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My daughter in law's machine won't pick up the bobbin thread. I've never even seen a bobbin that loads like that so I don't know what to tell her. In fact, I've never even heard of a new home sewing machine at all! All the parts seem to be moving correctly.

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The bobbin thread may not be picking up because the needle is in backwards.

Refer to the manual for the machine - some require the flat side of the needle face to the back of the machine and some to the left side of the machine.

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Also metal bobbins can get squished if they've been stood on, so have a good look at it and make sure the bobbin is in good shape and looks okay.

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Carefully watch the thread as it goes onto the bobbin and nudge it with your fingertip to get it to fill evenly top, bottom and middle of the bobbin. Stop when 3/4 full.

Now put bobbin to bobbin holder ensuring that it goes in the right way, always the thread should come off the bobbin and reverse direction in a V shape. Click the thread into the tension spring. Double check it is in there and then thread up the rest of the machine and test sew.

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email me at
monis_gifts@bellsouth.net

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