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Kenmore sewing machine #17871

IT WILL NOT PICK-UP the bobbin thread and it makes a clicking sound when the needle goes down inside the machine.

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my singer zig zag model 737 keeps getting jamed wher the needle is actually that thing under the needle it works for like 5 seconds then makes this jjjjjjj sound can someone plz help thnx

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Try changing your needle

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re insert the needle, maybe you did not put the needle up as far as it is to go. Make sure the flat side of the needle is to the back of the machine. Without any thread in the machine hand turn the wheel and look to see if the hook of your bobbin would/could catch the thread (to see if timing is right)
then thread the machine and hand turn the wheel and see what it is doing.
Your timing might be off, but I do not think that is likely. Though it is possible that when the needle fell out, it hit something hard, broke, and pushed the machine out of timing. then you need to bring it in.

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needle's in backwards

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timing issue, need to have serviced.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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My Kenmore machine #17871 is not picking up the thread


It's probably out of time.
It's probably best to allow an experienced mechanic re-time.
He will align the needle with the hook as it comes around to pick up the thread and sew a proper stitch.

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