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if you need it right away I would suggest to look in the yellow pages for a sewing machine repair shop & they might have what you need, or they might have to order it.

another solution is going to or & see if they have one

Singer 5050... | Answered on Nov 20, 2010 | 116 views

Have you looked at your manual? On page 31 it tells you how to do all of the stitches. If, you do not have a copy of your manual, go to and download a free one under the customer support tab.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Nov 18, 2010 | 16 views

If, it has been sitting for a while, try this trick, take off the case, (pay attention to where the screws go and put them in a bowl) now take a hair dryer and let it blow on the reverse lever and the stitch length control. While you are there oil your machine as per your manual. Sometimes they get stuck from lack of use and will not sew for you. Hope it works, other than that you may have to take it in for service. Good luck

Singer 5050... | Answered on Nov 13, 2010 | 79 views

I don't know how much you know about sewing but you can download a free copy of your manual at and it should answer a lot of questions, such as stitch length, width, threading etc. I would say that you have to put it on a specific stitch length but without seeing it, who can tell? You may be best off signing up for a beginner sewing class. Good luck

Singer 5050... | Answered on Nov 12, 2010 | 45 views

It is usually in your top threading. Try this test, with the presser foot up, pull on the thread, it should feed smoothly, now put the presser foot down, pull thread, and it should barely move. Sometimes that seats the threads in the tension discs. Good luck

Singer 5050... | Answered on Nov 04, 2010 | 208 views

You can try the old hairdryer trick, take off the cover, (usually loosening screws and removing) then take the hairdryer and let it blow on the reverse and stitch length controls until it frees up. Use gloves because the metal may get hot.I read it on the I hope it works, it did for me. Just pay attention to where your screws go back in so that they are all in again. Other than that, you may need service.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 31, 2010 | 71 views

Make sure you get a foot designed for this Singer sewing machine. Then for snap-on feet, push down slightly on the front of the foot then pull forward (with some you pull to the left). To insert a new foot, push the foot towards the connector (back or to the right) and then push the back of the foot up (once in contact with the connector) while still moving into the connector. (You should feel the spring lift up and snap around the foot.)

For shanked feet, loosen the thumbscrew and slide the open side over the screw and press against the shaft. Then tighten the thumbscrew.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(my older Singer uses a snap-on zig-zag foot. This foot gets pushed in from the front . Keep the foot below the shank until you have the bars centered around the base of the shank. Then bring the foot up and push back until it snaps into place. There is a horizontal rod between the bars and the shanks locks around that rod. The rest of the feet are shanked.)

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 28, 2010 | 91 views

Do you have a manual?
I checked the online manual available on the Singer site for your model and the part you mention is called a Horizontal spool pin and holder.
If you would like a copy of the manual go to the Singer site:
Type in 5050 and click on Search.
On the next page click on Free download!
Hope this helps!

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 18, 2010 | 139 views

I had this happen once and it was the needle shaft was slightly bent, (after loaning it to a relative) but yours may just be in need of oiling and working the needle shaft back and forth by hand. Another thing to try, take a hair dryer and heat all of the moving parts. Hopefully, this will work for you. Otherwise, it may be the timing, and you need a professional to look at it. Good luck, got my fingers crossed for you

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 16, 2010 | 28 views

Do you have your manual? Because it is almost always the top threading, either tangled thread or a bent or dull needle causing the problem. You can download your manual at for free and enlarge the detail of the diagrams for threading. I just hope that it is something simple and not your timing because that is not a do it yourself job, unfortunately. You can also call Singer customer service at 1-800-4singer. and get their advice. Good luck.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 11, 2010 | 453 views

Call Singer at 1-800-4singer and ask for their advice, you do not want to void your warranty with not going to an authorized repair service if it comes to that. Good luck

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 07, 2010 | 190 views

the nob should be above the needle area- with numbers from 0-9

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 07, 2010 | 24 views

a mechanical sewing machine has only knobs & dials
a computerized has a LCD screen-some screens are large & some are small,,a lot of people like computerized or electronic- because they are push buttons,,
I personally have a mechanical sewing machine & a electronic or computerized sewing machine
I use both to make clothes & quilts, my husband which does quilting like the electronic machine better, cause it's push button.
when I make buttonholes I use the electronic sewing machine because it does it in one step automatically
there are a lot of advantages to the electronic sewing machine, push button, one step buttonhole,
needle threader, decorative stitches, the stitch length & stitch width are push button selection
when you get a sewing machine make sure it has a manual with it,,that's very important,,it will tell you the different functions of the machine & how to do the setting.
as far as brand of sewing machine, I've owned singer, babylock, brother, necchi, machines, there are good & bad in any brand, when you buy one if it doesn't work when you take it out of the box & start sewing--take it back & get another one--cause machine should be ready to sew when you take it out of the box
happy sewing

Singer 5050... | Answered on Mar 04, 2015 | 165 views

Put a different color in the top, then you will see that it is your top threading that is wrong. Another thing try to keep your threads the same type ie. poly, or cotton or silk. Check your needle, too.If that doesn't work call Singer at 1-800-4singer

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 06, 2010 | 40 views

Have you tried putting a stabilizer under your mylar material?

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 06, 2010 | 117 views

Download copy of your manual for free at and you will see how to use it

Singer 5050... | Answered on Oct 05, 2010 | 16 views

"Birdnesting" occurs when there is no tension on the needle thread to pull the bobbin thread. This is easily corrected by rethreading the machine, following the threading path carefully and making sure the thread is fully engaged in the tension mechanism.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Sep 29, 2010 | 157 views

Unfortunatlly it sounds as though its out of time. Look on my profile I wrote a tip on timing.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Sep 28, 2010 | 131 views

check the operation manual to see the postion for the feed dog to sew

Singer 5050... | Answered on Sep 28, 2010 | 53 views

Your machine needs a professional to fix your timing and tune it up. You may have messed up the timing when you took off the belt. It is worth getting it fixed.

Singer 5050... | Answered on Sep 19, 2010 | 276 views

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