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You can find your bobbin--as well as your bobbin case and other accessories and parts--at Sewing Parts Online. Just select Singer parts on the left hand side, and enter your model number in the search box, and it will take you right there. They also sell the foot pedal, needle plate, and a lot of other parts for your machine as well.
The needles are held on the shaft by a clamp, and there is a screw on the right-hand side to loosen or tighten the screw. You should hand tighten as much as possible, and it wouldn't hurt to then use a screwdriver and turn it one turn.
If your bobbin assembly is in the front of the machine, the flat part of the needle MUST go in towards the back, and make sure that your needle is inserted ALL THE WAY UP. Loosen the screw enough so that you're sure it's all the way.
I'm guessing it's probably the same as mine (8280). This is what the manual says: "Hold the bobbin case with one hand, insert the bobbin so that the thread runs in a clockwise direction. Pull the thread through the **** and under the finger. Hold the bobbin case by the hinged latch and insert into the shuttle." It's hard to describe, but if you've sewn before, it should come back quickly. To be more specific, hold the bobbin case in your left hand, insert the bobbin so the thread is coming up from underneath, pull thread through the **** and into the part where the hole is. If you slide the thread around, it will fit into the slot in there. Pull the latch out and insert it into the shuttle.
you may have adjusted the upper tension and made it so tight that the thread just pulls out of the needle and needle makes holes in fabric. you might want to check the feed of the bobbin, it will not allow the machine to sew if it is not able to be picked up by the needle. the bobbin thread is usually (when held in your hand) with the thread coming counter clock wise. and then it will lay in the bobbin holder and the end of the thread will come back to about the slide catch thing and be held there until the needle thread catches it (leave the cover off the bobbin area until you watch and see what happens then. Try adjusting the bobbing tension too hope you understand what I mean here.