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Bobbin thread not getting picked up on Reliable 2000u-33. Will not sew any stitches

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Check the manual to be sure the needle is installed correctly.

There is a groove along the shaft on the front on the needle that guides the thread through the eye of the needle.

If the needle is threaded from the wrong side, no stitches will form.

Once that is resolved, open the bobbin area and watch to see if the needle thread is connecting with the bobbin thread.

If not, the machine needs to have the timing adjusted.

You can find a guide for this at the sewusa website under repair.

However, this is best done by someone experienced with sewing machine repair.

Posted on May 01, 2010

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Try installing a brand new needle. Bent/damaged needles will sometimes not pick up the bobbin thread.

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