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How do I access the lower thread bobbin area?

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Depends on the machine. What make and model is it?

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What to do to fix the bobbin thread from jamming up everytime


There are a couple of reasons that can cause this.
a. Raise the pressure foot. As you load the top thread give small tugs to check for snags. They must be stopped.
b. Once the top threading is done on top lower the pressure foot. Now, give a tug on the thread. Is the tension really hard or just average? You may need to lower the tension to stop the jamming of the bobbin thread.
c. Clean the bobbin area. Check the bobbin tension and adjust as you need to.
d. Put a drop of oil on the race. (Thing the bobbin case sits on)
e. As the bobbin hook (sharp thing) is rotating does the bobbin case move back and forth a lot. You may need to adjust the bar that is next to the bobbin case so it can't rotate. Usually you will need to move it forward.
SEE INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO ADJUST THE BOBBIN. TENSION OF UPPER AND LOWER THREAD MUST BE RIGHT.

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Nov 28, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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It says check for broken thread and the thread isn't broken


Pull both the top thread and the lower thread bobbin off. Check if there is thread caught in anywhere along the running mechanism, especially in the lower bobbin area. If there is no thread caught make sure the tension on the thread is not to tight.

Oct 01, 2014 | Baby Lock Esante

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When attempting to free motion quilt, bottom thread is not being picked up


You must lower the presser foot to use the free motion/darning foot.

Dec 04, 2013 | Brother Sewing Machines

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I have threaded the machine according to the manual and everytime I go to sew something the thread from the top gets all tangled up underneath where the lower bobbin is stored and causes it to jam up.


Sounds like the top thread is not under tension, check the tension dial is working. Usually thread issues on the bottom originate from top tension problems.

Lower the pressure foot and pull the top thread in the thread path after the tension discs - should be firm and resist pulling.

If not, check threading again and pull the thread in between the tension discs to get into tension - sometimes turning down to zero, threading, then turning up to 5 (or your usual tension setting) will do the trick.

But if not, the tension discs might need a clean/service or could be faulting. You can try cleaning yourself (might be in your manual) by turning to zero, then running the selvage edge of a clean piece of waste thin cotton fabric between the discs (like flossing) and see what comes out. However, some machines the discs are not so easy to access and clean, check your manual and see if instructions are given to clean them.

Other possibility is that something in the bobbin hook area is catching the top thread and causing the thread jam up, again, clean this area, and check the needle plate for any sharp edges underneath around the hole where the needle goes in, see if something has been damaged down here.

Lastly, check that the bobbin is in the bobbin case the right way and rotating in the right direction.

Your manual may also give you some trouble shooting advice but I find 80% of the time, its tension, bobbin winding/threading, top threading, or dodgy needles causing the problems.

May 05, 2011 | Brother XL-5130 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My wife has a model 9110 sewing machine. It has stop picking up the thread from the bobin. Can you help on this fix?


Put new needle in

Make sure you have a 3-5 inch thread tail on both top thread & bobbin
Then hold the top thread tail with your fingers (away from the needle)
& use the hand wheel on the right hand side of machine & slowly lower needle into bobbin area & see if it will pick up the bobbin thread that way

rethread the bobbin,,also check the bobbin area for lint or loose threads

if none of these suggestions work, then the machine could be out of time & would need to be repaired

Nov 13, 2010 | Euro-Pro Sewing Machines

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The top thread won't catch the bobbin thread to pull it through. It almost seems like it doesn't go around to pick it up. Or is the bobbin thread supposed to pop up more for pick up? This is my Mom's...


check the needle to see if it's damaged
have a thread tail for the top thread & bobbin thread of 3-4 inches
try this & see if it helps you
make sure there's a 3-4 inch bobbin thread then, hold the top thread tail (3-4 inches) with your fingers away from the needle & then use the handwheel on the right side of the machine & lower the needle down into the bobbin area & see if it pick up the bobbin thread that way
make sure there's no lint or loose threads in bobbin area

Sep 24, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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Will not pick up bobbin thread


you might check your needle to see if it's damaged
make sure you have a least a 3-4 inch thread tail for top & bobbin
try holding the top thread tail & manually move the handwheel on the right side of the sewing machine to lower the needle to the bobbin area & see if that works.
make sure there is no lint or loose threads in bobbin area

Sep 24, 2010 | Riccar Sewing Machines

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Thread breaks on the bottom when sewing


check the needle to see if it's damaged
lower thread tension may be to tight
check to bobbin & bobbin case for burrs
check for loose threads in bobbin area

Sep 23, 2010 | Elna 1010

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My bobbin thread will not thread. When I bring the needle down, it comes up without the bobbin thread. The mechanism moves, but no thread. How do I fix this problem?


check the bobbin to make sure it's not warped
check the needle to make sure it's not bent-roll on flat surface to see if it roll correctly
make sure the bobbin is in the bobbin case correctly
make sure you have a 3 to 4 inch tail on the bobbin-so the upper thread can pick it up easily
make sure you have a 3 to 4 inch tail on upper thread also as it picks up the lower thread
or you can hold the upper thread with your hand to the side of the machine & use the handwheel to lower the needle as it picks up the lower thread
pull both threads to the back behind the needle
make sure there is no lint or loose threads in the bobbin area

Sep 01, 2010 | White Sewing 2200 Multi-Tasker

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Needle won't move; something stuck/dislodged


Can you remove the bobbin? Sometimes when thread gets bunched up under the lower plate it will force the bobbin out of position. Try taking it out and cleaning any loose thread and lint from the area. Put a couple of drops of oil on the outside of the bobbin case and re-insert it. Make sure you lower the needle and pull the bobbin thread through to the top and back behind the needle before beginning to sew again.
Hope this works!
Zelma

Jan 18, 2008 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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