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5, 6, 8, 10 Stitch Sewing Machine
Table of Contents
1. Getting To Know Your Machine Principal Parts Accessories Important Safety Instructions 2. Getting Ready To Sew Operating the Machine Choosing and Changing Needles Changing Presser Feet Changing the Needle Plate Attaching the Feed Cover Removing and Replacing the Extension Table Fabric Thread and Needle Table Winding a Bobbin Inserting a Bobbin Threading the Machine Raising the Bobbin Thread 3. Straight Stitching Stitch Width Selector Needle Position Selector Stitch Length Selector Reverse Stitch Button Adjusting Thread Tension Sewing a Seam Starting a seam Darning Quilting Inserting a Zipper 4. Zig-Zag Stitching Stitch Pattern Selector Needle Position Selector Stitch Width Selector Adjusting Stitch Length Needle Thread Tension Zig-Zag Zag Stitch Blindstitch Ladder Seams Multi Stitch Zig-Zag "M" Stitch 5. Four Step Buttonhole 6. Free-Arm Sewing 7. Twin Needle Sewing
8. Caring For Your Machine Removing and Replacing the Bobbin Case Changing the Light Bulb Cleaning the Machine Lubricating the Machine
Additional Accessories Attaching a Button Performance Checklist
5, 6, 8, 10 Stitch Sewing Machine
As the owner of a new Singer sewing machine, you are about to begin an exciting adventure in creativity. From the moment you first use your machine, you will know you are sewing on one of the easiest to use sewing machines ever made. In addition to the many familiar SINGER exclusives, like a removable extension table and a horizontal spool pin, this machine offers you these features: * Zig-zag stitching for buttonholes, mending and decorative stitches. * Flexi stitch patterns for sewing knitted and other stretch fabrics. (only for machines with 6, 8 and 10 stitches) * Built-in 4-step buttonholer that takes the difficulty out of making a buttonhole. (only for machines with 5, 6, 8 and 10 stitches) * Blindsitching for invisible hems. (only for machines with 5, 6, 8 and 10 stitches) * Easy to find "Letter-Coded" Accessories. * Drop in front bobbin for easy, quick bobbin replacement. * Simple stitch length dial and push button reverse stitching. * Snap on presser feet that are quickly removed and easily replaced. * One-way needle insertion that makes it impossible to insert the needle incorrectly.
May we recommend that, before you start to use your sewing machine, you discover the many advantages and the ease of operation by going through this instruction book, step by step, seated at your machine.
To ensure that you are always provided with the most modern sewing capabilities, the manufacturer reserves the right to change the appearance, design or accessories of this sewing machine when considered necessary.
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5, 6, 8, 10 Stitch Sewing Machine
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8 and 10 stitches) 20. One-way needle clamp 18. Push button reverse 21. Stitch balance control (only for machines with 6. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine 1 Getting to know your machine Principal parts 1. Presser foot lifter 23.5. Thread guides 14. 6. Needle position selector 6. 8 and 10 stitches) 4. 6. Electrical lead 27. Stitch length dial/ four-step buttonhole (only for machines with 5. Bobbin winding indent 5 . Feed system 16. Snap-in thread guide 8. Stitch width lever 7. Machine plug 28. Hand wheel 2. 8 and 10 stitches) 22. Needle thread tension dial 13. Thread guide 10. Face plate 12. Needle plate 17. Pattern selector lever (only for machines with 5. Horizontal spool pin and holder 5. 6. Snap on presser foot 15. Foot control 26. 8. Bobbin winder tension disc 9. Bobbin winder 3. Power and light switch 29. Thread cutter 24. Take up lever 11. Removable extension table 19. Slide plate 25.
Buttonhole presser foot (L) is used with the General Purpose Needle Plate to make four-step buttonholes. Special purpose presser foot (J) is used for decorative and zig-zag sewing. The spool does not turn. 8 and 10 stitches) 4. 8 and 10 stitches) 5. 3. 6. Needlepack includes an assortment for sewing various types of fabrics. 6. 6. General purpose needle plate (A) and presser foot (B) are on your machine when delivered. 7. The letter in a circle adjacent to the illustrated part is reproduced on the part itself to help you select the correct attachment for the type of work you are doing. (only for machines with 5. Use together for alternating between straight and zig-zag stitching. (only for machines with 5.5. Friction free spool holder is used to hold various size spools and allows thread to unwind smoothly. 8 and 10 stitches) 2. (only for machines with 5. 6. Zipper foot (E) is used for inserting zippers and stitching corded seams. 6. 1. Small thread spool holder (Q) for use with small diameter spools of thread. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Accessories The following accessories furnished with your sewing machine are designed to simplify your sewing projects and increase the versatility of your machine. 6 . 8.
