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Singer 3116 bobbin

I have loaded the bobbin according to the manual instructions, but every time I start to sew it gets wound up around the metal arm! I also couldnt manage to get the needle to pull the thread up from below successfully as it continues to get wound around the metal! HElp!

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Ok I know that youve checked this, but I have to ask.
Pg 39
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I'm looking at pg 27 and see you have a traditional bobbin casing (not a drop in) make sure your bobbin is wound well and the case is inserted correctly. (they are picky)
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