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Brother sewing machine bobbin not catching thread

Machine appears to be sewing okay, but pulls thread on 4th or 5th stitch and breaks top thread, no stitches are made, big ball of bobbin thread on back of fabric

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Sounds like you've got an extra turn of thread around something that shouldn't have it.

Take all the thread off the machine, spool off the spool pin, and rethread from scratch with the presser foot up.

Posted on May 22, 2014

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