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#15718: Needle thread will not catch & pull up bobbin thread. Worked great until today!

Have used this machine for years. It is threaded correctly, bobbin inserted correctly. Needle goes down into bobbin area, bobbin turns but needle comes up without the bobbin thread. Tension on both needle & bobbin are great & am using a new Kenmore needle. Help! Have boyscout pants to hem for today.

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You could have a timing problem with the machine.

Posted on Jun 05, 2015

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SOURCE: the bobbin thread on sewing machine will not catch

how do you retime

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Not catching stitches / bobbin correctly

Your timing has been messed up by breaking the needle.  When the needle hit the bobbin race, it shoved the needle bar up and now the needle is not in the correct position to catch the bobbin thread when the race rotates.  The needle has a little dip in the back, called the scarf.  When you take the neddle plate off and watch it move, you should see the little hook pass through the scarf.  That's how it makes the locking stitch and picks up the bobbin thread.  Unfortunately, you will need to take this in to a dealer or service place to have them adjust the needle bar height.  It's not a complicated task so see if they can check it while you wait.  It may be more difficult to fix, like retiming the machine.  But it doesn't sound like you've done any major damage to the mechanism.

Posted on Feb 08, 2009

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SOURCE: STITCHES DEEP TO BOBBIN SIDE HAVE CHANGED

You do need an oiling and cleaning. Also, try adjusting on the bobbin cover by turning th little screw with a small screwdriver. Keep adjusting and testing until you get the loops just as you want them...

Posted on Aug 05, 2009

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SOURCE: Bobbin won't come up!!!!!

This is going to sound silly, but take out the needle and check that the flat side of the needle is facing the way the instruction books says it's supposed to. Unless the flat side of the needle is facing where it's supposed to for your machine (usually--but not always--to the rear, away from you), the upper thread will not make a loop.

(Cost me $85.00 to figure this one out.)


Happy sewing!

Robbie

Posted on Feb 01, 2010

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(1) Check the needle or replace with a new one. A needle has a groove in one side of it and that is the side that the thread enters the needle. Some thread from the side and some from the front.
(2) Before sewing, manually turn the wheel to make the needle goes down while holding the needle thread with your left hand. When the bottom thread pulls up, pull both threads toward the back of the machine before sewing.
(3) Make sure that the needle si the correct needle for the machine and that it is not too short.
(4) Make sure your pressure foot has been lowered. Sounds silly, but if you lift is high it might just look like it is engaged.
(5) Try it on two ply fabric first and try both a straight stitch and a zig zag and see if you have problems with either.
(6) Make sure your thread is really machine thread and not hand sewing thread.
(7) Make sure the bobbin thread is feeding off the bobbin spool in the right direction.
(8) Anything other than these is probably a tension problem or a bobbin timing problem.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011

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Hi

Thanks for using FixYa. The upper thread could be tangled. Remove the thread completely from the machine. The correct size spool cap should be used for the size of the thread spool. Re-thread the machine according to the directions in the manual.

Place a spool of thread on a spool pin and check the upper threading.
Remove the bobbin and make sure the bobbin is threaded properly in the shuttle race. Remove any loose threads or lint in the shuttle race.

Also please check that the bobbin is installed in its case rightly. Needle thread is too tight. Hold the thread lightly to keep the end from going down into the shuttle.

The needle could be thread incorrectly. Thread the needle eye from the front to the back.
The needle could be bent or improperly inserted and install a new needle with the flat side of the needle facing the back.

Please do rate the solution and revert for further assistance.


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