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Threading diagram need to know how to thread my mother in laws machine. It needs an oiling as well, need to know how/where to oil.

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    machine is a pfaff 1212


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Need to know make and model number which can usually be found inside the base of machine...I place kitchen paper towel in the base of machine case and oil all moving parts the towel soaks up any excess oil...remove it after 24hrs..

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there is a screw on the side of the bobbin case, which needs to be turned to the left or counter clockwise to loosen the tension and also change the needle because a burr on the end will cause problems with bobbin thread

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SOURCE: Needle will not pick up thread from bobbin on a Brother's machine

This is going to sound silly but its one of the first things I check for... make sure that the needle is in correctly make sure that the flat side is towards the back as you place it in the needle clamp. better yet take the needled out all together and put a new one in just to be sure that it isnt bend

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I need help putting the bobbin threader back onto a Nelco JA38 sewing machine and the springs are giving me fits. Any help?

Not sure if you are having problems with the bobbin winder or threading the bobbin. This may help:

Nelco JA 38 Sewing Machine Threading Diagram

To avoid awful thread nests under the fabric, be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the top thread.

Interestingly, the bobbin threading instructions (above) show the bobbin loading into the bobbin case so it turns COUNTER-clockwise. This is the opposite of instructions for most machines. You can probably try both, the clockwise or Counter-clockwise,and see if one works better than the other.

Be sure to use fresh, good quality sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil on your machine. Open it up, while gently wiggling the handwheel, drop a couple drops of oil every place that metal rubs against metal. Avoid plastic or rubber parts! You may even find little round holes throughout that are oil ports. Be sure to get the area around the needlebar, presser foot lifter, feed dogs, the bobbin area, and all the dial and selector mechanisms.

You can find manuals for your machine online (not free!).

Nelco Sewing Machine Manuals Instruction and Repair Manuals

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I just dug this Bernina out of a closet - it will be great once I figure out how to keep the needle threaded. I have seen the video on how to thread it but it keeps coming unthreaded as I sew

Okay. First thing, when threading the top thread, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot. Put in a brand new needle! Be sure to pull thread at least 4" or more through the needle. Before taking the first stitch, raise the take-up lever to its highest position and gently hold both thread tails in your left hand and slowly turn the handwheel and make a manual stitch. (Sometimes just holding the thread tails will keep the thread from pulling out.)

The following is a hint for quilters but works for any type of sewing if you don't want those dreaded thread knots with the first stitch:

How and Why to Bring up the Bobbin Thread

You don't say what model it is (I'm a Bernina fan--great machines!), but if it is a mechanical machine (not computerized), it would definitely benefit from a thorough cleaning and oiling. The hook/race should get a drop of "fresh, good quality" oil every 8 hours of sewing. A more thorough oiling should be done every time a new project is begun AND every 40 hours of sewing time. What happens over time is the old oil dries and turns to a varnish that will restrict the parts from moving like they should--a common affliction of most machines found at garage sales, in the barn, in the closet, etc. Most people think the machine is broken, but it just needs a lot of TLC to offset the years of neglect. If the handwheel is difficult to turn manually, your machine needs some good care before you put her through the paces--could save damaging the motor or more.

Following is the method I've used to resurrect some of those old, forgotten machines and they are happily purring along today:

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

This is a general diagram of where oil points are located on a Bernina 830 Record. Oil ports are little holes where a few drops of oil should be applied for a thorough oiling. Your machine may not be the same, but is similar.

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My Elnita 245i is squeaking when it goes forward, but not in reverse. Ive oiled inside the needle mechanism and bobbin case areas. No change. It is also breaking top thread after 6 inches


If your machine is mechanical (not computerized), it could very well benefit from a good cleaning and oiling, including the internal mechanical movement. Squeaking could be the feed dogs but could be a multitude of places.

When threading the machine, be sure to ALWAYS raise the presser foot. The fact that the top thread is breaking about 6 inches into the sewing indicates that the thread is catching somewhere. Sometimes, it catches on the thread notch on the thread spool. Other possibilities is that the thread is looped around something, ie the spool pin, a thread guide... Remove the thread entirely from the machine and rethread from the beginning.

