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Bobbin thread won't catch

The Bobbin thread no longer will feed up and catch with the upper thread. I was sewing and the thread became snarled; I stopped and cleared the snarling and attempted to re-thread the machine. The thread won't catch. I unthreaded the upper thread, and removed the bobbin, replaced and rethreaded it and tried again, but to no avail. I cleaned the area around the bobbin and the feed dogs with my brush and that made no difference. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

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  • DLissious Nov 30, 2007

    I have a Singer and I'm having the same problem. I got my mom's machine for backup, and it did the same thing. I didn't change any of the tension on the machine. I changed to a different type of bobbin thread and that helped a little, but it's still not right.

  • kats_zoo Aug 14, 2008

    I am having a prooblem with my bobbin won't catch, and when it does it gets all narreled up . PLEASE HELP




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I've just had this exact problem with my model 2037. The problem, according to 3 shops I've taken mine to, is that the shuttle hook (the metal piece that the bobbin sits in) is broken and needs replaced. Problem is, the piece is next to impossible to find. 

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