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Sewing Machine Elna 6000 model

Cannot get top thread to catch and uplift bobbin thread, have changed bottom bobbin; think this may be shuttle problem. Need to get machine in to Polokwane in Limpopo Province to a repair center, cannot find a contact number of Elna there. Can you assist?

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Cannot get top thread to catch and uplift bobbin thread, have changed bottom bobbin; think this may be shuttle problem. Need to get machine in to Polokwane in Limpopo Province to a repair center, cannot find a contact number of Elna there. Can you assist?

Posted on May 27, 2008

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By ladydiane56 on Jul 10, 2011

I am trying to sew a baby blanket, but when I start the thread keeps binding up. I am new to sewing and asked a friend, they said it was a bobbin problem so I change it. I started sewing again and problem still there. Need some advise. Thanks

It sounds like the tension between the top and bottom threads isn't balanced. With the machine threaded, pull both threads towards you and feel if one is tighter than the other and if so, adjust the tension. Top thread adjusts with the tension knob on the front of the machine, bottom thread adjusts where you load the bobbin. Could also be that the bobbin is sitting in the shuttle the wrong way. Have it sitting in the shuttle so that as you look at the open shuttle and pull the thread, the bobbin turns clockwise. Hope this helps.

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Now thread the machine with the presser foot up - always - and see if the tangling stops.

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See this image.

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