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The thread isn't catching from the bottom bobbin when I'm sewing.

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I know the solution has something to do with adjusting the bobbin hook, but I'm not qualified to try and make the adjustment without detailed instructiions. My VX808 top thread isn't being caught by the bobbin hook; the timing is off. Does anyone know how to correct the timing? I do have instructions for my Kenmore 15804 which is similar but not quite the same.

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Check the top and bottom tensions make sure they are compatible to the needle size and type of thread being used

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Unplug the machine and remove the needle plate so that the bobbin case if fully exposed. Lift out the bobbin case and the cup that it sets in will be visible. Locate the "hook" on this cup. It is a finger with a sharp point at the upper edge of the cup. The hook is what grabs the thread from the needle while sewing.

  • Thread the needle.
  • Turn the handwheel by hand.
  • Watch the hook as it approaches the needle from right to left.
If the hook passes by the needle AFTER the eye of the needle is above it, you timing has slipped and the machine must be taken in for repair.
If the hook catches the thread from the needle, put everything back together and try threading again.

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Your machine is out of time and needs to be serviced by a technician.
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Check the needle to see if the flat side is facing to the back of the machine. This is usually how the needle should be inserted.

Thread the machine with the presser foot up.

Hold onto the thread tail at the needle and hand walk the needle down and then back up to pull the bobbin thread up.

Take both threads under the presser foot and to the back of the machine before you begin to sew.

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You have described your problem just fine. Have you just changed the needle in your machine? If so, check it is in the right way, you want the flat shank to the back.

The needle has a scarf (scoop out) at the back - if it is facing to the front then the rotary hook (bit that goes around the bobbin and catches the top thread) can't catch the needle thread behind the needle.

Also check needle is fully up into the housing, this could also cause problem.

I'd suggest that you visit www.sewingabout.com and check out the pages on general sewing machine use, care and threading up, lots of helpful pictures and information which may be of assistance to you.

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If your machine has been stored for 5 years, you should give it a good clean and oil according to the manual before you do anything else. Then put in a new needle and wind a fresh bobbin, checking that the bobbin has been wound smoothly as a badly wound bobbin can cause poor tension and stitching from the bottom thread.

You want the thread to go from the spool through a tension disc or eyelet to the bobbin and keep some gentle tension onto the thread spool using your scissors handle or similar so that the thread winds off it smoothly and the spool doesn't bounce around. Also give the thread a nudge with your finger tip as it winds onto the bobbin so it fills evenly, top, middle and bottom, not all in the middle.

Are you wanting a straight stitch to sew around the hemline? If so, your stitch length is right, but stitch width should be zero. You don't say what knob is set to 4, if its your top tension then that should be close, usually between 4 and 6 if dial goes from zero to 10.

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