When I use my machine, it winds the bobbin too much at the bottom. Where it almost looks like a hersey's kiss. I have called brother many times, to no avil. And i also belong to yahoo group for sewing machines like mine and no help.
Sometimes it winds the thread under the bobbin too and is very hard to get out. But not inside the machine.
My machine was bought in 2000, but has not been used til this yr, I have not sewn one item on it yet. I purchased it at walmart, and its been discontined there, so no help there either.
What if this is just a lemon? Where can I go then?
I have been sewing for many years, my other machines are white 8910, 17 yrs old works perfect, my singer featherwieght, no problem, and other singers in the past.
Try to lift the guide before the bobbin winder, by 2-3 millimeters.
If you can't lift the guide, then put something between the two, (a magnet perhaps) just to lift the thread a little bit upwards during winding.
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For ~$30, you can purchase a stand-alone bobbin winder (Sidewinder) that you can use to wind your bobbins. Saves wear-n-tear on your machine and you can wind bobbins without unthreading your machine. Just be sure to verify your bobbins are compatible with the Sidewinder.
Check that the bobbin is seated all the way down on the bobbin winder spool. However, the bobbin winder most likely needs a slight adjustment. I have several machines that tend to wind the thread either high or low on the bobbins so I just use a stiletto or pencil to raise and lower the thread as it winds. It helps to wind the bobbin at a slower speed--reduces stretch on the thread and allows you the ability to manually guide the thread onto the bobbin.
If you'd like to save wear & tear on your machine and be able to wind bobbins without unthreading the machine, look for a stand-alone bobbin winder (one brand is called "Sidewinder"). They cost around $30 and can be found online or at most fabric stores like JoAnn's. Just be sure to verify your bobbins will work on the winder--some Singer and other brand bobbins will not work.
Check that the bobbin winder is snapped all the way over.
Sorry, unable to provide more help, but a standalone bobbin winder may be helpful. You can find one brand (called "Sidewinder") at sewing stores like JoAnn's or online for ~ $30. Just verify that your bobbins will work (some Singer bobbins do not), but I assume your machine is a Bernina. Even if your bobbin winder is repaired, this standalone bobbin winder will save wear and tear on your machine--also, makes it so-o-o-o much easier to wind a bobbin without first removing the thread from your machine.
The bobbin winder doesn't spin and I can't wind the bobbin. ... What will release thebobbin winder that is stuck to the right on my Kenmore sewing machine model 385.17826690? Why won't my bobbin holder thread to the top on my Sears Kenmore sewing machine model 385.17928?
For $29 at Hancock, Jo Ann's or Wal Mart you can get a thing called a Side Winder that will wind your bobbins without using the winder on your sewing machine. It has the additional advantage that you can wind while sewing. I use it even with machines that will wind bobbins.
If the fly wheel is going around then the clutch isn't disengaged to wind the bobbin, you need to pull out the flywheel on your model to disengage the clutch for bobbin winding.
Take thread from thread spool across to bobbin winder thread guide, then back to bobbin and thread the tail through the hole on top of the bobbin. Place bobbin onto spindle on top of machine and then push it against the stop to engage the bobbin winding motor. HOld the thread tail up and start winding slowly until the bobbin core has been covered including the starting point. Stop and trim off the thread tail with scissors. COntinue winding bobbin and give the thread a nudge if needed to wind evening top middle and bottom of the bobbin. A good smooth wind is important. Also don't wind at full speed and keep an eye on the thread reel that the thread is coming off, you don't want it bouncing around as this will **** the thread and stretch then relax it affecting your bobbin wind.
Obviously if you know this and the bobbin winding mechanisim is just not working, then it will need a service/replacement by an Elna repair person.
I'm not sure what you mean about this. When you want to wind a bobbin, you put it on the bobbin winder pin on the upper right side of the front of the machine, and then push/slide it down towards the bottom of the machine; it goes about an inch or so, and then the screen will say "bobbin winder engaged." The bobbin is now in line with the fat lever that will automatically stop the winding when the bobbin is full. (I usually use my fingernail to guide the thread up and down a bit so that the bobbin is wound smoother.) If you have the same manual I have, that came with my machine about 4-5 years ago, the two pictures on the bottom right-hand side of page 10 will show you what I mean. -- BTW you can wind a bobbin with the machine threaded or not threaded. (pages 10-11) Also, always be sure to wind the bobbin with the logo-marked side up, the same way you place it in the bobbin holder when you are ready to sew. -- I hope this helps.
The second microswitch that is located just to the right of the bobbin winder stop tells the machine that it is set to wind a bobbin.
If the machine does not indicate that the bobbin winder is engaged, the second microswitch is not the problem. The bobbin winder itself is what shifts the clutch. If it is pulled downward, the clutch is disengaged and the upper shaft does not turn. Place your thumb under the bobbin winder, push it upwards and the clutch automatically re-engages and the shaft will turn.
Be very careful with the touch screen cable with the front cover off. If it has the older style cable on it, they are very delicate when releasing and reconnecting. If you put the front cover back on and the touch screen does not work, this will be the most likely problem. You will need to have the touch screen replaced.
You need to get your bobbin winder turned off first, then worry about the stop contacting the thread. If the stop is not tripped, then it is in its normal position and everything should work fine.
When not filling a bobbin, simply raise the bobbin winder and you should be ready to sew. Look at the opening around the winder shaft in the front cover and you will need to have it up and to the right. Just push the shaft with your thumb.