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Bobbin not picking up through the needle part of the machine

I have a singer simple 3116 my bobin thread wont pick up through the needle part of my machine I have taken apart the bobbin part thing at the bottom that houses the bobbin and have put it back just like it was thinking that that would help but when I watched it from slow motion the needle would come down but not catch the bobbin thread like it is supposed to. please help.

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  • lewis_russ Nov 08, 2008

    i have the same problem as lisa. how do you get your machine retimed?

  • rvblackelk Nov 17, 2008

    Mine is also not picking up the bobbin thread.

  • charley3116 Nov 28, 2008

    I have a similar problem with a different outcome.
    The needle DOES pickup the lower thread, but with observation I noticed the bobbin assembly does not rotate far enough (clockwise motion) to release the the lower thread past the bottom center.
    Since the thread does not make it past the center point at Bottom center, it moves back (counter clockwise) to the pickup location and catches a second loop thereby causing the machine to lock up.
    The machine is 3 days old and worked fine, I've used light broadcloth with no heavy fabrics.
    I need to know if this is common and do I need how to correct this issue for future use, or should I buy a different brand or much older Singer sewing machine? 
    A service manual would be nice for the small problems.

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Thread only shows the bobbin thread when i sew and needle thread also please e-mail me the attachment instructions. marybellroberts@msn.com

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