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Not picking up the bobbin thread

The upper thread makes big loops on the bottom of the material but it doesn't pick up the bobbin thread. Have cleaned the machine and tried tightening the bobbin with did not help.

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  • blount1951 Jan 12, 2009

    I checked the needle and it in correctly. Bobbin thread still will not pick up.

  • julesatc Jan 13, 2009

    I am having the same problem. Just got it back from being serviced and still making big loops and not catching bobbin. I am also hearing a knocking noise.

  • blount1951 Jan 15, 2009

    It isn't making the big loops anymore but it acts like it is sewing but it isn't. It is making a slight noise. Maybe it is time to send take it to the repair shop. Thanks for everyones help.



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Make sure the needle is facing the right way. If it's in backwards it won't pick up the bobbin thread.

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

  • Mininet Jan 15, 2009

    Hmmm, my only other idea is to make sure it's threaded properly, that it didn't come out of a loop somewhere. Or make sure the bobbin is in the case the right way. Other than that, it could be the timing which would require a repair shop visit. :(



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