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How do I fix a thread cutter that is jamming on the Elena Xpressive 820

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SOURCE: My automatic thread cutter jams in the bobbin and will not cut thread. Everything else wotks fine. This is a singer quantom 9960, have had less than a month.

If it's a new machine, you may be able to take it back to the vendor. Otherwise, it is probably covered under warranty.

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Was sewing and the bobbin ran out and it seemed to jam, I used the cut thread button and it made a funny grinding sound, error appears. Turned off machine and it come on and still the grinding sound and...

Taking those parts out was a good idea. Some machines you can engage your thread cutter with the bobbin etc. removed. Try this . Make sure your presser foot is down and you fingers are out of the way. see if the sound is still there. if so, I would recomment you take it in for service. The jam could have knocked the cutter out of alignment.

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