Why is my Singer sewing machine not picking up the bobbin thread?

First, make sure the bobbin-winding spindle (located on top of your machine) has been pushed back to the left for sewing. If it is not in the correct position, the needle will not go down and pick-up your bobbin thread. If the timing is out, the needle thread is not meeting the bobbin thread in time to form a stitch.

When was the Singer model 237 made?

This is one of the last all metal Singers, being made in Italy from 1967 to 1971 (this one is 1971 production). It was sold as a mid priced or budget alternative to the more expensive models, but out of the box it already has straight stitch, zig-zag, and the feed dogs can be dropped for free hand sewing if wanted.

Is Singer 237 a good machine?

If you’re looking for a good all purpose budget vintage sewing machine this model should be near the top of your list. There’s loads of them out there going for less than any one of the sexier Singers like the 15 series, 99K, or the 301/401/503 series.

What kind of belt drive does singer 237 have?

The 237 has a belt drive, and a vertical oscillating hook. It is pretty basic, with just a few features: Between the oscillating hook and the belt drive, I didn’t expect this to be a particularly fast or smooth running machine. It was a “bargain basement” model, I think it sold for only $88 brand new.

Where did I get singer 237 fashion mate?

Singer 237 Fashion Mate, What a Surprise! I picked this up in a thrift store for $24, including the cabinet. I had some fixing up to do on it, since it was dusty, creaky, and barely sewed. The swing needle mechanism was seized up and none of the levers would even move.

Can a singer 237 straight leg treadle be treadled?

Another nice thing about the Singer 237 is that it can be treadled. My MIL had one given to her, so I serviced it, put a 9-spoke hand wheel and stop motion knob from a junk Singer 15-88 on it (repainted to match), and put it into a 1940s Singer straight-leg treadle for her.

What was the price of a singer 237 in 1970?

Nice review! But if the Singer 237 was $88 in 1970 I don’t think it was a bargain basement model. Just did a search – in 1970 $100 was equivalent to $647.18 in 2018 purchasing power. The average salary was $491 a month, so it cost about 1/5th a month’s salary, more than a fifth for lower income earners.