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Generally, this is because the needle is inserted wrong orbecause it's bent. In the first case, the top of the needle (called the shank)has a flat side-this has to be inserted so it faces the back or away from you.
In the second case, when a bent needle stops the top thread from picking up thebobbin thread. Even if you think your needle is fine, change it to see if thissolves the problem.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011

  • Beth Millar Apr 28, 2011

    I take it this didn't solve your problem. Can you give some more of a description as to what is or isn't happening? If you turn the wheel by hand with no fabric in the machine, can you see the top thread loop around the bobbin through the clear plastic window? Is the top thread catching on something?

  • richard_rack Apr 28, 2011

    Thanks for your efforts but it's now had tobe mended professionally, and at great expence! The small fly wheel situated below the needle plate, adjacent to the shuttle race was broken. This is made of plastic and is apparently it is quite a common fault, and very difficult to get at so labour intensive. We have got it repaired here in France, but my daughter, who has had the same problem with her maching in UK had been told that it was irrepairable, and the machine would have to be replaced. Obviously better service here! Thank you again for attempting to assist



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