Troubleshooting Your Spiegel 60609

Below is a list of common issues, causes and how to correct your problem along with a corresponding page number in the manual.  If you are still unable to get back to sewing, give our support center a call: 1-800-842-2878.

Performance Checklist
Problem Cause Correction
Upper Thread Breaks 1. The machine is not threaded correctly Un-thread and re-thread the machine, step-by-step (page 22)
2. The thread tension is not right Adjust thread tension to a 3 (page 29)
3. The thread is too thick for the needle Cross reference the needle size, type of thread and fabric with page 29 to ensure correct sizes are being used
4. The needle is not inserted correctly or is damaged Replace the needle, inserting it with the flat edge towards the back (page 27)
5. Spool of thread is not correctly installed Be sure the "notch" of the spool is towards to the back
Lower Thread Breaks 1. The bobbin case is not inserted correctly Remove and reinsert the bobbin case (page 25)
2. The bobbin case is threaded wrong Remove and re-thread the bobbin case step-by-step, ensuring thread loops around "pig tail" (page 25)
3. The lower thread tension is too tight Use small screwdriver to turn screw on bobbin case 1/8 turn counter-clockwise (page 29)
4. Lint accumulates in bobbin case "blow out" bobbin case, feed dog and needle area to be free of all lint
Skipped Stitches 1. Needle is incorrectly inserted, damaged or worn Replace the needle, inserting it with the flat edge towards the back (page 27)
2. The combination of needle size/thread size/fabric is incorrect Cross reference the needle size, type of thread and fabric with page 29 to ensure correct sizes are being used
3. Lint has accumulated "blow out" bobbin case, feed dog and needle area to be free of all lint
4. Threading is incorrect Un-thread and re-thread the machine, step-by-step (page 22)
5. The presser foot is not attached correctly unattach and  re-attach the presser foot to be sure it's on correctly (page 28)
6. The presser foot pressure is not strong enough Adjust the presser foot pressure to about 2.5 (page 29)
7. Thread is caught by the needle Un-thread and re-thread the machine, step-by-step (page 22)
Needle Breaks 1. Needle is incorrectly inserted, damaged or worn Replace the needle, inserting it with the flat edge towards the back (page 27)
2. The combination of needle size/thread size/fabric is incorrect Cross reference the needle size, type of thread and fabric with page 29 to ensure correct sizes are being used
3. Fabric has been pulled excessively let the feed dogs move the fabric through and not to pull on the fabric 
4. The wrong foot is attached Ensure you are using correct presser foot for what they are sewing (page 16)
5. The needle clamp screw is loose Make sure, using small screwdriver, the needle clamp is tight
6. The upper thread tension is too tight Adjust thread tension to a 3 (page 29)
Loose Stitches 1. The machine is not threaded correctly Un-thread and re-thread the machine, step-by-step (page 22)
2. The bobbin case is threaded wrong Remove and re-thread the bobbin case step-by-step with the user, ensuring thread loops around "pig tail" (page 25)
3. The combination of needle size/thread size/fabric is incorrect Cross reference the needle size, type of thread and fabric with page 29 to ensure correct sizes are being used
4. Thread tension is wrong Adjust thread tension to a 3 (page 29)
5. Fabric has been pulled excessively let the feed dogs move the fabric through and not to pull on the fabric 
6. Bobbin has not been wound evenly re-wind a bobbin step-by-step (page 24)
Seam Gathers/Puckers 1. The needle is too thick for the fabric Cross reference the needle size, type of thread and fabric with page 29 to ensure correct sizes are being used
2. The stitch length is adjusted wrong For thinner fabrics, reduce stitch length. For thicker fabrics, lengthen stitch.
3. The thread tension is incorrect Adjust thread tension to a 3 (page 29)
4. The machine is not threaded correctly Un-thread and re-thread the machine, step-by-step (page 22)
5. The presser foot tension is incorrect Adjust the presser foot pressure to about 2.5 (page 29)
6. Threads are not drawn under presser foot Draw both threads back under the presser foot about 6 inches and hold until a few stitches are made.
Patterns are distorted 1. The wrong presser foot is attached Ensure you are using correct presser foot for what they are sewing (page 16)
2. The upper thread tension is wrong Adjust thread tension to a 3 (page 29)
3. The stitch length is adjusted wrong For thinner fabrics, reduce stitch length. For thicker fabrics, lengthen stitch.
   
Fabric does not feed properly 1. The combination of needle size/thread size/ fabric is incorrect Cross reference the needle size, type of thread and fabric with page 29 to ensure correct sizes are being used
2. Needle is damaged or worn Replace the needle, inserting it with the flat edge towards the back (page 27)
3. Thread is tangled Un-thread and re-thread the machine, step-by-step (page 22)
4. Presser foot is not lowered Lower the presser foot
5. The stitch length is adjusted wrong For thinner fabrics, reduce stitch length. For thicker fabrics, lengthen stitch.
6. Feed dogs are lowered Raise the feed dogs 
Machine is noisy 1. Lint is clinging to the machine "blow out" bobbin case, feed dog and needle area to be free of all lint
2. The needle is damaged Replace the needle, inserting it with the flat edge towards the back (page 27)
3. The machine needs to be oiled Place oil, sparingly, where the gears of the machine are located
The machine does not start or sew 1. The power supply plug is removed from the outlet Ensure machine is plugged into a power source correctly
2. The machine is not turned on Ensure machine is switched to the on position
3. The start/stop button was not pressed Press the start/stop button
4. The start/stop button was pressed and the foot control is plugged in The start/stop button will not work when the foot control pedal is plugged in. Unplug the foot control pedal.
5. The bobbin winder spindle is engaged Slide the bobbin wider spindle to the left
6. Button hole lever is not raised Raise the button hole lever
7. Button hole lever is not lowered and you are trying to sew a button hole lower the button hole lever

                     

 

   

                   

Winding a new bobbin:

                         

Changing your needle:

                                            

Threading your bobbin:

                                                     

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