20 Most Recent Singer 8280 Mechanical Sewing Machine Questions & Answers


Make sure the bobbin winder is in the position away from the bobbin stopper. When you fill a bobbin, you have to push the "spindle" towards the handwheel. If you do not push the "spindle" back into position (away from the handwheel), the wheel will remain locked.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Oct 19, 2018


Turn the hand wheel HARD in the direction it was traveling. Then remove the thread and the needle and run it full speed for 20 seconds to put it back in time.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Apr 04, 2018


Depends what it would cost for service. Most standard service would cost at least $50-100. You can purchase a replacement machine for ~$100.

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Singer 8280... | Answered on Jan 01, 2018


Not being there, I have to guess, but my guess is, your bobbin case is not set in properly, or you have a badly wound bobbin that's causing the jamming.

Another possibility is you have threads wrapped around the tension unit on the inside.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Jan 02, 2017


What you are seeing is called "bird's nesting." There are two main reasons for "bird's nesting."
The first one is the thread not between the tension disks. That allows the thread to be pulled from the spool instead of pulling the thread tight from underneath. Always make sure to always put up your presser foot before you thread the tension disks. I also check the thread after I finish to make sure the top thread has good tension on it before sewing.
The second reason is the thread is not being pulled by the take up lever. Make sure you see it being pulled by the take up lever before you start sewing. If not, rethread it.

Good luck.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Jan 02, 2016


drop of WD 40 into bobbin and hair dryer worm it up - it will expand with heat a little - to free the bobbin off the stem. Check for correct size bobbin next time.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Nov 11, 2015


try this
The machine is not threaded correctly--rethread the machine
The thread tension is to tight--reduce the thread tension (lower number)
The thread is to thick for the needle--select a larger needle
The needle is not inserted correctly--remove needle & reinsert the needle (flat side toward the back)
The thread could be wound around the spool pin
The needle is damaged--replace
Some needles & thread are not compatible--try this

Cut 6-8 inch piece of thread of the spool you are going to use for your project
Take the needle you are going to use for the project
& insert the thread thru the eye of the needle
& lift one end of the thread to a 45 degree angle
& if the needle is the right size for the thread it will slide down the thread
But if the needle hangs on the thread you need one size larger needle for the thread

Singer 8280... | Answered on Sep 30, 2015


I don't know which features you are looking for but these are very basic machines, I think that I would go for a better model than either of these. I bought a Singer Stylist 7258 for $200 from JoAnn Fabrics and got a free lesson on it, plus lots of tips on usage. I really prefer to buy from people who know machines as opposed to big box stores because you can get help when you have a question. Sometimes going to a better model is well worth the extra because you cannot upgrade a cheap machine to a better one and if you buy one with some easy features you will sew more, with no frustration even if you have to put it on lay away to be able to afford it and pay a little each week.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Sep 19, 2015


try changing the needle---flat side goes to the back side of the machine
also check the top tension
depending on the fabric your sewing on--the needle & thread have to work
with the fabric--example light fabric needs a different needle & thread than
a heavy fabric
check to see if the thread is coming off the thread take up lever when you
sew.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Jun 16, 2015


I believe that Michea.com l might be able to make the repair , I was one price starting at $70.00

Give them a call 1-800-MICHAELS

Singer 8280... | Answered on Apr 28, 2015


Here is a demo of some sewing on YouTube; zig zag may be in there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1gbkXnvDXI
Do you have a Manual?
SINGER SEWING MACHINE OWNERS MANUAL MODEL 8280 REPRINT

Singer 8280... | Answered on Feb 26, 2015


It sounds like you have lost the tread guide. When you press the clamp as far up as it will go, there should be a slot in the post underneath the clamp visible. You may need to use a mirror to see it. The thread guide snaps into that slot and keeps the clamp from falling down. Take it to any repair shop. It will not be expensive to repair.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Jan 03, 2015


If you are pulling the arm towards you or pushing away from you then you will need to have the needle arm adjusted. Pushing and pulling of the arm will only cause damage. Many times this needs to be adjusted due to the constant movement of the machine. There is usually material on the Youtube to explain how to adjust needle arm.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Dec 23, 2014


Hai, Please change the correct size needle,bobbin &case and check the timings and tension.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Dec 06, 2014


The user's manual is available as a free download at the Singer Sewing machine site. However, I believe your model is a 8280, not a 547.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Nov 28, 2014


There are a couple of reasons for that. The first could be that your feed dogs are not up. It could also mean--if you can adjust the presser foot pressure--that your presser foot pressure needs to be increased. If your feed dogs are not up, and you set the dial/lever/button to put it up, you will STILL need to turn the wheel TOWARDS you (ALWAYS towards you) at least one or two times until it snaps up--you'll hear it click. It does not raise when you first set it up on ANY machine or any manufacturer.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Nov 18, 2014


I have an xl100 and would be willing to scan the manual and send it to you via email if you would like.

Singer 8280... | Answered on Sep 15, 2014

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