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I have a Pfaff Tiptronic 1171. After I have put thread on the bobbin using a Pfaff type bobbinand making sure the pin on the bobbin threader is in the hole on the bobbin, and inserted it into the bobbin case and threaded it through correctly, the thread won't feed through the bobbin case. It only comes out if you yank on it hard,which I tried after having adjusted the tension screw in both directions. I've tried this with several different threaded bobbins and have the same problem. If I insert the bobbin into the machine and try to sew with it, the thread breaks or it doesn't sew the material together.

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  • dani219 Jul 23, 2009

    Thank you! You're explanation makes sense. I'll get it serviced.



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The tensioner itself has gone out of adjustment beyond the screw adjustment capabilities. The tensioner will need to be serviced to insure it is correct. While they have it have them do a full service on the machine. They usually adjust all of the tensions and settings when they do maintainance. This way you do not get charged double. Hope this helps. Please re-post with updates or questions. If you feel that the solution has helped then please accept and rate. Thanks cj2176. sorry for the mis-spelled words. My spell check is on the fritz. Thanks again.

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