8.5. set stitch width lever to zig-zag mid range. 9. 7 . Feed cover (F) is used to prevent the feed from moving the fabric when darning or free motion embroidery. 8. When using twin-needle for decorative stitching. 6. 8 and 10 stitches) 11. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Accessories Continued. 6. (Optional for some markets). Twin needle and spool pin are used to stitch two parallel rows of decorative stitching simultaneously. (only for machines with 5. Optional accessories are available for your machine from your local Singer retailer. (Optional for some markets).. Blindstitch hem presser foot is used to position the hem for blindstitch hemming.. 12. Felt for twin needle spool pin. Transparent bobbins for easy viewing of thread supply 10.
then remove plug from outlet. 8 . * Do not attempt to adjust the motor belt. Replace bulb with the same type rated 15 watts. Always unplug the machine from the electric outlet immediately after using and before cleaning. * When sewing. Contact your nearest Service Center should any adjustment be required. * Always use the proper throat plate. It may deflect the needle causing it to break. 6. * For double insulated machines. changing throat plate or changing presser foot. Use only attachments recommended by the manufacturer as contained in the Operator's Guide. or when making any other user servicing adjustments mentioned in the Operator's Guide. remove plug from the socket outlet.To reduce the risk of burns. etc. keep fingers away from all moving parts. * Handle the foot controller with care and avoid dropping it on the floor. not the cord. DANGER . basic safety precautions should always be followed including the following: Read all instructions before using this machine. electric shock or injury to persons: * Be sure that the electrical voltage of the socket outlet (wall receptacle) is the same as the rated voltage of the motor. grasp the plug. repair. fire. if it is not working properly. When using this machine. or dropped into the water. * Do not unplug by pulling on cord. when servicing use only identical replacement parts. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS * Always unplug the machine from the electrical outlet when removing covers. if it has been dropped or damage. * Always unplug before re-lamping. lubricating. * Disconnect the power-line plug from the socket outlet or switch the machine off when making any adjustments in the needle area. or mechanical adjustment.5. * Never operate the machine if it has a damaged cord or plug. To unplug. Be sure not to place anything on top of it. 8. * Before removing the bobbin case. * Do not pull or push fabric while stitching. The wrong plate can cause the needle to break. Be sure to replace the face plate which covers the light bulb before operating the machine.To reduce the risk of electric shock: * The machine should never be left unattended when plugged in. changing needle. turn all controls to the off ( "0" )position. WARNING . electrical. Special care is required around the sewing machine needle. Return the machine to the nearest authorized dealer or Service Center for examination. * Do not use bent needles. * To disconnect. such as threading needle. * Use this machine only for its intended use as described in this Operator's Guide.
. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS continued.5. * Do not allow to be used as a toy. * Never operate the machine with any air openings blocked. Close attention is necessary when the machine is used by or near children. 6. dust. * Never drop or insert any object into any opening. This product is intended for household use.. Keep ventilation openings of the machine and foot controller free from the accumulation of lint. 8. 9 . SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS Servicing should be performed by an authorized service representative. and loose cloth. * Do not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being administered. * Do not use outdoors.
this plug is intended to m in a polarized outlet only one way. Running the machine To turn on machine and sewing light. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet. For North America This appliance has a polarized (one blade wider than the other). contact a qualified electrician to install the proper outlet. * With flat side of needle to the back. 6. press lower portion "0" of power switch. remove foot from control. reverse the plug. press upper portion "I" of power switch (4). To turn off machine and light. To stop machine. and the Fabric. * Raise needle to its highest position. the faster the machine will sew. 10 . 10 Stitch Sewing Machine 2 Getting ready to sew Operating the machine Connecting the machine Push plug (1) into the receptacle (2) at the right end of the machine. Do not modify the plug in any way. To run the machine and control speed press the foot control (5) with your foot. If it still does not fit. Check the needle package. Then connect plug (3) to your socket outlet. Thread and Needle Table on page 16 for the correct needle and fabric combination. insert new needle up into clamp as far as it will go. Choosing and changing needles Important: For best results from your sewing machine. 8. The harder you press. To reduce the risk of electric shock.5. Note: Do not operate machine without fabric under the presser foot as this may damage the feed and the presser foot. use only SINGER * needles. * Tighten needle clamp screw securely. * Loosen needle clamp screw and remove needle.
push presser foot screw (4) down. fitting shank over presser foot pin (3). * To replace presser foot with shank. * Loosen presser hot screw (1) and remove presser foot with shank (2). Instead. (L) Your machine comes with the General Purpose Presser Foot (B) already attached. * Raise needle to its highest position by turning hand wheel toward you. until it snaps off the shank (2).5. You can easily change to any one of the other presser feet which snap onto a common shank by following the directions below. * Don't turn screw. * Remove foot from machine. 11 . Changing screw-on presser feet (H) Some special presser feet with built-in shanks can be purchased at your SINGER dealer and can be replaced as follows: * Raise needle and presser foot. (J). * Lower presser foot lifter. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Changing snap-on presser feet (B). firmly until foot snaps into place. guiding it toward you and to the right. 6. * Push toe of presser foot (1) up. * Place new foot under center of shank. hook shank around the presser bar and tighten presser foot screw with the use of a coin. * Raise presser foot using presser foot lifter at back of machine. 8. (D).
