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C an not get the bobbin cover to go back on

Bobbin holder is too high to close cover over it

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Try a different bobbin, make sure the bobbin is seated correctly in bobbin case,,take a can of air & use it on the bobbin case area,,also check for lint or loose thread in bobbin case area

Posted on Feb 10, 2012

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A thread is caught in the bobbin apparatus. Took bobbin case out and machine is still jammed. Can I take it apart and get the threads out? What to do...


Only thing is to remove the bobbin, bobbin holder if you can, the feed dog cover plate, and then, using a magnifying lamp and a fine pointed pair of tweezers, try and locate the bits of cotton and pull gently out while rotating the hand wheel slowly, rocking it back and forth. Use an air blaster can to blow fluff out, clean, and oil. Including inside the bobbin case.

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I can't seem to get the bobbin holder in there correctly to get the machine to sew properly.


While I know it can only go in 1 of two ways, maybe the problem isn't in how the bobbin is in, maybe it is the route of the thread.
My assumption is you don't seem to pick up the bobbin thread and it bunches. If so the carefully follow the thread to needle you may have by passed the place you put that thread so it maintains tension.
Check that carefully, sometimes that gets overlooked.

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I have a Necchi 4900 and the thread catches on the bobbin holder , moves the bobbin holder out of place , james , have taken it out cleaned everthing under the bobbin and takewn the underneath cover


try changing the needle to see if that helps
if it doesn't,, then I suggest that the sewing machine be checked
at a repair shop to see if the bobbin case needs to be replaced and
to see if the hook and the hook race need to be replaced

Nov 01, 2012 | Necchi Sewing Machines

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My casket where the bobber sets is loose and comes out. When I try to place the basket where the bobber sits it is too high and the lver will not close. Is that part broken or how do I put it in properly?...


I have a similar Singer with a drop-in bobbin and there is a little trick to getting the bobbin holder in correctly. When you put it in push it forward (under the feed dogs) then pull it back (toward you) before you release the spring that holds it in. Test it to make sure it doesn't come out then insert your bobbin per your user manual.

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Bobbin cover will not close


if the bobbin cover won't fit easily over the bobbin the either it's the wrong bobbin for the machine, the bobbin is warped or there is something wrong with the bobbin case

Feb 09, 2012 | Kenmore Drop-In Bobbin 16231 Mechanical...

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How do you put a bobbin in a elna so i can use it to sew


Drop in a full bobbin with the holes side upwards (I'm assuming this is a Swiss Elna sewing Machine horizontal bobbin design as you haven't given the model number).

Now, hold the thread tail with your right hand and pulll the thread clockwise towards you while holding the bobbin still with a finger from your left hand. Bring the thread tail around towards you until it goes into the little slot, then press downwards onto the thread tail close to the bobbin until you hear it click into the tension spring. Test by lifting the thread tail upwards, it should stay in tension and not come back out of the groove.

Now close the back slide cover over the bobbin leaving the bobbin thread tail visible out to the right.

Now manually turn the flywheel towards you while holding the top thread tail and take the needle down into the bobbin holder area and back to the top, pull the thread tail to bring the bobbin thread up to the top.

There is a threading up diagrams at www.sewusa.com http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams/Threading_Pages/Elna_Sewing_machine_threading/Elna_Supermatic_threading_diagram.htm
for the old Supermatic but the bobbin holder design is almost identical for all the subsequent models such as the SU, TSP, Supermatic or Air Electronics like the Stella, Carina or Jubilee, the above is the same for all.

Sep 19, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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I have an elna lotus sewing machine and have refilled the bobbin but cant remember how the bobbin goes back into its place. the machine will sew for awhile and then the cotton gets tangled .can you help...


Is this a Swiss made Elna Lotus with top loading bobbin (check machine plate on right beside power inlet for manufacture details) ? (the original Lotus was released back in 60's but that name has been reused on a number of different models since, some made under licence elsewhere) If yes, then the following applies:

Bobbin should have holes on one side only, always wind it with the holes on top and load it into the bobbin holder the same way so it is rotating anti clockwise when you pull the thread.

Drop wound bobbin into bobbin holder and, while holding the bobbin still with one finger, pull the thread tail towards you into the tension spring, then press down on the thread until you hear it "Click" into the tension spring.

Then hand wind the fly wheel towards you while holding the top thread tail to catch the bottom thread and bring it up to the top needle plate, close the back sliding plate over the bobbin.

Other thing with these machines is ALWAYS hold the two thread tails firmly when you start a new seam so the threads don't get pulled down into the bobbin holder area. Really important.
You can dowload a manual from www.arizonaexpressionz.com for most of the Swiss machines.

If it is not Swiss made one, then your bobbin may be vertical front loading (like the Brothers).

There are threading diagrams for lots of machines at www.sewusa.com, there might be one there that covers your machine.

May 22, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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How do you load the bobbin properly?


Hi there,

Well you may please follow the steps below -
1. Remove the bobbin from the sewing machine. Note: whether you have a drop-in, front or side-loading bobbin on your sewing machine. A drop in bobbin will load from the top, may be via a removable bobbin case cover near the machine-fed dogs. A side or front loading bobbin needs to be loaded into a removable bobbin case under the machine.
2. Choose the right size bobbin for the sewing machine.
3. Wind thread onto your bobbin. Your sewing machine should have a standard thread spool to hold the thread and a short, squat post wide enough for a bobbin.
4. Put the thread and empty bobbin into position on your sewing machine. Wrap the thread around the bobbin to start it. On most machines, disengage the needle by turning the smaller hand-wheel on the machine toward you. Push the bobbin post into position, securing the bobbin into place. Press gently down. Thread should begin to wind neatly onto your bobbin.
5. Break the thread, push the bobbin post back into an inactive position and remove the bobbin. Tighten the hand-wheel. Thread your sewing machine again if necessary before loading the bobbin.
6. Remove the bobbin case cover and put the bobbin into position. The thread should slide through a catch on the bobbin case and up through the cover.
7. Access the bobbin case for a front or side mount bobbin. Lift the catch and remove the removable bobbin holder. Put the bobbin into the holder and run the thread through the holder, bringing it to the front. Lift the catch and slide the bobbin holder back into the case. Hold your needle thread gently forward with your left hand and turn the hand-wheel. The needle thread will pass down into the machine and catch a loop of the bobbin thread. Pull this loop up and slide both threads to the back before beginning to sew.
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I NEED HELP THREADING THE BOBBIN


it takes some getting used to, but usually all you have to do is place the bobbin in the holder and pull the tread through the cutter next to it. from there you should be able to just close the cover and go.

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Needle won't pick up bobbin thread - HELP!!!


I recently fixed my wife maching with the same problem. I found that the screw had come loose that holds the linkage together that rotates the bobbin holder. I was fortunate enough to notice the screw while looking at the machine. To replace it requires taking both the front and back covers off of the frame since the bobbin holder linkage is in the rear behind the needle area. Be careful to insure that the plastic toothed "rail" that runs the bobbin holder is positioned properly or it may break off a tooth. Once I replaced the screw and put the machine back together, it picked up the thread with no problem. Hope this helps.

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