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New Sewing Genie doesn't sew

I just got a Sewing Genie for some small projects and was unaware of the issues others have had threading the bobbin. I am assuming that is probably why I can't get the thing to sew a stitch. The needle just runs through the cloth and nothing happens. The only instructions I received are in French. I have also read online that the instructions for threading the bobbin aren't accurate anyway. Can someone please tell me how the thread the bobbin correctly so I might be able to use it?

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  • LynneSW Jan 20, 2008

    Winding the bobbin isn't the problem - getting the machine to sew anything is. The needle just runs through the cloth and doesn't sew at all. It may be a whole other issue besides getting the bobbin to thread. I am just at a loss.

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2008

    I can't figure mine out either and don't have the instruction manual. Definitely need some help!

  • Anonymous May 26, 2008

    I have the same problem. The needle just run through the cloth and can't pick up the thread from the bobbin. As the expert pointed out the problem is "timing is off". Then how do you fix that kind of problem?

  • nomadicval Oct 07, 2008

    Mine was working fine. I paid attention when taking the bobbins out as to how it was threaded but when I replaced it, following the directions, its not sewing correctly.

  • dee1986 Nov 14, 2008

    i have the same issue as these other users - i was so happy to get it when i first received the gift, but after trying to thread it myself, even with all polyester thread, it will not work.

  • beverlee1978 Dec 22, 2008

    i tried using my machine right out of the box ~ after one or two lines of stiches, it quit working! i havent used it since and now it just collects dust. what a waste of money.

    -Bev

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They are not accurate, but also this machine is not the greatest with all types of thread, try using rayon or polyester thread when trying to wind a bobbin (cotton thread on these machines are typically sometimes hard) let me know and if this does not work ill send over what I have as far as directions

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    then the timing is off, thats the problem

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