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Your machine has a set screw on the needle bar. The scarf of your needle should be down at the same time the point of the hook comes behind it.

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Singer touch & sew model 625 won't pickup the thread from the bobbin.

If you are threading the machine correctly, the perhaps the bobbin and needle timing may be off. If you open and look at bobbin case; there is a hook. As you make the needle go up and down you can see if it is aligned or not. You can adjust the timing arm (screw) that allows the needle to go up and down to adjust the timing. It is located behind the face plate (left side of your sewing machine that opens). This link may show you what you are looking for.

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Adjust bobbin for needle clamp change. Needle will not pick up bobbing. Appears to be large gap between needle and looper

If the upper thread is not intercepting the bobbin thread, first try a brand new needle. Verify that it is installed correctly--the flat side is facing the correct direction.

If it still doesn't pick up the bobbin thread, it most likely has a timing issue, ie the needle is arriving at the wrong time to meet the bobbin thread. Take it for service or search the internet for multiple web sites and videos discussing sewing machine timing.


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I'm having a problem threading my brother sewing machine model XL 3010

1. Clean up any loose thread in the bobbin area.
2. Pull on the bobbin thread while it is out. It should give a tension that is equal to the top tension of three. You'll have to approximate. Adjust the screw tension on the bobbin. It is the screw nearest to the thread exit hole on the side.
3. Put it back in.
4. Now, the top tension should be at about three. If it still allows a little wad on the bottom of the fabric you can adjust the top tension by tightening a small amount and monitor each time you adjust. The wad should go away.

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remove the cover over the bobbin section so that you can see the needle bobbin carrier interaction
now turn the machine over by hand and watch the needle go down and start to come up
at this point the hook of the bobbin carrier should be very close to the needle just above the eye of the needle
It is at this point the the needle thread is picked up and run around the bobbin carrier to link up with the bobbin thread
if it is not there then take it in for an adjustment as the adjustment is done by loosening off the clamp on the vertical bar at the end of the machine that moves the needle up and down and positioning the needle in the position described
if the needle is hitting the bobbin and the timing is correct , replace the needle as it may be bent or not in properly

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I cannot get the upper and lower thread to catch when I try to sew... I've gone over the manual and done everything over and over... what could I be doing wrong? Thanks so much for any help

First your tension might be wrong. You should be able to pull it with little to no resistance. It is a feel thing you must learn. Also the bobbin might be too tight. There is an adjustment screw on the bobbin. You should also have this medium to tight. To tight and it will not knot with the top thread. Finally most of the time the needle is just not going down far enough into the bobbin area. Needle might be too short. If it is just let it down a little. Also very important that you have the groove on the needle facing the direction called for in your machine.

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Why doesn't needle thread pick up bobbin thread?

1. Make sure the bobbin has about two inches of thread away from the bobbin. Also, make sure the bobbin has been adjusted properly for tension.
2. While turning the hand wheel keep the needle thread pulled towards the back. The bobbin thread should come up above the throat plate.
NOW, IF THIS DIDN'T WORK: Take the machine to a repairman to be timed. This is when the bobbin hook (sharp thing around bobbin) picks up the needle thread. It has got to be at exactly the right time when the needle is going back upward.

Nov 18, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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The bobbin thread is not catching the upper thread. Can't even catch the thread initially. What can I do?

there is a possibility that the needle /bobbin timing is out
check this by inspecting the needle eye position in relation to the bobbin hook
the hook should be at the needle just above the eye if the timing is correct
the method for adjustment will be in the work shop manual for the machine , available from the manufacturer on line in pdf version
failing that take it in for a service and adjustment

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My needle jams when it hits the tray the bobbin case is in. It looks as if the timings off because just to the right of where my needle hits is a dip in the tray. Almost as if the needle's too long. I've...

If this is a drop-in/horizontal bobbin, raise the needle to it's highest position. Remove the bobbin case then replace it so it fits snugly into the shuttle. Hand walk to see if the case moves freely in a circle. If it stops, it is not positioned correctly. You do not have to have a needle in to test this.

Once you are sure the bobbin case is correctly in place, re-install the needle. Hand Walk to make sure the case turns without any interference.

If the needle continues to hit, then the machine needs to go into the shop for service.

There is a DIY for adjusting the timing of the hook if you wish to try the adjustment on your own.

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Timing the needle

That isn't the timing. If the hook is hitting the needle the hook is too far left - or close to the needle. It's adjustable by loosening the set screw at the base of the hook and by gently tapping the hook away from the needle. You want the hook to be close enough to the needle to pick up the thread loop that's formed just as the needle bar is rising.

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