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(1) bobbin does not supply thread (2) cant switch to stitching mode

Hi, I bought this product more than a year ago and unfortunately could not use it even once, till date. I am a learner not a sewing expert. Apparently I am facing two problems : 1. Needle keeps hitting at one place only, cloth does not move. 2. When I put the thread into needle and try to get thread from bobbin, it does not happen. Please help me to resolve my problem. If Kenmore has any support/training or repair centre in Fremont CA or close to Fremont, please give me the name of contact person, address and phone number.I can vist them and get my problem solved. OR I can buy if you have some user manual or guide lines available. Would appreciate a solution to my problem ASAP Thanks and Regards, Manju Mishra

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SOURCE: needle won't grab bobbin thread

Check the position of the needle. Some machines have to have the needle in a certain way or they won't pick up the thread from the bobbin. Make sure the screw on the bobbin is tight but not to tight you may have to adjust it a few times to get it where it needs to be. Also make sure the bobbin is wound tight

Posted on Oct 14, 2008

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SOURCE: can't wind bobbin kenmore 16221 sewing machine, no manual

On the right side of the machine there is a large knob at the top. Pull that out and you can wind your bobbin. Don't forget to push it back in so you can sew :)

Posted on May 02, 2009

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SOURCE: my needle keeps hitting the bobbin casing...have

Your timing is off. There should be a ruber belt behind your hand wheel, if you take off the case around it; you should be able to adjust your timing of the bobbin casing.

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Sounds like you need to retime the machine, if you email me I can attach instructions

Posted on Jun 26, 2010

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I discovered the same problem. What I figured out (after having the machine "repaired" several times) is that it seems as if the bobbin type may be the suspect. I started looking closely and it seems as if I have 2 different types of bobbins. So, I tried both types. Since I don't know the bobbin number(s), you will have to put up with my description .... the bobbin that is flat, top & bottom, seems to bunch up. The bobbin "bounces" when I sew. The bobbins that are rounded on the top and bottom don't seem to "bounce" and it doesn't bunch up the lower thread. Now, I have read my manual front to back and it does not say what bobbin type or number to use. So, if anyone knows, it would be a great help. I am assuming the correct bobbin is the "class 66" bobbin. Does anyone know for sure?

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I have an older Bernina 830. I am having what seem to be tention broblems with the stiches not forming and lots of thread being produced. The adjoining problem is that there is a rattling when I attem

What you're describing is commonly called a 'bird's nest' for fairly obvious reasons. There are, unfortunately, a number of things that can cause it.

Troubleshooting steps:

1. Clean it! I've seen machines that haven't been properly cleaned for years. If there is lint, dust or dirt in the bobbin area especially, the looper won't work correctly and the stitch won't form. Be sure to take out the bobbin when you do this.
2. Oil it. Follow your manufacturer's instructions for this. If you don't have a book, contact Bernina and get one.
3. Change the needle and check the tensioning disks to be sure that no lint, old thread, etc. has got caught in it.
4. Adjust the tension. This can be tricky, so take it in small increments. Here, again, a manufacturer's book is a godsend.
5. If none of this avails, or it only partially fixes the problem, take it to a reputable service center (most fabric, quilting, etc. stores have or know someone) and have them adjust the timing. Most machines need this done every 1-5 years depending upon the usage.

Good luck with it. I wish I had an older Bernina, they're good machines.

Feb 14, 2015 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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I have dv9117, whenever I use the special stitches or even just the zigzag, it just keep doing straight stitch. Did all the cleaning, re-threading, taking out the bobbin and rewound bobbin thread. Nothing...

aside from cleaning, with a thread bunching problem it's always good to change the needle and make sure the top thread has not come off the thread take up lever and make sure the bobbin is turned the correct way in the bobbin case.
as for the zig zag stitches, it sounds like a gear or cam could be damaged or worn.
if someone brought me a sewing machine with the same problem, the first thing I would check for is a damaged or worn gear..

Oct 01, 2013 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Bobbin thread is pulled through fabric on zigzag stitch

You need to adjust the tension of the stitching, it sounds as if the top stitch tension is looser than the lower in the bobbin.

Nov 02, 2012 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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Necchi 535FA--the tension seems to be off. The thread keeps breaking or pulling out of the needle. When i sew on cotton it was working then when I switched to a stretchy faux crushed velvet the tread...

Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs

Thank you and good luck.

Jun 06, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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E123@aol.comMy needle on my Bernina 1530 Inspiration just stopped going up and down whether I use the foot pedal or manually attempt to move the needle

This sounds like you have the machine in bobbin winding mode, just refer to your manual to take it out of bobbin winding mode. I'm not familier with your exact model, but the is typically a lever, or button that is used to wind bobbins, so the needle doesn't keep sewing without the bobbin thread in place.

Please rate my solution thanks

Mar 13, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Pfaff varimatic 6091 sew a rag quilt with jean and flannel,I can't get my tension right it seems to be funny on the bottom stitch,where shoulf the top tension be set at 4 1/2 ,when do I adjust the bobbin...

Hi! The bobbin tension rarely needs to be adjusted. First, make sure you're using the appropriate size needle and thread for your fabric (I'd probably use either a 'denim' needle or a universal size 14) and also that the upper thread and bobbin are threaded absolutely correctly. These can throw off the tension! Also, take the time to clean out the bobbin area. That can throw your stitch off also.

If the stitch on the bottom is loose, so that you see the top threads, then the top tension is too loose. If the top stitch is too loose and you see the bobbin threads on top, then the top tension is too tight.

It helps to thread the machine with different color thread on top and in the bobbin, and then stitch an inch or so on the same type of fabric as you're using in your quilt. Check the stitch. If you need to adjust the top tension, make sure the pressure foot is down! Adjust a little, stitch a few inches, and check again. Repeat until you don't see any (or very little) bobbin thread on the top or top thread on the bottom.

If you go through all these steps, and the bobbin thread is still loose (and you've tightened up the top tension), then there is a tiny little screw on the side of the bobbin case that you can use to adjust the bobbin tension. Turn the screw just a little bit (less than a quarter turn), stitch, check, etc. Once the bobbin tension is set, you shouldn't ever have to change it.

Let me know if this helps, ok?

Happy sewing!

Feb 10, 2010 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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Where can i get my sewing machine fixed? i have a Necchi sewing machine, and it does not work. i bought it two years ago and it was working perfectly. i've tried everything it said in the manual, but it...

make sure you have it threaded right and picking up thread at bobbin
brfore sewing i have seen a lot of people put the thread the wrong way through the needle and it will have this problem

Dec 31, 2009 | Necchi Sewing Machines

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I have just recently picked up sewing again. Haven't sewn in 30 years. Anyway.... I'm having an ongoing bobbin problem, or at least I think it's the bobbin. When I sew a straight stitch, the top stitch...

I think that is your problem. You should see a little slip in the bobbin holder. Hold the bobbin with one hand and pull the thread through the slot. I think that is where your notches are. The thread should not be real loose coming out of the bobbin. I hope this helps.

Oct 19, 2009 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Thread tangling and jamming under the plate

Sorry I do not have a solution but my Euro-Pro 1925 is doing the exact same thing yours is. Are you also getting a clicking sound and loose stitches on the bobbin side of the fabric? If you find anything out please let me know and I will do the same. I love my machine but I will never own another Euro-Pro product. I think the company sucks and does not stand behind their products. You can not find anything on the 1925 model and no one that can service it either. Thank you, Erica my email is Funny thing is my machine is only 3 years old.

Jan 04, 2009 | Euro-Pro 9125 Computerized Sewing Machine

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