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Open the throat plate and bobbin area and check for a thread jam.

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Baby lock bl4-736d won't stitch--It has not been used in about 6 years. It worked fine the last time it was used. I don't know where to oil or even if that is the problem.

If your machine has not been used in six years then it could have siezed up. If there is a threading up diagram inside the front looper cover then it may show the red oiling dots too. These are usually on the upper and lower loopers where they move through another metal part. And sometimes a red spot at the back of the stitching platform to oil internally.

But firstly, can you turn the flywheel manually towards you? Does the loopers and needles move through a stitch sequence when you do? If there is no movement and the flywheel is turning then probably a gear has failed in the main drive shaft, many machines have nylon gears now to lessen need for lubrication but the gear itself may split as it ages. Can be replaced but usually means dismantling most of the machine to do so. Definitely something for the BL technician though.

If you can move the flywheel and things are moving then I'd suggest you oil all the metal moving parts, rub some oil onto both blades and give everything a good clean out. Then manually turn it through stitch sequence several times to spread the oil, then plug it in and see if the machine will now run. Just take it slow and gentle. Then change the needles and thread it up and see if you can get it to chain off.

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I am trying to wind the bobbin following to the directions in the manual. However, when I "gently" press the foot controller to wind the thread around the bobbin, this does rotate at all. I do...

Have you disengaged the clutch? is the needle going up and down at the same time. If needle is still moving, then clutch is not disenaged. This is usually a knob inside the flywheel, or a button on the flywheel, machines will vary. Just recheck your manual and ensure that you have disenaged the drive to the needle.

Now check that the bobbin winder is engaged. On most machines, you need to move the bobbin and the spindle it sits on over against a stop to engage the bobbin winding mechanism on top of the machine.

If you have done all this and the bobbin just isn't turning on the spindle at all, then it may be the rubber ring just inside the case which drives against the flywheel, has worn out. Proper name is "Bobbin Winder Tyre".

This is a link to the part I mean there is no image but they look like a little black rubber ring and being rubber, they do wear, perish and crack with age.

So if you are able to open up the machine covers you may well be able to see this part and replace it yourself. Or just confirm the diagnosis. They are not expensive to replace.

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Not quite sure, but, cannot get bobbin thread to catch with upper thread. the bobbin casing doesn't rotate to catch upper thread from needle

First please double check that the flywheel clutch in engaged and not in bobbin winding mode, ie the inner knob is locked by holding outer flywheel and turning inner wheel away from you.

If you remove the needle plate and bobbin cover and turn the flywheel manually can you see the hook rotating at all?

If the needle is going up and down and the rotary hook is not rotating, then my guess will be that the pinon gear down in the free arm area has failed and will need to be replaced. You don't say what model but if it is a star series you should be able to remove the top plate on the free arm by undoing one screw and exposing this area to confirm this. If its a Stella or Lotus it won't be so easy to view. Either way, if its a Swiss made Elna parts are still available and there are serviceman around who can do this repair. If you are in the USA I would suggest you browse www.whitesewingcenter for parts/repair info on Swiss Elnas.

Or try and search by your model number to see the parts available.

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Things to try:
1. New needle.
2. Make sure the needle is put in the correct way (there are fronts and backs to the needles).
3. Make perfectly sure that your bobbin is put into the bobbin case correctly (the thread going clock or counter-clock wise as indicated in the directions)
4. Make sure your bobbin thread is wound through the case and out as indicated by the directions

(these points vary DRASTICALLY by model of machine and brand).
5. Holding about 4 or 5 inches of top thread, rotate the flywheel (on the far right of your machine) by hand (don't use the footpedal). The needle should go down, it's thread creates a loop, and the bobbin thread loops through that loop; as you continue to rotate the flywheel, the needle will come back up, bringing its own thread AND the bobbin thread. This is when the machine is ready to sew (when both threads are up).
6. If your machine has been moved around and not very gently, then it is possible that the bobbin case and housing have been jostled out of alignment. If that's the case, then you'll need an experienced sewer to look at it for you - mostly that's a case of minor adjustment.

If you remember that the needle is flying up and down thousands of times in a minute, then having all these elements in perfect alignment makes sense.

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