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Hello, I'm having trouble with stitches on the back- long, loose. Also the needle is hitting just past the hook( where the thread is picked up).

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I think that your timing may be messed up, but try this, insert a new needle (flat side facing rear) and make sure that it is inserted all of the way up in the shaft. Now, rethread your machine, and with the presser foot up, pull on the top thread, it should move smoothly, now put the presser foot down, and the thread should barely move. This will seat the thread in the tension discs. Thread bunching up under fabric is usually the top thread causing the problem. Good luck

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Hello, I recently purchased a brother lx3817 sewing machine and it works but doesn’t stitch, what could be the problem


hi Desiree.
this is all i could find out.
There could be several things that could cause the machine not to pick up the bobbin thread.

  • The upper thread could be tangled.
    Remove the thread completely from the machine.
    The correct size spool cap should be used for the size of the thread spool.
    Re-thread the machine according to the directions in the manual.
One Point Advice Place a spool of thread on a spool pin.
One Point Advice Upper threading
  • Remove the bobbin and make sure the bobbin is threaded properly in the shuttle race.
    Remove any loose threads or lint in the shuttle race.
One Point Advice Installing a bobbin into a bobbin case
  • You could be holding the needle thread too tight.
    Hold the thread lightly to keep the end from going down into the shuttle.
  • The needle could be thread incorrectly.
    Thread the needle eye from the front to the back.
  • The needle could be bent or improperly inserted.
    Install a new needle with the flat side of the needle facing the back.
or this link might help you out some more.
Why won the machine pick up the bobbin thread Brother
or this one.
brother lx3817 sewing machine doesnt stitch Google Search

Dec 06, 2017 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Needle is hitting something


look down in there there is a hook to grab the top thread may have gotten bent or loosend , you may also try comparing the new neddle with the old and be sure it is correct, look for a small latch under the grab foot, please rate -jeff

Sep 04, 2008 | Bernina Bernette Deco 600

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Machine wont sew. Misses stitches


check for problems in the bobbin winding, ( in the wrong way so that the thread is not coming out correctly)
top thread tension too tight or too loose
vary the thread tension to see when it improves on a waste test sew

Aug 21, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Does any one know anything about a sewing machine model 217-APP no 457. Think it may be a singer, have just found it in late mother-in-laws shed. It won't pick up the bobbin thread but runs ok


not picking up the bobbin thread is an indication of needle / hook timing
thread tension problems appear as a mess of stitches under the cloth
the timing can be checked by having the needle full down and the hook of the bobbin case should be at the needle just above the eye of the needle
if it is too early or late then it is not in position to get the thread

May 13, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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I want to tighten the bobbin tension on my Singer 111w100 but it will not tighten any further and the tension is WAY too loose and the stitches look horrible. Any fix for this?


I sure that this tension problem is not a tension, it sounds to as if the hook pick up is slightly out of timing with the needle, and it's what you call slip stitching, if you are handy you can correct this yours self, remove the top plate that cover the drive dogs remove the shuttle bobbin to expos? the needle and hook you may need to remove the drive dogs make sure you note the position of them, when your able to see the hook turn the drive wheel in the correct rotation and as the needle goes down to it's lowest point to were it about to start it's way up the pick up hook should just be going behind the needle to pick up the thread if it's not then you need a screwdriver that you can trap against the hook body not the hook it's self as you will damage it and with the other hand hold the hand wheel tight as you move the hook case one way or the other you may need to use the hand wheel to do this to give you more leverage, do this until you are satisfied that you have the correct timing position for the thread to be picked up, normally you would undo clamp screw that hold the hook case in position but more often than not you can do this without doing this, once done turn hand wheel several turns to make sure the needle is in the correct position reassemble and give it a run. I hope this cures your problem.

Happy Sewing

Mar 16, 2015 | Singer Sewing Machines

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I cannot get the top needle thread to pick up the bobbin thread on a Singer 404. I have the manual online and can see that I have loaded everything properly, but the bobbin thread just sits there when I...


Hi Jennifer:

Do you understand how a stitch is formed on a sewing machine? The needle goes down to its full down position. At that point the shuttle hook should be pointing right at the needle scarf, ready to go past it as the needle starts to go up.

When the needle starts its upward travel it forms a loop... the shuttle hook enters the loop and the bobbin thread is "captured" in that loop.

If your machine's timing is advanced, the needle will hit the hook and break or make nasty thumping noises. If your timing is ********.... the hook misses the loop entirely and does nothing.

So... open up the entire bobbin/throat plate area.... take the foot off so you can see. Clean if necessary. Then turn the hand wheel by hand until you see that the needle is at the lowest point of travel. Where is the shuttle hook?

From there you'll have to use your logic to find the right screws and adjust the hook.

Here' is a Parts Chart for your machine.
http://www.parts.singerco.com/IPpartCharts/404-1_4_5.pdf

Good luck!

Sep 14, 2012 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Older 830 will not zig zag stitch. leavers and gears move fine. The needle moves back and forth - left and right but it doesn't pick up thread from the bobbin on the left side so it does a strait stitch...


Firstly, make sure you have fitted a new needle and that you have cleaned/oiled the hook race. Unfortunately, if you are finding that the machine will pick-up the thread and stitch OK when the needle is one side of the stitch-plate, but not when its on the other, it suggests that the timing/synchronisation is out and will need to be professionally adjusted. You can check the timing by adjusting the needle to its right-most position, remove the bobbin case, rotate the handwheel until the needle has gone down through the stitch-plate and is just about to come up again. Stop there. Tip the machine slightly back and release the black plastic hook/shuttle retainer by pressing the metal lever on the top-left side of the bobbin door, so that the hook/shuttle retainer pops open. Drop the hook/shuttle retainer, but leave the hook in place ... be careful that it doesn't drop out and slowly rotate the handwheel until the pointed part of the hook/shuttle rotates clockwise to the place where its point is directly behind the needle. Look carefully and you should see that the point of the hook/shuttle is just above the top of the thread hole in the needle. If it's much lower or higher, the timing is out and will need to be adjusted.

Feb 06, 2011 | Bernina Activa 130

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Top thread won't pick up the bobbin thread


re insert the needle, maybe you did not put the needle up as far as it is to go. Make sure the flat side of the needle is to the back of the machine. Without any thread in the machine hand turn the wheel and look to see if the hook of your bobbin would/could catch the thread (to see if timing is right)
then thread the machine and hand turn the wheel and see what it is doing.
Your timing might be off, but I do not think that is likely. Though it is possible that when the needle fell out, it hit something hard, broke, and pushed the machine out of timing. then you need to bring it in.

May 24, 2009 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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Needle hitting bobbin plate


Is the needle inserted correctly with the flat side at the rear and fully up into the holder ?

If yes, take off the needleplate, remove bobbin case and slowly rotate the handwheel towards you watching the relationship between needle, and the "hook" of the moving "race".

Set on wide zig zag........when the needle is fractionally past it's lowest point, and starting to rise, the hook should be level with the left side of the needle when on the right hand stitch of the zig...the eye of the needle will be below the hook, and ready for thread to be picked up for the stitch to form.

Any other result will mean your timing needs adjusting.

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