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Not being notified when the bottom bobbin thread is running out

I have a husqvarna quilt designer II. It wont beep when the bottom bobbin thread is running out and it seems to be slow to let me know when the thread breaks. I have had it serviced and the repair man wasnt sure what the problem was. He thought maybe the sensor. He didnt have one in stock to try it. Any ideas? He tried some adjustments and a new bobbin case.

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There is a light sensor that "shines" through the bobbin and lets the computer know when your low on thread. If you were looking straight down on the bobbin it's beam runs from the 10 O'clock positoin to the 5 O'clock positoin straight through the bobbin. Sometimes lint gets in the way of the sensor on the left side.(the 10 O'clock side) Take out your bobbin case, turn the handwheel until the opening on the spinning thread hook in the machine exposes the 10 O'clock positoin and using a can of air or a compressor, blast that area to knock the lint out of the sensor. The sensor is located below the gray plastic housing to the left of your bobbin area. You won't be able to see it but you can see a slightly raised area in the plastic that covers it if you inspect the area. You have to tilt the machine back and look under the gray bed to see the "updent" in the plastic. Blow out that area for your best chance. Other than that It could be a number of adjustments and even a bad sensor. Good Luck

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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