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Bobbin area will not work

I have a old singer model 834 my mother in law just gave me i threaded the needle right but the bobbin area will not work at all i put the bobbin in pulled it threw the notches but i dont understand how it is supposed to work when the bobbin thread is no where near the needle , how can i get it to thread up threw i have no clue i have tried everything please help

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There should be a spinning cover with a hook that fits over the bobbin. Normally, you just pull the bobbin thread out through the swinging/sliding plate hole. Turn the machine by hand toward you (at the top) until the needle dives into and comes back with both threads. Separate the threads and assuming that the thread tension above the needle is set correctly, feed a piece of material in to see if it sews correctly. The tension is set so that the thread is even on both sides of the material. Let the machine pull the material through at it's own pace, your function is to guide the material.

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