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Will not pick up bobbin thread

My sister broke a needle and after I replaced it, it does not pick up the bobbin thread. There is no burr on the hook, and the bobbin appears to be in correctly.

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  • nicholem Apr 09, 2009

    help!! I've been sewing with this machine for 5 years and I have sewn a lot.... the thread jammed and the needle broke... after replacing the needle, it will not pick up the bobbin thread... I saw the post about adjusting the needle arm.. but I don't think that would fix the problem, would it?? I would love some help with this...




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I am having the same problem with my embroidery machine. I am waiting to hear if it is the timeing. And if i can fix it myself.

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