* To replace needle plate. open slide plate and lift front edge of cover. until the tabs on the right lock into place. * Close slide plate. lift right edge (1) of extension table. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Changing the needle plate (A). pull it away. * Slide feed cover on top of needle plate. slide it to the left and off the machine. To change machine for free arm sewing. pressing tabs (1) and (2) into holes. * Lift up needle plate from right corner and slide out from under foot. To attach it. slide it under pin (1) and push it firmly to the left * Press down until it snaps into place. darning or sewing free-motion embroidery. 12 . The Straight Stitch Needle Plate (C) may be purchased at your sewing center and can be attached as follows: * Raise needle and presser foot. 8. To replace the extension table. Attaching the feed cover (F) The feed cover is used to keep the feed from moving the fabric when attaching a button. Removing the extension table Free arm sewing makes it easier to sew hard-to-reach areas. slide it to the right keeping it even with the free arm.5. * Open slide plate. * To remove. (C) Your machine comes with the General Purpose Needle Plate (A) attached. * Open slide plate. 6. follow the directions below: * Raise needle and presser foot.
6. blends. rayon. wool. The fabrics can be of any fiber cotton. 14/100. Fabrics LightWeight Batiste Chiffon Crepe Thread Cotton-wrapped Polyester 100% Polyester *Mercerized Size 50 Nylon Cotton-wrapped Polyester 100% Polyester *Mercerized Size 50 Nylon Cotton-wrapped Polyester 100% Polyester *Mercerized Size 40 *"Heavy Duty" Cotton-wrapped Polyester Polyester Nylon Type NEEDLES Size 2020 11/80 Corduroy Flannel Gabardine MediumGingham Weight Linen Muslin Wool Crepe Bonded Wovens Canvas Medium. linen. 8.5. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Fabric.Coating Heavy Denim Duck Sailcloth Knits Bonded Knits Double Knit Jersey Tricot 2020 14/90 2020 2020 16/100 18/110 Ball-Point 2045 Size 11/80. Be sure to use the same size and type of thread in both needle and bobbin. 16/110 *Not recommended on stretch fabrics 13 . thread and needle table The needle and thread you choose will depend upon the fabric being sewn. The table below is a practical guide to needle and thread selection. synthetic. Always refer to it before beginning a sewing project. they are listed as examples of weight. silk.
thread tangling. * Place spool of thread on spool pin. * Wind thread clockwise around front of bobbin winder tension disc (4). step on speed controller to run machine until desired amount of thread is wound. 6. * Pass thread end. 8.5. * Push in indent (1) on hand wheel disc. * Return hand wheel disc to sewing position by pressing on side opposite indent. through small hole in rim of bobbin. from inside. Always wind the bobbin before threading the machine and needle. push bobbin to the left and remove it from spindle. * Place bobbin on spindle and push it to the right * Holding thread end. 14 . (Winding stops automatically once bobbin is full.) * Slide spool cap (2) firmly over rim of spool to prevent * Cut thread. This will stop the needle from moving. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Winding a bobbin Winding a bobbin is quick and easy when you follow the directions below. * Trim thread end from top of bobbin. * Lead thread from spool and snap into thread guide post (3).
While holding thread on outside. * Open slide plate and remove empty bobbin. guide thread into notch (1) and then down the slot to the left and guide around into notch (2). Pull 4" (10cm) of thread from replacement bobbin and insert bobbin into case. close the slide plate. Draw several inches of thread diagonally across the bobbin toward the back of the machine. 8. Holding bobbin in place. 1. 4. 2. 6. allowing thread to extend through the slot between the slide plate and needle plate. 3. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Inserting a bobbin To insert a bobbin. follow the instructions below: * Raise presser foot * Turn hand wheel toward you until needle is in its highest position.5. * Follow directions for "Raising Bobbin Thread" 15 . as shown.
lifting the spring and allowing the thread to slip into thread guard. * Thread the tension discs by leading the thread down and around the tension (5). * Slide spool cap (2) firmly over rim of spool to prevent * Pass thread through guides (7) and (8). 8. Hold the spool lightly and pull the thread up. 6. * Slip thread into take-up lever as illustrated (6). follow the steps below: * Raise take-up lever (6) to highest position by turning hand wheel toward you. pulling 4" (10 cm) of thread through eye. * Place spool of thread on spool pin (1). thread tangling. * Lead thread from spool and snap into thread guide (3) 16 . * Thread needle from front to back. and with only one hand pass the thread under the guide and through the slot. as illustrated (4).5. * Raise presser foot to release thread tension. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Threading the machine To thread your machine correctly.
