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The needle thread will not pick up the bobbin thread

Everything looks right -- I have rethreaded the machine and rewound the bobbin several times and changed the needle. I took it apart and cleaned an oiled it, but still the top thread will not pick up the bobbin thread.

My machine is a Bernina 1260 -- not listed in the product list.

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  • sherri59tkd Apr 29, 2009

    I was sewing and her a noise as if my needle broke but it hadn't. The needle was stuck in a down position so I took it apart, cleaned, oiled and now I can't get the needle thread to pick up the bobbin thread. I've rethread and checked everything over and over to no avail. Another thing is that the little piece that holds the needle keeps falling off???

    Have you found a solution yet? I have the same machine, Bernina 1260


  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    was doing an embroidery pattern, and on final color, the machine jammed. Took apart, cleaned, put on new needle and rethreaded machine. Would not pick up the bottom thread. Measage said the top thread was broke, but it wasn't ??

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It looks right but its not. Try looking on the internet for threading instructions. The bobbin winds in two directions, I have never saw a Bernina but I have 2 new machines and the thread goes in and then threads back to the left. Its hard to describe. But if the bobbin isn't right it will not pick up the thread. Write to Bernina for instructions. There are websites that have the directions for free.

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