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Needle will not pick up bobbin threat

My Euro-Pro Shark 473 was bunching the thread under the fabric when sewing and also wrapping the thread around the shuttle driver. The Euro-Pro website states that the upper thread is probably threaded wrong, but I followed the instructions verbatim and had sewed one seam on the fabric with no problem, but when I tried to sew the next seam, this occurred. I removed the shuttle driver cleared the thread that was around it and replaced the bobbin, but now the needle is not picking up the bobbin thread. The website states that for that problem, a technician should check it out since the timing was probably forced (whatever that means). I paid less than $100 for the machine and haven't used it more than three times in the past two years. I hate to incur an expense like this after such short usage. Has anyone dealt with this problem before and fixed it on their own? same here, after changing the bottom case, it won't pick u pthe thread !

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Try flipping the bobbin spool so the thread comes off in the other direction.
Forcing means that the needle has been jammed against the sewing plate ant the needle is now out of timing with the bobbin pickup.

Posted on May 31, 2009

  • iplyball Oct 16, 2010

    so how would you fix the problem or do we need to find someone to repair

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