam my machine randomly tries to wind the bobbin through the fabric and sew at the same time even though the cover plate and spacer are in their sewing positions - disaster! Help!

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Date: 6/3/05 3:50 PM

Maybe some sensor that tells it when the cover is in winding position is fried. You're going to have to contact the manufacturer, find a Singer users group or find a repair person who deals with the brand. Not fun, I know.

Singer's reputation has slid a lot lately. I have used them lifelong and my current machine is a 10 year old cheapo Singer that was supposed to just tide me over while I shopped for a "good" machine. I mistreat it terribly and it just won't die. Go figure.

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Date: 6/3/05 4:27 PM

Not sure if this will help in your case, but with one of my Singers (self winding drop-in bobin) I have found that if I put any pressure with my fingers dirrectly over the bobin while sewing, it causes the same problem that you describe. I learned not to put pressure there with my right hand. It would usually happen when I was trying to sew in a tight spot or a tight curve where I would WANT to put pressure with my right fingers, so it was extremely annoying. I don't use that machine except when absolutely necessary for that reason.

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Date: 6/3/05 5:06 PM

While winding my bobbin I was thinking about yours. Maybe there is a piece of lint or something stuck in there preventing the cover from making full contact at some critical point. Shine a strong penlight and see if you see anything. Try cleaning it out with a little vacuum attachment.

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