How to Replace Sewing Machine Gears

Dec 5, 10SPO TV53 Comments

In one of our first attempts at making Sewingpartsonline TV a reality we show you how to replace the gears in your older model sewing machine.

  • jeanne

    I specifically need instructions for Model 648 Touch & Sew Singer. My machine’s base is a one molded
    piece that doesn’t seem to come off. Any further information om how I can renew the gears in this specific machine.

    Actually your video was excellent except for the problem I had on my model C648

    • Sue

      This a great blog and a great tutorial! I have figured out a lot as a gal alone to work on my many machines, but tips like glopping on the grease… I was never sure how much to do, and now I know more is better! Or the little details like a magnetic screwdriver.. and such good tips. I have a suggestion I often forget to do, take a photo of what you are working on so you can get the parts back in order.. the wonder of cell phone photos. All the videos here are excellent and please please keep posting more. Sewing Parts is an excellent resource and I will be buying parts. Thank you Sue

      • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

        Thank you so much for reader our blog! Great tip on taking pictures!

  • joe logan

    i have 758 singer machine,the gears are bad in front under the bobbin,i have the gear out,I can not figer out how to get this out.ihave replace the other gears.

    thank Joe

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com Sarah

      Hi Joe! You have the front gear out? What part are you having trouble removing? I think the word you meant to type got deleted somehow.

  • Jennifer T

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. My machine is up and running again. Thanks again…

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com Sarah

      Our pleasure! Glad we could help!

  • lois howard

    brother xl 5340 and while i was sewing the needle clamp assembly dropped down and the thread guide came down with it and i cant how t attached it all together, help would be great. someone loaned this to me.

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com Sarah

      Hi Lois,
      Oh no! I’m sorry you had this happen. Can you send me some pictures of what happen? My email is Sarah@sewingpartsonline.com

  • http://sewingpartts.com George Campbell

    My wife has a singer 2210 machine.I am replacing the bobbin gears.I going to clean and oil all of the machine.Well I took the back cover off,a piece fell out of the cover when removed.The piece 2-3 inches long and has a curved end and looks like it rides on the bobbin winder.Can you please help me.
    Thanks George

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com Sarah

      Hi George! Let me take a look at our parts manual for that machine and see what I can figure out. I’ll let you know asap!

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com Sarah

      Hi George! Would you mind sending a picture of the piece to my email? I have the parts list in front of me to compare the piece to. Sarah@sewingpartsonline.com
      Thank you!

  • Francis S

    I received the feed drive gears I ordered, but cannot slide out the first rod with the small gear. A portion of the stitch control bar is blocking the way. Any suggestions on what to do? This is a Singer Model 756.

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com Sarah

      I am so sorry for missing your comment – I should hear back from our repair team shortly!

  • Francis S

    I purchased parts from your company . Why did you just delete my question without responding to it in any manner? Not very good customer service!!!!!

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com Sarah

      Hi Mr. Frank,
      I am so sorry I missed you comment! It wasn’t deleted – the comments don’t get posted unless I view them. I am so sorry. I am contacting our repair team to see what they suggest immediately. Once again, I apologize for the oversight.
      Thank you!
      Sarah

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com Sarah

      Hi Mr. Frank! I heard back from our repair team. They said it’s hard to tell without seeing it themselves. Do you have the service manual? If not, I can email it to you.

  • deb leverence

    I have a model 6268 and the gear that controls the feed dogs has disintegrated and now the feed dogs do not move. I removed the lower plate and found the gear in pieces. Is this something that a do-it-yourselfer can do or do I need to find a service tech that can work on a machine this old. Can you also tell me if this part is available still?

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com Sarah

      Hi Deb! You could definitely try repairing it yourself. If worse comes to worse, you can always take it to a repair shop. And you’ll already have the correct part to give them. What is the maker of your machine?

  • anna

    I have a singer touch and sew 750 just put all new gears in it, now it won’t feed the fabric thur, what could be the problem the feet that comes up from the bottom is smooth could that be the problem… thanks

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      Hi Anna! The feed dogs that pull the fabric through should definitely not be smooth. They should look like metal teeth. Are you sure you didn’t lower the feed dogs?

      • Claudia

        My feed dogs on my Singer 750 are also no longer working. I’m checking into replacing the gear however, the actual feed dogs were already replaced and they are not like teeth, they are like a hard rubber. So I’m unclear on your comment about “metal teeth”. Thanks for your help.

  • Lynda w

    Where can I get replacement gears for a singer 4670 sewing machine?

