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I can't get the needle to pick up the thread from bobbin why not?

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Take the thread out of the machine.

Make sure that a new needle is inserted properly; this is critical.

Place the presser foot up and turn the handwheel towards you until the take-up lever is at its highest position.

Thread the machine.

Always turn the handwheel towards you. If you look at it from the right side it should turn counter-clockwise.

If it still doesn't pick up the bobbin, reply.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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