Elna Elnita 244 245 Sewing Machine Threading Diagram

This may help you if you decide to try to oil your mechanical machine:

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...


Feb 07, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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White model 935 maintenance help

The top thread breaks

1. the needle thread is not threaded properly

2. The needle thread tension is to tight

3. The needle is bent or blunt

4. The needle is incorrectly inserted

5. The needle thread & the bobbin thread are not set under the presser foot when starting to sew

6. the threads were not drawn to the rear after sewing

7. The thread is either to heavy or to fine for the needle

8. Try a different spool or cone of thread

Jul 27, 2013 | White Sewing 935 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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New Home Type F threading bobbin take up

Perhaps one of these will help:

New Home Model 532 Sewing Machine Threading Diagram

New Home Model 2022 Machine Threading Diagram

Thread Bobbin on Newhome Sewing Machine

HINT: install a brand new needle. Remove the top thread from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and then rethread the top thread. The upper tension should start out set at the midway point. Use only fresh, good quality thread--AVOID old or bargain bin threads.

If the machine is threaded correctly top and bottom, but is still not catching the bobbin thread, then it's possible the machine is out of time. Search for sewing machine timing or take it for service.

Since it is an older mechanical machine, it is recommended to clean and oil the machine frequently. Oil Before using it if it has been in storage. If the machine is sticky, motor drags, etc., here's a good reference for getting it back in shape:

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

May 26, 2017 | New Home Sewing Machines

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I need to know how to thread my tcm sewing machine as i have no instructions as it was given to me thank you

I do not know this model but why don't you visit, there is good general threading information there as well as care and maintenance tips for sewing machines. Older machines need oiling, many modern ones have nylon parts or oiling wicks so not required so often. If you can see red marks on parts of the machine, these are usually oiling spots.

sewing machines are usually horizontal top loading bobbins where the bobbin goes into a bobbin holder and the thread gets clicked into a tension spring.

Or vertical front loading bobbins inside a removable bobbin case with a tension spring on the outside of the bobbin case.

Top threading up is usually through a number of eyelets, through a tension device of some sort, then down to the needle.

Remember, the scarf (cut out) of the needle should face to the back of the machine. Most domestic sewing machines use 130/704H needle system and the needle has a flat shank which goes to the back in the needle holder so you get this right.

You can also try or, both list some instruction manuals and threading diagrams for some makes and models.

Apr 26, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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I inharited my mothers singer zigzag 759 machine and I do not know how to thread it or fill the bobbin. Can you help me?

If you go to there is a threading diagram for a model 758 and maybe it will answer some of your questions. A hard copy of you manual is available from but it is $15, but it will be worth it because it will tell you how to oil it and everything. Good luck

Oct 05, 2010 | Singer Sewing Machines

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I have an older model Kenmore from 1980-1981, Model#1581. I have had it serviced before, the threads are wadding up in bobbin. My mother-in-law worked on it and said the feed dog was not moving. Is...

Is it threaded right, just for the heck of it, totally unthread it and clean out the bobbin area, oil as per your manual and then rethread, new needle etc. Sometimes, it just needs a total clean out. There is a site called and you can download a copy of your manual for $10. I think it is cheaper than Sears parts direct. I would try this stuff before taking it for service. Hope it helps, good luck. You have a tough old workhorse of a machine so do not give up on it.

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TIming Consew 210

I am not sure about this particular machine but in most machines there will be a nob on the front loose low numbers like 0 1 -2 work well on number 3. If the nob is not on the front check and see if it is on the side.

Aug 27, 2008 | Consew Sewing Machines

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Problem with threads not catching

Try putting in new needles. Make sure they are in the proper position. There is a stopper which keeps the needle down far enough to make the right connection. Sometimes the needle stopper, after long use, moves up a little which prevents the needle from going low enough to pick up the bobbin thread. You could try lowering the needle just a little. Not to far, or it will break the needle. Sewing machines need a lot of oil. Not all at once but a drop or two after an hour of use. All lint needs to be removed from under and around the bobbin before it is oiled. Keeping the machine clean and oiled is the life of the machine.

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