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Pfaff 1196, needle won't pick up bobbin thread. Can I fix that?

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First, be sure you install a brand new needle. Old, damaged needles frequently will not pick up the bobbin thread. If not that, then the machine is out of time. Search the internet for sites and videos discussing sewing machine timing or take it for service.

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Posted on Dec 18, 2016

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  • Gary Byrum
    Gary Byrum Dec 18, 2016

    I did the new needle. Same problem. Looked at videos. Nothing looks like the Pfaff 1199 I have. I need to see a close-up of needle positioning with the bobbin hook to check alignment. Can't seem to locate a pic of that.

  • Gary Byrum
    Gary Byrum Dec 18, 2016

    On a 2nd note, It appears the needle thread does loop around the bobbin thread, but it won't pull it up through the hole.

  • R.A. Ellis
    R.A. Ellis Dec 19, 2016

    The pfaff looks a lot like the Bernina 830 Record. Perhaps this would help:http://www.wikihow.com/Adjust-Sewing-Mac...

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  • R.A. Ellis
    R.A. Ellis Dec 19, 2016

    You can also try submitting your question to the Yahoo Groups: Pfaff_fixit or oldpfaffpforum Groups of very knowledgeable and helpful Pfaff enthusiasts. (You'll need a Yahoo email account and request group membership)--

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    R.A. Ellis Dec 19, 2016

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/links-resou...

  • Gary Byrum
    Gary Byrum Dec 19, 2016

    Wow! A link to a repair manual! Thanks a bunch! Hopefully I'll get somewhere with the likes of this.

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