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Top thread won't pick up the bobbin thread

While I was sewing, using the feather stitch, the needle came loose & fell out of place. I changed the needle and when I continued to sew, the top thread won't pick up the bobbin thread. I cleaned the lint out of the bobbin area, but it still won't work.

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  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    bobbin thread loose

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Re insert the needle, maybe you did not put the needle up as far as it is to go. Make sure the flat side of the needle is to the back of the machine. Without any thread in the machine hand turn the wheel and look to see if the hook of your bobbin would/could catch the thread (to see if timing is right)
then thread the machine and hand turn the wheel and see what it is doing.
Your timing might be off, but I do not think that is likely. Though it is possible that when the needle fell out, it hit something hard, broke, and pushed the machine out of timing. then you need to bring it in.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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    Louise Framst Jan 30, 2014

    It was suggested that it is 'stripped'. Could the screw and/or the allen wrench be stripped?

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