8. 3. the bobbin thread must be brought up through the hole in the needle plate. 6. 1. Continue to do this until needle rises above needle plate. * Pull gently on needle thread and bring up bobbin thread in a loop. 2. Open loop with fingers to find end of bobbin thread. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Raising the bobbin thread Once the needle has been threaded and the bobbin placed in the bobbin case. lowering needle into hole in plate. * Turn hand wheel slowly toward you. Hold needle thread loosely with left hand. 17 . Draw needle thread through left side opening in presser foot * Pull both threads to back of machine. 4.5.
* For reverse stitching.5. Shorter stitches are best for lightweight fabrics. To adjust the length of your stitches. The lower the number. the shorter the stitch. 6. Needle position selector Needle Position Selector positions the needle in left ( ) center ( ) or right ( ) needle positions. turn dial toward a lower number. 18 . turn the dial so that desired stitch length is positioned under ( * ) symbol. longer ones for heavy fabrics. 8. is located in the center of the stitch length selector. The machine will stitch in reverse only as long as you keep the button pushed in. * To lengthen stitch length. * To shorten stitch length. Reverse stitch button The reverse stitch button with the (???) symbol. push in the button and hold in place. turn dial toward a higher number. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines 3 Straight stitching Stitch width selector Before you move the selectors to set your machine for straight stitching. Stitch length selector The stitch length indicator is numbered O to 5. turn the hand wheel toward you until needle is at its highest point. stitch width lever must be set at only. Straight stitching can be performed with pattern selector in any position.
5. Make a test sample with the fabric and thread you plan to use and examine it. well balanced stitch (1). turn the dial to a higher number. A perfect. will have the needle and bobbin threads locked between the two layers of fabric with no loops on top or bottom and no puckering. is produced. * To decrease tension. a smooth even stitch. 6. * To increase tension. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Adjusting thread tension When an even amount of tension is exerted on both threads. known as a balanced stitch. Too much tension will produce a tight stitch (2) which will cause the fabric to pucker. 19 . Too little tension will produce a loose stitch (3) which will cause loops in your seam. 8. Correct tension is important because too much or too little will weaken your seams or cause your fabric to pucker. turn the dial to a lower number.
The most commonly used line (1). * To hand baste. pull them out as you stitch. Basting Pin basting and hand basting are easy ways to make temporary seams before machine sewing. 20 .5. where it locks in place. is extended onto the slide plate. raise the lifter to the high rise position (3). * Lower presser foot lifter all the way down and you are ready to sew. insert pins at stitching line. Keeping seams straight To keep seams straight. use one of the guidelines on the needle plate. Do not sew over pins. When using bulky fabric. multiple fabric layers or an embroidery hoop.6 cm) seam allowance. NEVER place pins on the underside of fabric in contact with the feed. 6. make long stitches that can be easily removed. thus increasing the space between the foot and the needle plate. the 5/8 inch (1. * To pin baste. Placing fabric under foot Most fabrics can be placed under the foot by raising the presser foot lifter (1) to its normal "Up" position (2). 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Sewing a seam You can sew seams easily and accurately when you follow the suggestions below. 8.
stretch lace. Raise needle and presser foot and remove fabric by drawing it to the back and left. * For elastisized fabric. Cut thread on thread cutter on presser bar. 8. and knits with an unusual amount of elasticity. Sewing in reverse To neaten the end of a seam. Do not pull fabric. however. push in the reverse button and backstitch 3-4 stitches. * For tricot. Hold button in until stitching reaches edge of fabric. Align the right edge with one of the seam guidelines on the throat plate. 21 . Some fabrics. Guiding and supporting fabric Most fabrics need only to be guided in front of the presser foot. and other similar synthetic knits. apply gentle tension by holding the fabric at the front and back of presser foot as you sew. Release push button for forward stitching. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Starting a seam Place fabric under presser foot 1/2 inch (12 mm) from rear of fabric. 6. require support while being stitched.5. Lower the presser foot Backstitch to the edge of the fabric for reinforcement by pushing in the reverse button located in center of the stitch length dial. hold the fabric firmly in front and back of the presser foot to stretch the seam as the stitches are being placed.
