Q&A: How do you raise the bobbin thread on a singer simple sewing machine?

How do you raise the bobbin thread on a singer simple sewing machine?
I’ve read the instructions and watched ‘How to’ videos online on how to raise it and it wont work. When i try to pull up the thread gently it gets tight and it wont come up in a loose knot like it should. What am I doing wrong? and if i cant get it to work, could i just make the knot by hand and put it on the bobbin myself?

Suggestion by kay
Sounds like you’ve got the bobbin thread trapped when you put the bobbin case in — that’s the only thing I can think of that would make the bobbin thread pull hard. There is no knot involved in getting the bobbin thread up, just the needle thread twisting around the bobbin thread.

Try something for me… take the bobbin case out and hold on to the thread end. Tick-tock the case back and forth while holding the thread end. You should get a little thread paying out of the case with each tick-tock. If none comes out, make sure you’ve got the thread pulled completely under the bobbin case tension (you’ll feel sort of a click as it slides completely through), and then try to raise the thread again.

Here’s the basic procedure, though I’m illustrating it on a drop in bobbin machine: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/22801244 starting with “thread the top of the machine”.

Suggestion by pattiann42
Go back to the manual and apply as you read. You will find that the needle and take-up lever have to be at their highest positions before inserting the bobbin into the bobbin case.

Make sure the bobbin thread is feeding to the right from the bobbin spool and through the tension guide on the side of the bobbin case.

The bobbin case has an arm/finger/wing sticking out from the round configuration of the case. This has to snap into the notch in the race ring. Lift the lever on the back of the bobbin case to better hold it as you insert the bobbin case into the shuttle/race ring.

There is a good picture of the race ring in the maintenance section of the manual where you can better see the notch. Here is a graphic – http://www.singerco.com/sewing-resources/bobbin-insert-front-load

If the bobbin case does not snap in place it will flop around and the thread will jam and not feed to form a stitch with the top thread.

No knotting by hand. Manual intervention will not work if the bobbin thread is not feeding correctly.

That “tick-tock” business is for checking bobbin tension. Place the bobbin into the bobbin case then suspend the bobbin case over the palm of your hand by holding onto the end of the bobbin thread with your other hand. The thread should have a slight tension. If it drops like a yo-yo the tension is too loose. If you have to pull hard to get the thread to feed from the bobbin spool, then the tension is too thigh. Adjust minimally (screw on side of bobbin case) over a towel so the screw is not lost. Move the screw in small increments. To the right is tight and to the left is loose.

Make sure the thread is feeding in the correct direction and the machine is making stitches before you make any adjustment to the bobbin tension..

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How do I vary up my writing?
So I’m currently writing a novel. And as I noticed while reading it over after editing several times, I use the same phrases over and over again, and same adjectives. For instance I find I’m always saying “gaze” and “glance” describing what the characters are looking at.

So can anybody give me some good tips? Thanks so much!
Yeah I always use a thesaurus but I find I’m always looking up the same exact words in there.

Suggestion by Alexandria
Use a thesaurus?

Suggestion by Jezebel
1. Use a thesaurus
2. Walk around. (Experience different things to get better/ more ideas flowing)
3. Let the words flow… THEN fix the problems.

Suggestion by Cogito
Just as a little tip – you vary writing, not vary it up.
Most people use a thesaurus. You can buy one anywhere.
Or if you’re using Microsoft Word, right click on any word to get a synonym. But always check the word if you’re not quite sure of its meaning or implications.
And don’t be afraid to use ordinary, everyday words. Don’t try to be too clever. For example, there’s nothing wrong with the word ‘look’.

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6 Responses to Q&A: How do you raise the bobbin thread on a singer simple sewing machine?

  1. Gemi August 6, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Yes, I can understand this. Here’s where you make a list of adverbs and adjectives and acquaint yourself with new words. You can find extensive lists online and just print them out if you like. The idea, though, is to extend your vocabulary so that when you’re writing, you’ll realize that a particular glance in once scene isn’t quite the same as the next. And then you’ll decide instead of her “meeting his gaze” or “catching his glance,” she’s really “shifting her gaze” or “averting his eyes” or “following his gaze” or some such thing. Each of these provokes a different scene.

    So, use your thesaurus and build up a list of adverbs/adjectives and learn them.

    Secondly, find different ways of saying the same thing. You might have already used “shifty glances” to suggest that the heroine is nervous. Instead, focus on different body language. Maybe she clenches her fists before wiping her palms on her pants. Maybe she shuffles and fidgets in place or rocks foot to foot. Maybe she bites her lip or clears her throat or swallows profusely. Etc. Don’t limit yourself to the eyes or to sight alone. Body language is a complex and extremely intricate web of different movements.

    Good luck.

  2. Neville Longbottom August 6, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Well what I usually do it keep the words I just used to describe something in my mind so I avoid using it too soon later. Keep up a tab of thesaurus.com while you write and whenever you feel like you need a different word to use, just type it in and find a good word to replace the other one with. Or use a real thesaurus if you’re not on the computer.

  3. Star Wars Fangirl August 6, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Maybe to describe looking at something you could say “His/her emerald/hazel/(color) eyes swept across the (whatever they’re looking at).” Or maybe they just “stared” at something, or viewed it, or glanced at, scanned, watched, surveyed, scrutinized, regarded, inspected, observed, examined, peered at, or studied it. I got all those from my trusty thesaurus, and if you don’t have one in book form that’s almost better, because the internet has countless free thesauruses. If you find yourself using the same adjectives again and again, the thesaurus is your friend.

  4. Jo Spumoni August 6, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    The problem may just be that your characters are doing the same things over and over again. They keep glancing at x or gazing at y. But maybe it’s time to let some of those go. Instead of “Joe gazed at Helen and wondered if she understood,” make Joe actually do something: “Joe balled his hand into a fist and looked at the ground. Did Helen even understand him?” With adjectives, experiment by cutting them. Does the sentence work without them? Can we infer based on your information that Helen is “beautiful” without you coming out and saying it directly? If you describe properly, adjectives like “beautiful” are often unnecessary because you’ll be busy describing how Helen’s blue eyes flashed like crystal or how her lips gleamed like wine in the lamplight. Challenge yourself.

  5. cathrl69 August 6, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    If it’s your POV character, you don’t need those verbs at all. They’re filtering verbs, distancing us from being in your character’s head.

    Don’t describe that she’s gazing at something. Tell us what she sees and what she thinks and feels about it.

  6. Elle M August 6, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    See if you can say it differently. Rather than just saying that they are gazing or glancing or looking over at something, say what they saw and describe it. Usually, there’s nothing wrong with repeating a word over – a good rule of thumb is to only use a word once within a few paragraphs. But in a novel, you’re going to have to repeat some words – it’s a novel. There’s too many words in a novel not to repeat.

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