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I have a Kenmore 8 sewing machine. The thread will not pick up from the shuttle. I've taken the machine apart and still no luck. The thread bunches up.

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I am hoping that it is not the timing. Try this, insert a new needle (flat side facing away from you), clean and lubricate, totally rethread. Good luck

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