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Needle will not pick up bobbin threat

My Euro-Pro Shark 473 was bunching the thread under the fabric when sewing and also wrapping the thread around the shuttle driver. The Euro-Pro website states that the upper thread is probably threaded wrong, but I followed the instructions verbatim and had sewed one seam on the fabric with no problem, but when I tried to sew the next seam, this occurred. I removed the shuttle driver cleared the thread that was around it and replaced the bobbin, but now the needle is not picking up the bobbin thread. The website states that for that problem, a technician should check it out since the timing was probably forced (whatever that means). I paid less than $100 for the machine and haven't used it more than three times in the past two years. I hate to incur an expense like this after such short usage. Has anyone dealt with this problem before and fixed it on their own?

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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2008

    my machine will not pick up the bobbin tread. it just stopped sewing all together now. what should i do? please help.

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2008

    I fixed mine by the same method, but continued to have thread jams.

    I finsihed my project and deposited this machine in the garbage can. I could no in good faith even donate it to Goodwill!

    I also paid under $100, as the saying goes, you get what you paid for!

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2008

    I CHANGED THE BOBBIN AND NOW THE NEEDLE WON'T PICK UP THE BOBBIN THREAD.

  • Anonymous May 07, 2008

    I bought my maching ant even 4 weeks ago and have used it 3 times. The needle is not picking up the bottem thread. I have tried EVERYTHING. I have followed the instructions properly, I dont know what else to do. I am not happy about this.

  • be58 May 22, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. Could you show me where is the clamp on the figure of the sew machine?

  • mkash Dec 28, 2008

    We used this machine only once for a few minutes before swe ran out of thread. Unfortuanely the solution did not work for u. I guess this sewing machine is a total waste of money.

  • Tammy Looney Dec 30, 2008

    fabric got caught in the dog feed. now the needle comes up before the shuttle hooks onto the top thread; therefore, the bottom thread doesn't get pulled up.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    9120, will not pick up bobbin thread.

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I had the exact same problem. The timing is off. You can actually fix this yourself all you need is an allen wrench. If you look at the rod the needle is inserted into and follow it up to about 2 inches below the top of the machine there should be a clamp. use the allan wrench to loosen the clamp and adjust the needle height. I used this website as a guide to getting the timing correct. http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Repair/Repair_Pictures/timing1.gif

now if only I could figure out why my thread keeps getting jammed under the bobbin!

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