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Bobbin thread wont pick up

Was sewing something thick - needle bent - replaced needle, but now won't pick up bobbin thread

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  • Kathryn5 May 19, 2008

    I was pretty sure that timing was the issue from watching the bobbin case turn....but confirmation is a good thing - thanks for your input!

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Be sure needle is inserted correctly with the flat side in the proper position. Rethread the machine and try again. If it still won't work you have a timing problem which requires a technician or a good mechanic.
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