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Top thread isn't picking up the bobbin thread?

This is almost always because the needle is inserted wrong. The needle shank has a flat side and this flat side has to be inserted so it faces a certain way. In my experience, in most modern machines, the flat side faces to the rear (away from you), but the best way to know for sure is to consult your instruction manual.

If the needle is bent, the top thread won't pick up the bobbin thread, so if you're sure the flat side is facing the correct way for your machine, check to see if the needle is bent.

Happy Sewing!

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Generally, this is because the needle is inserted wrong or because it's bent. In the first case, the top of the needle (called the shank) has a flat side-this has to be inserted so it faces the back or away from you.
In the second case, when a bent needle stops the top thread from picking up the bobbin thread. Even if you think your needle is fine, change it to see if this solves the problem.

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The most common reason the bottom thread won't pick up is because the needle is inserted wrong. Check that the needle is inserted with the flat side of the needle shank is facing away from you.

Robbie

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janomes sewing machine bobbin


Hi. Check to make sure the needle is in correctly. There is a flat side on the needle shank and that has to be facing a particular way. For most modern machines, the flat side of the needle faces to the rear, away from you, but it's always a good idea to check the manual to make sure on your machine. If the needle is bent, that can cause the same thing, but it's almost always that the needle is in wrong.
Happy Sewing!
Robbie

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Hi. The most likely cause is that your needle is inserted backwards. There is a flat side on the shank of the needle and this flat side has to go in facing a specific direction (usually away from you, toward the rear of the machine) so that the needle can form a loop with the top thread to pick up the bottom thread. Some machines, especially older ones, require that the flat side be inserted facing right, or facing left (I have one of each), but in my experience most modern machines need the flat side of the needle shank facing away from you.

Sometimes, if the needle is in correctly for your machine (check your manual to be certain) and still isn't picking up the bobbin thread, the needle could be bent.

Check these out, and let me know if they solve your problem, ok?

Happy Sewing!

Robbie

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Hi! This is almost always caused by the needle inserted incorrectly. There is a flat side on the needle shank and if this flat side isn't facing the right way, the top thread won't pick up the bobbin thread. (Bent or broken needles can also cause this, but you would have noticed a broken needle. :-) ). Check your manual to see which way the flat side of the need is supposed to go. (It seems to me that most machines have the flat side facing the rear of the machine--but please don't assume that's true for your machine.) I have machines on which the flat side faces to the lef and, faces to the right, but most of my machines (and certainly the more modern ones), the flat side faces to the rear.
Hope this helps!

Robbie

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