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      Hi Lynda! We’re trying to find gears for your machine. Looks like it’s not typically available in the US, but we’ll see what we can find. Thank you for being patient.

      • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

        Hi again! We did a little research – do you happen to have the original gears? If so, there should be an part number located on the gears.

  • Sharon

    I’m experiencing a problem with my ruffler ~ the needle won’t pass thru to make a stitch. Any suggestion on what to try

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      Hi Sharon! I’m so sorry you are having trouble. Does it seem like the needle is getting jammed on something? If possible, could you send us a picture of how it’s installed?

  • Bonnie

    Yay! My Singer Creative Touch 1030 works again! I purchased the bevel gear set from you and my husband installed them with the help of your video! We recently took it to a local” Singer” sew and vac repair shop and were told it was time to replace it. He really talked bad about Singer products and tried to sell me a new Elna. I have had this machine 34 years and know the day will come when I HAVE to replace it…but I am happy it is not today!

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      So glad your machine is up and running again! 34 years – WOW!

  • Jayne

    Sarah can you please tell me what bobbin I should use for my Bicor VX1005? It skips stitches or the thread bunches up. I think the problem is the wrong bobbin.

  • jim

    Trying to replace feed drive gear on Singer 6233. Feed drive shaft will not slide out. Have loosened all set screws on gears and removed clip. Shaft will only move about half inch. Seems to be jamming on bushing next of belt drive gear. Any suggestions?

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      Hi Jim! Can you send us a picture?

  • David Reynolds

    I just replaced the feed dog gears on my Singer 534 Stylist and have a problem now with the underside stiche being loose. Do I have it timed correctly or is their another problem. The top stich seems to be fine. Thanks

  • Michele

    I just replaced all the gears in my Singer 834 Stylist. The bobbin thread is now forming giant bird nests on the underside of the material. I have referred back to the video several times and tried several minute adjustments to the timing with no success. Any advice? Thanks in advance

    • Krisann Robles

      Bird nests in the bobbin mean it isn’t threaded properly up top; little or no tension is being applied to the top thread.

  • Kay

    Thanks to you and this video, I replaced my gears and saved over $100 to have it done. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I was also able to set the timing and it has a perfect stitch.

  • Loose

    I have an 1030 Creative touch and can’t get the shaft to slide all the way over?

  • Annalee K Trimm Irwin

    I am having trouble with my singer 9134 model. It is the tension of the bobbin thread. Sometimes it is perfect and the next it is stuck and won’t move. Could it be I need to replace the bobbin case?

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      If definitely sounds like it might need replacing. How long have you had the machine?

  • vickie

    hey what causes this machine is now running wasn’t before but it runs ragged sounds like dragging it runs high than low and like theres no juice reminds me of a car when one is trying to set the idel up and low rev

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      Hmm, I’m not entirely sure. But I’ll be sure to ask our repair department first thing in the morning and see what they say.

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      Hi Vickie! I spoke with our repair team. However, they really suggest taking it to your local Sew and Vac store. Unfortunately, they can’t really pin down anything definitively.

  • vickie

    by the way my machine is a pfaff1209

  • toni

    how do you replace the right bottom gears on sewing machine

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      It varies with different machines. What is the make and model of your machine?

  • joe r aguilar

    ihave an elna su the pattern selection gear was at bottom of machinewhen my wife bought the machine.i have looked every where and cannot find,instructions on how to change the gear

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      Hi Joe! We would have to know the model number of your machine. Is it the Air Electronic 68 or Star 62? Do either of those sound right?

  • Jay C

    I have the same question as Francis S except I have a singer 758. Last week I replace the feed dog and the Horizontal Hook drive gear. Now I need to replace the feed dog gear set. I cannot get the shaft up far enough to remove the small gear, it hits part of the stitch control arm. I have the service manual I ordered from you, but has no detail. Your repair team have any suggestions? Thanks

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      Hi Jay! I will past this along to our repair team and get back to you as soon as I know.

  • Tiffany

    This video worked for me. There might be one mistake, though. I believe the hook drive gear with the two set screws goes on the bottom and not the top. I think he makes the mistake of using the gear with two set screws when putting the first hook drive gear in on the top shaft. At the very beginning of the video and near the end of the video when he is setting timing, it looks like the gears are in the proper positions with the gear with the two set screws on the bottom.

    • http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ Sarah

      Hi Tiffany! Thank you for your comment! I’ll past it along to him. The man in the videos is one of the owners and has been repairing machines for decades.

  • George Leslie Borden

    Just replaced the gears on my Singer 774. Thanks for letting me know how to sync up the needle and the rotating hook.




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