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How to Fix / Repair the Hook Timing on a Sewing Machine

This video demonstrates how to fix / adjust / repair the timing of the hook on a sewing machine. If the thread from your needle isn't getting caught by the hook that rotates around, this video explains what to adjust to fix that. Requires some very basic tools and takes 15-30 minutes - maybe less.

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Comment by karen on July 2, 2014 at 11:26pm

great video -  we don't know the tech. terms either.  Good Job!

Comment by Suzi on July 2, 2014 at 3:52pm

What an awesome tip! I have a few old machines that I had given up on because I assumed the problem was with the bottom thread tension, which I could not find a way to adjust. Now I have to go dig out those machines to check the timing!!!   Thank you : )

Comment by Liz on September 4, 2013 at 10:55pm

My goodness!  That is a fantastic tip.  I am very glad you have done this video and I sure hope you will do some more... I am not afraid to attempt these things and save myself a bit of money as I go, but unless someone shows me how to do it, I won't begin to try.  Thank you for taking your time to show us all how.

Comment by Mary Hackett on September 4, 2013 at 3:46pm

Thank you so much.  I don't have this problem now, but if ever I know I can come to you for help.  You are kind to share what you learned with us.

Comment by Gail Grange on September 3, 2013 at 3:52am

Thank you very much. The cost for me is £45  which i'm sure is about the same in dollars. Keep up the good work. 


Comment by Susanne Gruening on September 3, 2013 at 1:58am
Thank you so much for that film, I learned a lot. Perhaps I receive to fix my own old machine with the same problem.
Comment by Melanie Wayman on September 2, 2013 at 10:34pm

Thank you very much; this will save alot of us $100. + for repairing our machines.  I've had to just replace the hook

before in my other machines.  Cause they wear out.  Seldom ever had to take one in for the timing.  This helps if ever needed.

Would love to send my man to sewing machine school, to learn to work on them, instead of sending them into a shop, to be gone forever; and sometimes the mechanic ruins them, and forces you into having to buy a new machine.  I believe most machines can be fixed, instead of traded in for a new one.  If the computer goes out, now it might be worth trading for a new one, as the computer or the electric eye can be quite costly.  Ask me how I know.

Thanks again,


Comment by Kimberly Davis on September 2, 2013 at 10:02pm

WONDERFUL!!! you just helped my husband save me $90.  very considerate of you to share!!!!! thanks again.

Kimberly & Andrew Davis


Comment by Carol Fryer on September 2, 2013 at 9:55pm

I know on an industrial machine theres a slot on the side of the basket , and you slip a screw driver into the groove and hold while turning the needle backwards. It pops into place and fixes the timing. Never had a home machine go out though. Thanks.

Comment by Susan on September 2, 2013 at 7:13pm

@Jane that sounds like a tension problem.  Do a search here at SWN for "tension" and you will find several videos to help fix that.

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