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

Cleaned and oiled the bobbin compartment. Tried adjusting tension screw on bobbin case. Still not catching.

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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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