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Machine wont pick up bobbin thread

Ok. I am loosing my mind and cant find why my machine wont pick up my bobbin thread. The book does not say anything about it. I cant seem to get the support page from Kenmore to come up. Any thoughts?

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Re: Machine wont pick up bobbin thread

Hi,try loosening your needle and pull it down a fraction then tighten it back up,i had same problem,good luck

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Re: Machine wont pick up bobbin thread

Install a brand new needle--make sure it is the correct needle for your machine and that it is installed correctly.

Rethread the machine from the very beginning--BUT be sure to RAISE the presser foot before threading the upper thread so it will seat properly in the tension disk.


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Re: Machine wont pick up bobbin thread

Make sure that you have installed a NEW needle, and made sure that the needle flat side is facing the rear of the machine. Now check it.

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You haven't stated the exact model, but the principle for picking up the spool thread is pretty universal.

After loading the spool into the bobbin case and correctly threading the spool, pull the thread up through the sliding cover plate to lie on the machine bed and mostly close the cover.

Lift the presser foot, thread the needle and then advance the balance wheel slowly so that the needle goes down and then returns up. If the machine is correctly threaded, correctly adjusted , has an unbent needle and the needle is appropriate to the thread size, then it should pick up the bobbin thread. Just pull on the loose end of the needle thread and the loop with the bobbin thread should come up through the needle hole. Pull both threads to the right from where they have just emerged, allowing the loose end of the bobbin thread to disappear beneath the cover plate before re-emerging through the needle hole. Close the cover fully, lower the foot onto the work and start sewing.

If the above fails, then check that the spool is loaded the correct way around into the bobbin. It makes no difference to many models, but does to some. If you don't have the instruction book then just try both ways. It also helps to ensure that the machine is correctly maintained with no build ups of lint and correctly oiled with sewing machine oil. This is a light oil grade but has additives to ensure that it sticks where it's needed, "3-in-1" brand oil can be used but may need to be applied more frequently and the machine will need cleaning more often.

If the pick up still doesn't work, then your machine needs to go for repair as it either has a damaged bobbin or a screw has come loose in the mechanism causing the machine to lose timing. For older Singer models, all of the timing and servicing information is available free on the web. Just enter your model number followed by "manual" or "service".

Good luck, please add a comment if any of my answer has puzzled you, but otherwise I'd appreciate it if you would take a moment to rate my reply.

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