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Top threaded needle will not grab bobbin thread so I can begin sewing.

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You might check your needle to see if it's bent
check in the bobbin area for any lint or loose threads
make sure there is a bobbin tail at least 2 to 4 inches long
hold the top thread tail ( at least 2-3 inch tail) as the needle goes down
to pick up the bobbin thread

Posted on Aug 04, 2010

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