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Sewing Machine Needles

Did you know sewing machine needles can be machined wrong? If your machine isn't picking up the thread, try replacing the needle. If the scarf isn't in the correct place, the hook can't pick up the thread.

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Baby lock tiara not sewing


make sure the needle is facing the proper direction, the scarf of the needle(small indentation just above needle eye) should face the handwheel side of the machine and must be in all the way. This machine uses round shank needles so make sure the needle isn't twisted or it won't pick up thread.

Oct 04, 2016 | Baby Lock Sewing Machines

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thread wont loop, it doesn't sew?


It loops, it's just that your shuttle isn't catching the loop. The loop is formed on the upstroke of the needle on the back or "scarfed" side of the needle. If the shuttle point doesn't catch that loop, no stitch.

First make sure you have a fresh needle. If still no stitch... take it in for service. (clean, lube and time)

Oct 03, 2012 | Brother SE-270D Computerized Sewing...

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the upper thread will not pick up bobbin thread


Make sure the needles are the correct size, fully inserted into the needle bar and oriented correctly for your machine. If that doesn't work check the timing. The hook should arrive at the needle scarf when the needle is at the lowest point in it's travel. If it doesn't... go have it timed by a pro.

Aug 28, 2012 | Singer 1507

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My sewing machine will not pick up the bobbin thread


If a sewing machine fails to pick up the bobbin thread, it's usually because the needle isn't fully in the needle bar... OR its the wrong size needle for the machine.

Jul 26, 2012 | White Sewing 2200 Multi-Tasker

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My machine is new and worked briefly but now . . . . the machine is threaded correctly and the bobbin is placed correctly. When turning the knob for the initial pick up of the bobbin thread, it does not loop around and pick up the bobbin thread. The threaded needle just moves up and down. The thread does not loop (circle around - not sure of the correct terminology) around at all.


You have described your problem just fine. Have you just changed the needle in your machine? If so, check it is in the right way, you want the flat shank to the back.

The needle has a scarf (scoop out) at the back - if it is facing to the front then the rotary hook (bit that goes around the bobbin and catches the top thread) can't catch the needle thread behind the needle.

Also check needle is fully up into the housing, this could also cause problem.

I'd suggest that you visit www.sewingabout.com and check out the pages on general sewing machine use, care and threading up, lots of helpful pictures and information which may be of assistance to you.

If it isn't your needle backwards (very easy to get wrong, happens all the time), then the timing could be out, which isn't so easy, but as its new I'd be very suprised if this was the fault. Just check needle, make sure top and bottom threads are threaded correctly and have another go. Also, remember to turn flywheel towards you.

Jul 14, 2011 | Singer 7444 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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