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My bobbin thread isn't being picked up by my needle. I have replaced the needle and made sure it was in the right way-- flat side to the back of the machine. How do if fix this?!?

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How do I put bobbin in despite machine

The needle could be facing the wrong direction. The owners manual should show how to do this. On most machines, the flat part faces the back of the machine. But if the bobbin case is installed from the left side rather than from the front, the needle's flat side may face the right side of the machine. In the latter case, the thread is threaded from the left side through the needle's eye.

Be sure you are using a brand new needle. A bent/damaged needle may not pick up the bobbin thread.

If it still does not pick up the bobbin thread, the needle/hook timing may be off. There are multiple web sites and videos discussing sewing machine timing, or you can take it for service.


Sep 12, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Needle does not pick up bobbin thread

1. Replace needle. Make sure the needle is pointing the right direction and all the way in.
2. Make sure the thread from the bobbin is extended three inches. It must be with the appropriate tension. (Follow guide attached).
3. While threading the machine do it with the pressure foot up and give little tugs to insure there are no hangups.
4. Once successfully threading the machine hold the top thread under the foot towards the back while turning the hand wheel towards you.
5. It should pick up the bobbin thread.
6. Once again; make sure the needle is inserted the right direction.
7 If this doesn't work monitor the bobbin case if it is on top. If it moves fairly back and forth easily the holders on each side of the case might need to be tightened.




Jun 04, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Needle cant grab thread in bobbin

Make sure you get a new needle, put it in RIGHT. usually flat side to back. Make sure your bobbin is turning in the case CLOCKWISE
Usually it is a bent needle, or it is in wrong. Also, make sure your thread in going through the eye of the needle, and not twisted around the needle.

Mar 22, 2014 | Sewing Machines

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Needle won't pick up bobbin thread

check to make sure that the needle was put into the needle holder correctly
all the way up into the needle holder--flat side of the needle to the back side of the machine
if the machine still doesn't up the bobbin thread then
it's possible that when the needle broke that it caused the machine to go out of time which means it has to be retime at a sewing machine shop

Feb 28, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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My machine is new and worked briefly but now . . . . the machine is threaded correctly and the bobbin is placed correctly. When turning the knob for the initial pick up of the bobbin thread, it does not...

You have described your problem just fine. Have you just changed the needle in your machine? If so, check it is in the right way, you want the flat shank to the back.

The needle has a scarf (scoop out) at the back - if it is facing to the front then the rotary hook (bit that goes around the bobbin and catches the top thread) can't catch the needle thread behind the needle.

Also check needle is fully up into the housing, this could also cause problem.

I'd suggest that you visit and check out the pages on general sewing machine use, care and threading up, lots of helpful pictures and information which may be of assistance to you.

If it isn't your needle backwards (very easy to get wrong, happens all the time), then the timing could be out, which isn't so easy, but as its new I'd be very suprised if this was the fault. Just check needle, make sure top and bottom threads are threaded correctly and have another go. Also, remember to turn flywheel towards you.

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My bobbin thread will not thread. When I bring the needle down, it comes up without the bobbin thread. The mechanism moves, but no thread. How do I fix this problem?

check the bobbin to make sure it's not warped
check the needle to make sure it's not bent-roll on flat surface to see if it roll correctly
make sure the bobbin is in the bobbin case correctly
make sure you have a 3 to 4 inch tail on the bobbin-so the upper thread can pick it up easily
make sure you have a 3 to 4 inch tail on upper thread also as it picks up the lower thread
or you can hold the upper thread with your hand to the side of the machine & use the handwheel to lower the needle as it picks up the lower thread
pull both threads to the back behind the needle
make sure there is no lint or loose threads in the bobbin area

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Needle will not pick up thread from bobbin

Was the old needle picking up the bobbin thread ok? If it was, then there's nothing wrong with the machine. Check that the needle is inserted correctly--there's a flat side on the shank of the needle and where that goes varies widely by machine. Then check that it's threaded properly.

(I once had my needle in backwards and threaded wrong--took the machine to the shop cause I was sure my baby was broken. Cost me $85.00 to find out that on that particular machine the flat side of the needle faces left!)

Let me know if this helps!


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make sure your needle's flat bit shows to the back and it is in deep anough. else your timing is out.

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Bobbin thread won't "pick up" right

Check that you have the needle inserted properly i.e if the needle shank has a flat side make sure you have it inserted per your instruction book ... also make sure the needle is inserted all the way. Also double check that you are using the correct needle type.

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Machine will not pick up the bobbin thread.

if your machine's needle threads from front to back, make sure that the flat part of the needle shank points to the rear of the machine. If it threads from left to right, the flat side should face right, etc.

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