Troubleshooting for a Singer 2517C Sewing Machine

By Renee Shelton ; Updated September 15, 2017
The Singer 2517C is capable of handling a variety of sewing stitches.

The Singer 2517C Sewing Machine produces straight, zigzag and appliqué stitches, along with the buttonhole stitch. It has a drop-in bobbin and uses snap-on feet. For those interested in darning or embroidery, this machine is capable of specialty stitching using an embroidery hoop. Troubleshooting the Singer 2517C includes checking the tension, making sure the machine is plugged in properly, and ensuring it is properly threaded.

Thread the Machine Properly

Place the spool of thread on the spool pin at the top of the machine. Place the spool cap over the top of the spool to keep it in place.

Pull the loose end of the thread and snap it under the thread guide at the top left of the machine.

Follow the thread down the path to the thread-tension dial. Place the thread inside the tension discs. Pull the thread to the take-up lever, by following the hinge down and lifting up to hook in place.

Pull the thread down to the thread guides and place the end of the thread through the needle eye, pushing it to the back with one hand. Pull the end of the thread with the other hand and leave at least four inches of thread behind the needle eye.

Check The Thread Tension

Ensure the sewing machine is threaded properly and set the dial to three. The three setting is a mid-number and the basic tension for each stitching can be adjusted.

Try a sample straight stitch on a scrap piece of fabric. If the stitching is loose, causing large loops above the fabric where the stitching should lay flat, increase the tension by turning the dial to a higher number. If the stitching is puckering and bunching up the fabric, then decrease the tension by turning the dial to a lower number.

Try a sample of zigzag stitching on a scrap piece of fabric. If the fabric puckers when sewing a zigzag stitch, loosen the tension by turning the dial to a lower number. If the zigzag stitching produces loops instead of laying flat, increase the tension by turning the dial to a higher number.

Check the Power Supply

Press the cord firmly to attach the electrical cord attachment into both the machine and the power socket. The plug itself is polarized so that the end fits in the socket only in one way. If it does not fit, try turning the plug around.

Turn the machine on by pressing the power switch. The light will automatically come on when the machine is turned on.

Press on the foot control to power the sewing machine. Using your foot, press down firmly for faster sewing and press lightly for slower sewing.

About the Author

Renee Shelton is publisher of the periodical, Pastry Sampler Journal, and is editor and contributing writer to several niche blogs. Her personal webpages have been referenced in numerous cookbooks. When she isn't writing about food, you'll find her hunting down historical cookbooks at swap meets.