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I am trying to use a twin needle, however, every time I begin sewing the machine makes a very unhappy sound as though the needle is being blocked as it tries to pick up the bobbin thread. I have tried with different types of thread, cleaned the machine, and adjusted the tension but no matter what I do my sewing machine makes an awful noise and all the tread is lose on the underside of the fabric. What should I do?

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Check to see if the twin needle are damaged
check the bobbin & make sure the bobbin case is thread correctly
needle & thread may not be compatable
here's how to check
Cut 6-8 inch piece of thread of the spool you are going to use for your project
Take the needle you are going to use for the project
& insert the thread thru the eye of the needle
& lift one end of the thread to a 45 degree angle
& if the needle is the right size for the thread it will slide down the thread
But if the needle hangs on the thread you need one size larger needle for the thread

Posted on Oct 01, 2010

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