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My daughter received a new kenmore 19112 with drop in bobbin. We have threaded the machine and dropped in the bobbin but cannot get the needle to loop into the bobbin thread. I know I am probably missing something stupid. Help! I'm trying to teach my daughter and look like an idiot.

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Do you have your needle inserted, facing the right way? Flat side faces away from you. If, that doesn't help, take it back to Sears and have the salesperson look at it, you may have a defective machine and you are not an idiot at all. You may as well have one that works right, instead of waiting.

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You can probably find a manual from Sears. They carry a ton of Kenmore user manuals.

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Bobbins do usually have a specific way of being loaded. Most machines require the bobbin to be inserted into the bobbin case so when you pull on the thread tail, the bobbin turns clockwise (this is when you are looking at the backside of the bobbin case - at the bobbin). Also, be sure to thread the bobbin thread through the bobbin tension mechanism.

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