22 . an embroidery hoop and a special darning and embroidery foot.5. * If the area to be darned is open. When greater control is needed. which may be purchased at your SINGER dealer should be used. * Continue this forward and backward motion as you till the area in with parallel lines of stitching. baste a backing on the underside. under presser foot: lower the foot and begin stitching. Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Straight Stitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 2-5 Foot: General Purpose (B) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) Attach feed cover plate (F). * Place area to be darned. 8. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Darning Worn or torn spots on children's clothes and household linens can be darned effortlessly and quickly with lime practice. 6. right side up. alternately drawing the fabric toward you and pulling it gently away from you.
A padding is used to produce a soft.5. * Place fabrics under needle and carefully begin to stitch along your marked pattern on the fabric. Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Straight Stitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 2-5 Foot: General Purpose (B) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) * Mark the design or quilting lines with a tailors chalk or a washable marker on the right side of garment. or padding. * Baste together to prevent the layers from moving. over the underside of garment and cover it with a backing or lining fabric. work from the center of the fabric to the outside edge and guide fabric with both hands. * It you are quilting a very large piece. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Quilting Quilting is the art of stitching two or more thicknesses of fabric together in a planned design. puffed effect. 23 . 8. * Place a wadding. 6.
across to the right. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Inserting a zipper We recommend using the Zipper Foot to form an even line of stitching close to the zipper. to ensure that it clears the foot. (1) across to the left. to ensure that it clears the foot. (See changing snap-on presser feet). (See changing snap-on presser feet). 8. * Check the position of the foot by lowering the needle into the notch on the side of the foot. (1) which slides on the pin. * Snap-on the foot to the left side of the pin.5. 24 . Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Straight Stitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 2-5 Foot: Zipper (E) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) When the zipper teeth are to the left of the needle: * Slide the adjusting block. * Check the position of the foot by lowering the needle into the notch on the side of the foot. When the zipper teeth are to the right of the needle: * Slide the adjusting block. 6. * Snap on the foot to the right side of the pin.
8 and 10 stitches) Raise the needle to its highest position. the stitch width selector is moved from its straight position to any of its other positions.5. make sure needle is fully raised. the wider your stitch will be * Left ( ) and right ( ) settings are used for special stitch placement. make sure needle is fully raised. 8. 6. (This allows the pattern selector to be moved easily). Machine Pattern only for machine 1 to 7 with 6 stitches only for machine 1 to 9 with 8 stitches only for machine 1 to 11 with 10 stitches Needle position selector Before moving selector. Stitch width selector Before moving selector. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines 4 Zigzag stitching Stitch pattern selector (only for machines with 5. The further you move the selector lever toward the right. * To produce any of the zig-zag stitches. 25 . 6. * Slide the pattern selector to the center of the desired pattern group. * Set the stitch width selector to the straight position . * Most of your zig-zag stitching will be done with the needle in the center ( ) position.
the more open. or further apart your stitches will be. Loosen tension by turning dial to a lower number. The correct tension setting will produce a smooth even stitch (1). Needle thread tension The needle-thread tension dial regulates the amount of tension on the needle thread and lets you select just the right setting for your fabric and thread. The area between O and 1 on the dial is used for satin stitching a series of closely spaced plain zig-zag stitches that form a smooth satin-like surface. Too much tension will produce a tight stitch (2). 26 . 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Adjusting stitch length Any stitch length setting from 1 to 5 will give you an open zig-zag stitch. causing loops in your pattern. 8. The higher the number. Too little tension will produce a loose stitch (3). 6. causing fabric to pucker.5. Tighten tension by turning dial to a higher number.
5. Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Zig-zag Stitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 2-5 Foot: General Purpose B) Needle Plate: General Purpose A) Seam finishing Use a zig-zag stitch to finish seam edges of fabrics that are likely to fray. * Sew seams as desired. 27 . as shown. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Zig-zag stitch The Zig-Zag Stitch can be used when sewing seams. 8. letting outer zig-zag fall over edge of fabric. * Stitch close to edge. 6. appliqueing. * Place edge of seam allowance under foot. trim and press open. monogramming or for decorative sewing.
10 Stitch Sewing Machines Satin stitching Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Zig-zag Stitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 0-2 Foot: Special Purpose (J) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) Satin stitching is a series of closely spaced zig-zag stitches. tie and trim.5. * Center tracing under needle. * Stitch entire outline. 6. leaving needle in fabric when turning. Satin stitch can be used for monograms. * Practice to get desired stitch appearance. embroidery and applique work to produce a smooth satin-like finish. * Pull threads to wrong side of fabric. Block monogramming * Lightly trace letters on right side of fabric. 8. 28 .
Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Blindstitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 Foot: Special for blindstitch Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) Prepare the hem by folding it and pressing it in the usual way. Do not sew over pins. It so. guide the hem edge in a straight line and feed the soft told evenly against the wall of the guide. be sure to place the basting at least 1/2 inch (12mm) below the top edge of the hem allowance. Pin or baste all three layers together in place. as shown. however. * Lower the presser foot and begin sewing making certain the straight stitches fail on the edge of the hem and the zig-zag stitches just pierce the soft told of the work. Adjust stitch width it necessary. creating a soft told from the top edge of hem. 6. * If layers of fabric are pinned together. With the wrong side of fabric uppermost. as shown. so make a test sample first. remove pins as you come to them. 8. 29 . turn the hem under. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Blindstitching Blindstitching provides a durable hem finish that can be used on a variety of different weight fabrics. While stitching. as shown.5. Position the hem under the presser foot with the soft fold resting against wall of the guide. You may want to baste the hem to hold it in place. Blindstitching takes a little practice.
Appropriate for stretch and knitted fabrics. * Position fabric so that the large zig-zag stitches tall on the stitching line. made with blindstitching is functional and decorative at the same time. Needle thread tension should be lighter than normal.5. 6. 8. Baste seam line. decoratively constructed seams and edge finishes for collars. allow 5/8 inch (16mm) seam allowance. * Cut and fit garment. Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Blindstitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 Foot: General Purpose (B) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) * Make a test sample to adjust thread tension and stitch length to suit your fabric. 30 . it provides stretchable. towards the center of the garment. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Ladder seams A ladder seam. pockets and necklines in sportwear and swimwear. * When stitching is completed. open the seam by pulling the fabric back on opposite sides of seam to produce a ladder effect and press seam allowances.
6. overcasting. under foot. * Place tear. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Multi-stitch zig-zag Mending. Recommended settings Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: l-2 Foot: Special Purpose (J) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) Mending a tear * Trim ragged edges of tear. * Trim away lining close to stitching. sew over tear again. 31 . 8. right side up.5. * If necessary. joining or reinforcing can all be done using the Multi-Stitch Zig-Zag. * Bring the edges of tear together and baste lining to wrong side of fabric. * Cut a lining for reinforcement.
* Place one end of belt loop. * Stitch a bar tack about 1/8" (3mm) from the fold. as shown. * Fold loose end of belt loop under and press it in place on finishing line. right side up. 8. Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Multi-Stitch Zig-Zag Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 1-2 Foot: Special Purpose (J) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) * Mark start and finish lines of belt loop on fabric. * Trim raw end close to stitching and fold belt loop over. * Stitch second bar tack about 118" (3mm) from the fold. 6. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Bar tacks Strong multi-stitch bar tacks are effective for tacking belt loops on heavy fabrics such as denim. on beginning mark on fabric and straight stitch in place.5. wrong side up. 32 .
Place elastic over the fabric and pin the two together at these points keeping top edges even. * Anchor the elastic to the fabric with a few stitches. 33 . 8. * Divide elastic and garment into equal quarters. Elastic insertion Recommended Settings Stitch Selection: "M" Stitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 1-2 Foot: Special Purpose (J) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) * Fit elastic for snugness and allow 1 inch (25mm) for joining. using both hands to-hold elastic tight in front and back of presser foot. Lap the two ends and stitch. Now stretch elastic between the pins as you sew. 6.5. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines "M" Stitch This stitch can be used for stretch seams and decorative stitching.
5. * Place the work under the presser foot so that the stitches fall over the lace edges. 34 . * After both sides of lace are sewn. as shown. turn fabric over to the back side and cut the fabric on both sides close to the stitching lines and remove. Recommended Settings Stitch Selection "M" Stitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 1/2-2 Foot: Special Purpose (J) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) * Cut lace to desired size. * Position lace on right side of fabric and pin in place. but before it is sewn together. 6. 10 Stitch Sewing Machines Lace insertion Lace is inserted after fabric is cut. 8.
6. * Place fabric under foot. * Position needle in fabric at point (2) by turning the hand wheel towards you. * Stitch down to point 3. * Be sure bobbin contains enough thread. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine 5 Four-step buttonhole (only for machines with 5. * Always make a practice buttonhole on a sample of your fabric. * You never need to move the fabric or reposition the needle. 35 . * Center 3 red guidelines (1) of foot around beginning line of buttonhole. 8 and 10 stitches) Your machine makes buttonholes to any size you choose in only four. 6.5. 8. * Turn buttonhole dial to the buttonhole symbol (A) for the first step. * When making buttonholes on hard-to-reach areas convert machine bed to free arm sewing. easy steps. Recommended settings Stitch Selection Stitch Width: Foot: Needle Plate: Buttonhole Stitch Pre-set Buttonhole (L) General Purpose (A) Step A * Raise presser foot. * Mark buttonhole position on fabric as indicated in pattern.
