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When running the machine, the needle does not grab the bobbin.

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Check your needle to see if it's damaged
make sure you have a 3-5 inch tail on the bobbin thread
then make sure you have a 3-5 inch top thread tail, then hold the top thread tail in your fingers (away from the needle) & turn the handwheel on the right hand side of the machine slowly letting the needle down in the bobbin area & see if the bobbin thread will pick up that way

Posted on Sep 27, 2010

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