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Bobbin issues My machine was working perfectly fine when i had to add more thread to my bobbin. Now the bottom thread will not feed through. this is a new machine. i have oiled everything where the bobbin sits in and cleaned the area. i also changed needle because it also broke.

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Re: Bobbin issues

I bet you have put the needle in the wrong round, most common fault, check it and see, don't put too much oil in the bobbin case area, Ken

Posted on Sep 18, 2007

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If your machine is not sewing on the bottom or making stacks of thread called (bird nesting) there are several simple fixes for this and some not so simple.
First you need to make sure that you are threading the bobbin into the holder correctly, Insure that you pull the end of the thread through the little slit on the side of the bobbin and that the thread is somewhat snug but not hard to pull.
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I hope that this has helped you, I know what it\'s like not to have a working sewing machine.
Best of luck and thanks for using

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