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I have a Kenmore model 1249. Old and the shuttle/bobbin is not catching the thread. It has been working fine up until this morning. I have tried everyhing I can think of. Any suggestions?!

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I know this may sound trite, but is your thread feeding the right way from the bobbin? I had this happen one day last week, I wasn't paying attention and put my bobbin facing the wrong way, so the thread was coming off backwards, Also, make sure that the needle is fresh. Just a suggestion. I have an old 1318, still runs like a champ

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