* Turn buttonhole dial to the buttonhole symbol (D) for the fourth step. 8. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Step B * Raise needle out of fabric. Step C * Raise needle out of fabric. * Raise presser foot and remove garment from machine. ending at point (6). sharp scissors. * Make at least four stitches.5. * Turn buttonhole dial to the buttonhole symbol (B) for the second step. 36 . * Carefully cut buttonhole opening with a seam ripper or small. Step D * Raise needle out of fabric. * Make at least four stitches. ending at point (4). Clip thread ends. 6. * Turn buttonhole to the buttonhole symbol (C) for the third step. * Stitch up to point (5).
6.5. A very slight turn of the dial will produce a noticeable change. This is easily adjusted by turning the balance knob (1) in the center of the stitch length dial to balance the density of the stitching. return the balance dial back to its neutral position after all the buttonholes on the garment have been sewn. turn the balance slightly to the left. 37 . * If the stitches on the left side of the buttonhole (11) are too open. 8. turn the balance dial slightly to the right. until the density of the stitches increases. there may be a difference in the density of the stitches on the right or the left side of the buttonhole. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Balancing the buttonhole On some kinds of fabrics. * If the stitches on the right side of the buttonhole (1) are too open. After the buttonhole has been made and the balance has been altered. until the density of the stitches increases.
Buttons * Sewing buttons on a cuff or neckband is easy win free-arm sewing. as well as to those sewn at home. 8. 38 . when sewing tubular and hard to reach garment areas. Sleeves * Free-arm sewing takes the difficulty out of topstitching.5. and you can also see and handle the stitching area more easily. 6. is simplified and made easier when you use the free-arm sewing capability of your sewing machine. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine 6 Free-arm sewing Fabric handling. allowing you to place your stitching accurately. Bar tacks * Bar tacks reinforce areas of strain and can be applied to ready-made garments. sleeves. finishing waistbands and trouser legs rotate smoothly under the needle. pleats and waistlines. around the arm. Use the free-arm surface to avoid fabric bulk around the needle when you apply bar tacks to pockets. The sewing arm allows room for cuffs to slip onto without being stretched out of shape.
10 Stitch Sewing Machine 7 Twin needle sewing Twin needle sewing produces two parallel lines of closely-spaced decorative stitching. You can sew with either one or two thread colors. Purpose (B) 39 .5. Your machine is not supplied with the twin needle or spool pin. These may be obtained from your local Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Overedged Seams Needle Position: Stitch Width: Stitch Length: 2-5 Foot: General. 6. 8.
* Thread the machine as you normally would for single needle stitching. * Pass the thread through the remaining points. * Insert the twin needle with the flat side of the shank toward the rear of the machine.5. making certain to omit the thread guide just above the needle and pass thread through right eye of needle. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine * Turn the machine off. * Thread the machine in the usual way. 6. and pass the thread through the left eye of the twin needle. 8. as illustrated. * Draw both threads under the foot and back along with the bobbin thread * Slowly lower the needle into the hole in the needle plate by turning the hand wheel toward you to make sure the needle clears the plate. * Insert a second spool pin into the hole on the top cover of the machine. Caution: Make sure not to use a stitch width greater than that what is recommended when twin needle stitching 40 .
remove plug from the socket outlet. * Lifting the left side of the bobbin case. locking bobbin case in place. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine 8 Caring for your machine Removing and replacing bobbin case Caution: Before cleaning or adjusting the machine. * Draw rim of bobbin case under position plate (4). To replace bobbin case * Guide forked end (2) of bobbin case under feed (3). slide it out from machine. * Turn bobbin case holder (1 ) forward as tar as it will go. Note: Turn handwheel towards you to check to make sure it is properly replaced. remove bobbin and remove needle plate. 41 . * Open slide plate. Be sure bobbin case is freely seated on hook race. 6. * Insert bobbin and close slide plate. * Raise presser foot and needle. 8. * Replace needle plate. turn bobbin case holder (1) to the rear as far as it will go.5. To remove bobbin case * With a small screwdriver.
