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Sewing machines are surprisingly delicate pieces of machinery.  When the bobbin or needle gets pulled out of timing with the rest of the tool, the machine is useless and becomes a danger when the needle breaks.

In this Instructable I will show you how to adjust the bobbin timing on your machine.  For my example I will be using the Handi-Quilter at TechShop San Jose.

You will need:
A pair of thread nippers
A screw driver
A metric hex key set (if your machine happens to use it.  It might be all screws)

Step 1: Take it apart

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First, remove the needle plate and run the wheel by hand to see where the needle is hitting.  This can give you a good idea of which direction you need to rotate the shuttle hook and shuttle race.
chellboy25 months ago

Thank you. You rock. Helped with myBrother XR7700

Basillex1 year ago
A great instructable! It helped me with the timing of my Adler 69, especially your note regarding the "prong coming out of the machine" which should hold the inside of the shuttle stay stationary. On my machine, the prong is on a removable part, which I took off during the attempted "repair". Then, naturally I got left wondering how to keep the inside stationary. Your 'ible helped me notice the prong and recognize its function, and all was well from then on.

There are plenty of advice and tutorials on the net about timing the hook, and I even have the manufacturer's service manual. But in all of them, I have failed to find this crucial little note on the existance and the function of the prong. Perhaps it might be obvious to somebody else.

Anyways. It is such small details that make great 'ibles. And this one will save me time and money in the future, as I believe I will no longer need to rely on a professional shop to set the timing of my machine! Thank you! :)