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Bobbin thread won't pick up when attempting to sew?

I was able to get the bobbin thread to pick up one time and pull through to the top. But when attempting to sew, the top thread does not pick up bobber thread.

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Check needle to insure it is not bent.
Check thread tension .

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First thing to do is fit a BRAND NEW needle - ensure it is the correct type AND that it has been fitted facing the correct direction (it could be bent ever so slightly .... not detectable to your eye) Next recheck thread path - use a QUALITY thread (not a cheapie). Esure that the bobbin has been wound on tightly (should not feel spongy when pressed with your nail) and that the bobbin has been inserted correctly into the bobbin case (can go two ways, but the thread will not be feeding correctly unless the bobbin is in the correct way. Still not picking up? .... remove the shuttle hook from the machine and check VERY carefully for ANY slight burring on the hook point, or anywhere along the edges of the hook behind the point. If there are any, they will need to be carefully removed using 400 or finer wet and dry abrasive. None of these solve the issue, then it most likely is timing or the clearance between the needle scarf and the hook - both best done by a technician as part of a routine service :)

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3. You need a ballpoint rather than universal needle to sew on t-shirt knits.
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Second: Remove all the threads. RAISE the presser foot. Rethread from the beginning making sure it is threaded correctly.
Pull up the bobbin thread before beginning to stitch and hold the thread tails in the left hand while slowly taking the first few stitches:

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If still having issues with not pulling up the bobbin thread, the needle/hook may be out of time.

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Did you check the tension? Sometimes when doing lettering or other specialty stitches you would lesson the thread tension which affects the bobbin thread behavior; did you remember to increase it again before switching back to plain sewing? (Though I would still expect it to pick up the bobbin thread... if it's not picking up bobbin thread then I wonder how the loops are being left on the back side of the fabric; it's the tension of the bobbin thread that keeps the top thread from just pulling through. I'm adding this because maybe that's a clue?)

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It is time for cleaning. Open up machine and use a hair dryer to loosen dried grease. Use a qtip to remove dry grease. If done the right way it will take a while to do this. Moving parts that are moving has to be lubricated to lower friction and wear. Use only sewing machine oil. Lubricate the needle arm while it goes up and down and the race with one drop of oil. The race is a little area under the bobbin case that looks like a race track. Replace needle. This area should also be cleaned thoroughly. Set top tension to four. Pull on the thread to feel how much pull it requires to make the thread move. This is the same pull you will need for the bobbin. You may need to adjust the bobbin by turning the screw to get the right tension. It cannot be loose. The attempt is to get the exact same tension as the top tension just like a tug of war. After cleaning you may change your thread. It might be too old to use. Once all of these have been done you can thread the top and use one hand on the hand wheel to bring the bobbin thread up. It should come up easily. Try your machine. Leave the top tension set at four. If the stitches aren't so good make minute adjustments on the bobbin until you have a beautiful stitch. The top tension and bobbin tension must be the same pull. If you have done all this and it still doesn't give you a good stitch you will need to have it timed from your local pro.

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Inserting a new bobbin:
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  3. Pass the thread from the bobbin, under the bobbin case spring, and toward the back of the machine.
  4. Slide bobbin cover back into position.

You can obtain a copy in pdf format for free at:

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