* Pull bulb down and out of socket. Push bottom of face plate up and back until it is aligned with top cover. make sure you have removed plug from socket outlet and remove face plate which covers the light bulb. * Push bulb up into socket and turn in the direction of arrows to unlock bulb pin.5. 8. * Do not attempt to unscrew light bulb. * Push new bulb up into socket and turn in the direction of arrows until pins lock into position. * Loosen and remove screw (1) located on face plate. 42 . This machine is designed to use a 15-watt maximum light bulb with a bayonet fitting. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Changing the light bulb Caution: Before changing light bulb. then down and away from machine. * Insert screw and tighten. 6. replace the face plate by guiding front top corner under and behind lowest front corner of top cover. * Remove face plate by grasping it around the bottom edge and pulling toward the left. * Making sure the presser foot litter is up. Be sure to replace the face plate which covers the light bulb beforeoperating the machine.
with a damp. 8. 6. Remove lint and fluff from exposed parts and. To ensure this reliability. with a lint brush clean these parts: * Take-up lever and thread guides. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Cleaning the machine Your machine is designed to give you many years of dependable service. Your machine should be periodically checked by your local SINGER stockist for wear. * Bobbin case and needle plate areas. take a few minutes to keep the machine clean. soft cloth and a mild soap.5. * Presser and needle bars. 43 . The machine surfaces and covers can be cleaned when necessary.
6. The following general guidelines assume that you will be sewing several times a week. 8. turn the handwheel slowly. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Lubricating the machine How often you need to lubricate the machine depends on how often you use it and where you keep it. To determine which connectors move and need lubrication. lubricate all moving connections as shown. apply only SINGER* oil at the points shown. When lubricating. to ensure freedom of movement and to protect metal parts from excessive wear. Approximately once a year. But it you use your machine more frequently.5. by hand. while face plate is removed. lubricate it more often than the guidelines suggest. SlNGER*oil is specially prepared and does not contain harmful deposits that can interfere with the smooth action of precision parts. 44 .
45 . Straight stitch presser foot (D) and needle plate (C) are used together when straight stitching lightweight fabrics or when your fabric or sewing procedure requires close control. 4.5. 3. 2. Lint brush is used for cleaning hard to reach areas on your sewing machine. 8. Button sewing foot (H) is used to hold any twohole or four-hole button securely for stitching. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Additional accessories Additional Accessories for your sewing machine are available for purchase at your SINGER dealer. 6. Oil container for machine lubrication. 1.
Remove work.5. the needle should enter into the right hole of the button Take six or more zig-zag stitches to attach button and finish with the needle on the left side. draw threads to underside. Lower the foot. fasten. Turn hand wheel toward you until needle rises out of button and is above the foot. Recommended settings Stitch Selection: Zig-Zag Stitch Needle Position: Stitch Width: Foot: Button Sewing (H) Needle Plate: General Purpose (A) Attach Feed Cover (F) Before you can attach a button. 6. 1. and trim. 46 . 2. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Attaching a button Flat buttons can be sewn on quickly and easily using the plain zig-zag stitch. the bobbin thread must be brought up through the hole in the feed cover. To fasten stitching. may be purchased at your sewing center. Set stitch width at (???) and needle position selector at (??) Position button under foot and lower the needle into the center of the left hole. 8. 3. A special button sewing foot (H). adjust width to (???) and take three or four stitches. Move stitch width selector until needle is over the other hole in the button Then. when you begin to stitch.
look back through this manual to make sure you are correctly the instructions. Is machine properly threaded? Is thread freely unwinding from spool? Is proper spool cap being used? Is needle correct size for thread? Is upper thread tension too tight? Is bobbin case properly inserted? Is bobbin rim free of nicks? Needle Does Not Move Is machine connected to electrical supply? Is the power and light switch on? Is controller connected? Is the handwheel engaged for bobbin winding? Needle Moves But Stitch Is Not Formed Is needle defective? Is needle fully inserted into needle clamp? Are bobbin and needle correctly threaded? Is bobbin correctly inserted into bobbin case? Lower Thread Breaks Is bobbin correctly wound? Is bobbin correctly inserted into bobbin case? Is bobbin case correctly threaded? Is thread hanging up on the slit on the thread spool? Needle Breaks Is needle straight and sharp? Is needle correct size? Is needle fully inserted into needle clamp? Are controls properly set? Are accessories correct for application? Skipped Stitches Is machine properly threaded? Is fabric firmly held down? Is needle correct style and size? Is needle straight and sharp? Bobbin Winding Difficulties Is thread unwinding freely from spool? Is bobbin winder engaged? Fabric Does Not Move Properly Under Presser Foot Is presser foot correctly attached to machine? Is thread end securely held at start of wind? Is presser foot lowered? Is thread hanging up on the slit on the thread spool? Is stitch length correctly set? 47 . If you still have a problem. 10 Stitch Sewing Machine Performance checklist Upper Thread Breaks When sewing difficulties occur. the reminders below may help you to correct it.5. 6. 8.
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