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Won't pick up bobbin thread

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SOURCE: The machine won pick up the bobbin thread, it jams when starting

wont pick up thread from bobbin

Posted on Nov 28, 2009

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SOURCE: needle will not pick up bobbin thread when sewing

double check the upper and lower tensions they often need to be changed to suit types of fabric and threads

Posted on Dec 13, 2009

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SOURCE: My bobbin thread won't pick up. Its a new

Generally, this is because the needle is inserted wrong or because it's bent. In the first case, the top of the needle (called the shank) has a flat side-this has to be inserted so it faces the back or away from you.
In the second case, when a bent needle stops the top thread from picking up the bobbin thread. Even if you think your needle is fine, change it to see if this solves the problem.


Posted on May 10, 2011

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SOURCE: Hi I just purchased a

Generally, this is because the needle is either inserted incorrectly or because it's bent. Even if it doesn't look bent, it can be ever so slightly that you can't even see it with the naked eye. See if changing the needle corrects the problem, and be sure to insert the needle with the flat side of the shaft facing away from you.

Good luck, Linda!

Posted on May 17, 2011

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SOURCE: All of a sudden the needle won't pick up the

Check the tension. Make sure the bobbin tension isn't too tight and/or that the top tension isn't too loose. If the bobbin tension is too tight it won't be able to be drawn up and make the stitch. If the top tension isn't tight enough it also won't be able to draw the thread up. They need to be balanced to work together.

Test the bobbin tension by dangling the bobbin (in the casing) by the thread and give a slight flick of your wrist. It should drop down a bit as the thread is released. If it hits the floor it is too loose btw. If it doesn't drop a bit without great yanking it is too tight.

Then check your top tension and make sure there's a bit of resistance when you pull on the thread.

If you're having a lot of problems first try sewing on a plain cotton material and examine the stitch when set to a wide zig zag. When you get it adjusted so it sews that correctly then go back to what you were sewing on and make sure you have the right size and type of needle and that it is inserted correctly.

One of those things should correct the problem.

Posted on Jun 11, 2011

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