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The bobbin thread appears up through the hole by the foot, but the needle doesn't seem to be picking it up and advancing the thread properly, so when I sew, the bobbin thread isn't engaging. I have a JC Penney model 7050 machine.

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Having difficulty how bobbin thread is appearing above the needle plate without the needle thread pulling it up... but

First, install a brand new needle and make sure it is installed correctly. A bent/damaged needle sometimes will not pick up the bobbin thread.

If it still does not pick up the bobbin thread, most likely your machine has been knocked out of time (occurs frequently when sewing over pins or sewing heavy, dense fabric). Search the internet for sewing machine timing or take it for service.

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Check the timing of the needle to the hook. Here is a guide to generic principles of Timing
http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Repair/Sewing%20Machine%20Hook%20Timing.htm
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Needle thread is not catching bobbin thread


Install a brand new needle and confirm with the owner's manual that it is inserted properly.

Remove the upper thread. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning (confirm the thread pathway is correct). Check that the bobbin is threaded properly. Set the upper tension at the midway point between the high & low numbers. Retest.

If it is still not picking up the thread, the needle/hook may be out of time, ie the needle is not arriving at the hook at the proper time to pick up the bobbin thread.

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Mar 08, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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The thread is not picking the bobbin


The bobbin may be in backwards
the needle is not the correct one for the machine
the needle isn't correctly seated in the needle clamp
the machine is a little bit out of time.
Remember to hang on to the needle thread when you're trying to pick up the bobbin thread
Turn the handwheel in the direction that would advance the fabric from the front to the back of the machine
make sure the bobbin-winding spindle has been pushed back to the left for sewing
make sure your needle is inserted correctly as far as it will go with the flat side facing back
and that the upper tension disks of your machine are threaded correctly.
Make sure the presser foot is up when seating the thread through the upper tension.
Turn the hand wheel (TOWARDS YOU ONLY) never turn the hand wheel away from you and hold the needle thread lightly. .
pull the loop up and then pull both threads (top and bobbin) under the foot and toward the back of the machine.
Also could be a timing problem

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Machine not sewing properly


Did you check the adjustment for the stitch "tightness"?

Jul 31, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Machine just quit picking up bobbin thread and sewing in the material. It is just making holes in the material.


Needs a new needle right way around, most likely. And check the threading on both bobbin and top of the machine. It makes a big difference which way the bobbin turns in the bobbin case.

Needles need to be replaced every 2-8 hours of sewing time, on average, or about 1 needle per garment. A needle that has hit the presser foot or needle plate is "dead", and needs to be replaced to (and eventually, you'll need to buff out the rough spots on the presser foot, and needle plate).

Common causes of skipped stitches (stitching that looks like
_ _______ _ _ _______ _ _____________ instead of _ _ _ _ _ _) or of not picking up the bobbin thread are: dull or damaged needle, needle in backwards, needle not fully up in the needle clamp, needle too small a size for the thickness of fabric, dirty machine, misthreaded machine, and way, way, way down on the list, machine out of time.

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Thread breaking


The needle thread breaks
1. the needle thread is not threaded properly
2. The needle thread tension is to tight
3. The needle is bent or blunt
4. The needle is incorrectly inserted
5. The needle thread & the bobbin thread are not set under the presser foot when starting to sew
6. the threads were not drawn to the rear after sewing
7. The thread is either to heavy or to fine for the needle


Bobbin thread breaks

1. There is a right way & wrong way to insert the bobbin in the case --when you insert the bobbin in if it doesn't stitch correctly turn the bobbin over see if that helps or bobbin case is not inserted correctly

2. Lint has collected in the bobbin holder

3. The bobbin is damaged & doesn't turn smoothly

4. Lower thread tension is two tight

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I seem to be threading the spool correctly, yet the needle doesn't pick up the thread.


You haven't stated the exact model, but the principle for picking up the spool thread is pretty universal.

After loading the spool into the bobbin case and correctly threading the spool, pull the thread up through the sliding cover plate to lie on the machine bed and mostly close the cover.

Lift the presser foot, thread the needle and then advance the balance wheel slowly so that the needle goes down and then returns up. If the machine is correctly threaded, correctly adjusted , has an unbent needle and the needle is appropriate to the thread size, then it should pick up the bobbin thread. Just pull on the loose end of the needle thread and the loop with the bobbin thread should come up through the needle hole. Pull both threads to the right from where they have just emerged, allowing the loose end of the bobbin thread to disappear beneath the cover plate before re-emerging through the needle hole. Close the cover fully, lower the foot onto the work and start sewing.

If the above fails, then check that the spool is loaded the correct way around into the bobbin. It makes no difference to many models, but does to some. If you don't have the instruction book then just try both ways. It also helps to ensure that the machine is correctly maintained with no build ups of lint and correctly oiled with sewing machine oil. This is a light oil grade but has additives to ensure that it sticks where it's needed, "3-in-1" brand oil can be used but may need to be applied more frequently and the machine will need cleaning more often.

If the pick up still doesn't work, then your machine needs to go for repair as it either has a damaged bobbin or a screw has come loose in the mechanism causing the machine to lose timing. For older Singer models, all of the timing and servicing information is available free on the web. Just enter your model number followed by "manual" or "service".

Good luck, please add a comment if any of my answer has puzzled you, but otherwise I'd appreciate it if you would take a moment to rate my reply.

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The thread from the needle that goes down to pick up bobbin doesn


make sure your needle's flat bit shows to the back and it is in deep anough. else your timing is out.

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Top thread not looping the bobbin thread


In your case, I believe that the needle height is out of adjustment, and it's an easy fix. Insert a #14 needle, and make sure that it is ALL the way up in the clamp. You can determine that by looking at the shaft right above the clamp; the needle end should be resting against what looks like a grey bar.

Next, take 10 pennies and stack them on the needle plate. Your machine's needle should JUST be resting under the needle; it should be a tight fit. If it's off just a "smudge," leave it alone. If it isn't, take the cover off the needle area, and locate two Allen screws on the needle shaft. The one that adjusts needle height is the bottom one, and you should only loosen by about 1/2 turn -- not take it off. Adjust to the 10 penny standard, then make sure that the eye is exactly to the font, then tighten.

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