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The bobbin willl not turn nor the needle go up and down

It is locked up the needle shaft will not turn

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What is the Make & Model? If it's an older mechanical machine, it could very well have seized due to lack of regular cleaning and oiling.

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

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Whatever the brand and model number, you can find the manual on line, and the company website will have a specific troubleshooting area.


Generally, it may be that it is not threaded correctly. Rethread the machine, both the top and the bobbin, following the machine diagrams and directions. There are YouTube tutorials for most brands and models available to assist.

Thread may be caught in the bobbin case. Remove the bobbin and bobbin case, pull out any stray threads or clumps of thread, then reset the bobbin case, replace the bobbin.

Make sure the needle is not bent, and is installed correctly. The machine will lock up if the needle is bent or not properly installed.

Posted on Aug 11, 2017

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SOURCE: while sewing the bobbin case moves, wheel locks up, needle locks

Im not sure if this will help but thought I would pass it along. My Pfaff 6122 tells me to check bobbin for thread unrolling clockwise before you place it back in the machine. I had mine turned to un roll counter clockwise, this is wrong, the bobbin will fall out when you pull on the thread while you are holding it in your hand. You may just keep putting it in backwards. Hope this works for you. J.R.

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How do I wet wind a 2 inchs long bobbin using varnish.

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SOURCE: Having trouble with bobbin thread. Needle not reaching bobbin.

They make so many needles now that it is hard to keep up. That does seam to be the problem though. Try a longer needle before you try to warranty the problem. I believe this will take care of the problem. Hope this helps. Please re-post with updates. Thanks.

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SOURCE: Locking disk on handwheel won't lock and I can't wind a bobbin

If the stop motion wheel is stuck and you can't free it the best way to do it is to stand at the end of the machine, get something that looks like a chisel or something that has a flat end even a screwdriver, put the end of the screwdriver in a slot on the left hand side of the stop motion and give it a sharp thump down, it worked for me for years, the only problem you may have is if you do not have any slots or grooves to put the screwdriver in.

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Force the balance wheel backwards, you may have thread stuck round the raceway

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Janome 6600. Needle came loose &fell down into the bobbin area. Needle did not break off. I took off the plate and manually tried to move a new needle and shaft up/down. needle is hitting something


If you did not get the old needle out, it may be blocking something. That old needle must be removed before you attempt to any further sewing. Try removing the bobbin case from the machine and looking in there to see if you can locate and remove the old needle. Sometimes, I've had to turn the machine sideways or upside down and shake it to dislodge the needle.

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Open the bobbin area and hand rotate the handwheel while watching the needle action. If it is hitting, you should see it. If that is the case, the machine may be out of time and need service.

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My Necchi Sofia 300. When winding bobbin the needle doesn't disengage and the matching makes a dreadful grinding noise as it winds the bobbin


Try putting a small drop of oil on the the metal shaft of the bobbin winder if it is not moving freely. The grinding noise implicates the winder tire may be ground from the locked winder shaft. The needle not disengaging requires oil in the shaft bushing. On this machine it appears you would have to remove the covers to access the appropriate areas.

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Juki dnu-1541 S hard to turn


indicates needle thread tension not tight enough
the jamming may be from thread and fluff wound tight around the bobbin shaft an locking it up
remove any threads and other material from the bobbin shaft and bushes
take it in for a service

Nov 19, 2016 | Juki Sewing Machines

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Sorry the needle is not going down,


Needles will not go down for:
1. The lock on the hand wheel isn't locking. Try this
a. Loosen the lock like you're going to wind a bobbin.
b. Loosen screw that is on the side of the lock. (sometimes front)
c. Tighten the lock just like when you're going to sew.
d. Tighten the screw that is on the side of the lock.(sometimes front)
e. Turn hand wheel by hand. Did the needle rise and fall?
2. The drive belt isn't moving the shaft.
a. Remove the top of the sewing machine.
b. You will most likely have to remove the panel on the end where the hand wheel is.
c. Turn your hand wheel to see if the belt is moving the shaft or is it broken?
d. Replace if you need to. (look at wear). Loosen the motor.
e. Make your motor run (foot pedal) slowly. Tighten the belt by pushing on the motor while it is running. When the motor is placed at the right place the motor will be moving with very little drag. (This will need a listening ear)
f. At this point tighten motor and retest for the speed and drag.

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Hi I have a pfaff industrial zig zag 428, the bobbin has stopped all rotation


bobbin case should be stationary, bobbin itself is rotated as thread unwound, check hook timing. Simply turn hand wheel towards you and watch needle go down, when it reaches lowest point turn it slowly until needle rises 3/16" or so. Hook should be behind needle and slightly above eye.

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Brother Sewing Embroidery Machine


I agree with sylviaivie about find another repairman, they are suppose
to guarantee the work they do.
when the upper shaft is replaced & then the machine is retimed
the machine should work just fine.
but just don't take it back to that man to be repaired
here is a tip if it happens again,,
always try to cut the top thread first,
& turn the machine up on it's back to access the bottom cover
take the cover off the bottom to get access to the bobbin thread
where you can cut the bobbin thread
then you should be able to get the needle out without breaking it &
damaging the upper shaft, replace the needle & make sure
that the thread is good quality & not knotty, clean out the bobbin area of lint or thread
always change the needle on the embroidery machine every project
make sure the bobbin area is kept clean of lint or thread
clean under the needle plate at least once a week for lint if you
embroidery everyday or just often

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Elna 6200 jammed on bobbin refill setting


Remove thread. Remove the needle plate. Turn hand wheel toward you. Rethread machine. Make sure presser foot in up position when you thread needle. Make sure needle all way up in shaft, flat side back and more rounded side facing you Turn hand wheel toward you again and observe the following: As needle comes down, make sure the needle's eye makes pass by the scarf of the needle. Hope this helps, and if not, try sewvacdoctor.com

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Kenmore 158.1703 sewing machine - needle not going up and down


Sounds like your worm drive gear is striped and needs to de replaced. If you twist the handel on the end of machine does the needle move up and down.

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Bobbin holder won't stay put


If the bobbin case/holder is trying to lift up and the thread is staying partly around it, your bobbin case may have turned part way.
Remove the needle plate and the bobbin case. The outer edges of the bobbin case should be very smooth. I suspect you may see a needle hole in the flat area that was under the foot. If so, you will probably wish to take it to your dealer and show them. They may smooth it or recommend replacing it. When the bobbin case is placed back into the hook cup that it sets in, the retainer at the 11 o'clock position on it should only allow the case to lift up about 0.8 to 1mm at the most. If it will lift up more than this, press down firmly on the retainer and move it closer to the bobbin case. You must have enough room for the thread to pass between the retainer and the bobbin case, but too much clearance will allow the bobbin case to turn in the machine and it will be damaged by the needle.

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When threading my machine the needle is not picking up the bobbin thread. I have a viking huskvarna 205. I have checked the bobbin threading & it is ok, the hook is in place but when the needle is in the...


it is called needle and hook timing
after the needle has been fully down and is starting to come back up the hook for the bobbin carrier should be at or slightly before the eye of the needle
in most machines it is adjustable by loosening of the clamp on the needle shaft and moving the shaft up or down to get the desired position relation of needle to hook
don't turn the machine or that alters the hook position so leave it steady while moving the needle shaft
once the desired timing is achieved re-tension the clamp on the shaft
go google and type in--t workshop manual ( not user ) for your make and model machine manual)in pdf version for your make and model machine and the needle /hook timing and adjustment procedure should be in there

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