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Needle not catching bobbin thread at all

The needle isn't catching the bobbin thread at all, does anyone have any solutions? I have rethreaded from restart, tried new thread and bobbin and checked direction of bobbin.

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Did you change the needle? If that doesn't solve the problem then it's probably out of time. Take it in for repair.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012

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SOURCE: I cannot get the needle to catch the bobbin thread

sounds like your keeping the upper thread too tight when you drop your needle down to catch the bobbin or the bobbin thread that you left hang out is too short, let me know if it works amy

Posted on Sep 04, 2008

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SOURCE: Thread in needle or bobbin keeps on breaking

The tread only breaks in the needle. what can i do . i don't get to sew anything . I tread the needle and get everything ready and start the machine and as quickly as that the tread is broken and the machine has not sewn at all.

Posted on Apr 07, 2009

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SOURCE: needle and hook out of time.

I think this is what is wrong with mine as well... did any one offer you a solution? if so could you get back to me on I think i put my bobin in wrong?

Posted on May 30, 2007

SOURCE: The bobbin thread is not

try a new needle
make sure the bobbin is not warped
make sure the bobbin case area is free of lint or loose thread
make sure you hold the upper thread tail while it's going down to pick up the bobbin thread
make sure there is a 2 to 4 in tail for the upper thread to grab

Posted on Aug 02, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a brother pe 770 and the bobbin will not

You need to sew the first stitch slowly. Lower the needle by hand and take up carefully. Pull the needle thread up and the bobbin thread should be caught in the formed loop and come with it. Pull them both to the back of the machine and sew.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010

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