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I have lost bobbin cover for my XL-2230 where can i order parts from?

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Question about Brother Sewing Machines Brother XL-2230, I can't thread the bobbin! I watched video on U-tube and it's same steps I've used. Bobbin turns very slow

Winding the bobbin:
be sure the thread goes clockwise all around the bobbin tension. It will cross itself before it heads toward the bobbin winder mechanism.
Brother XL 2230 Operation Manual Threading The Machine Winding The Bobbin

Place the bobbin into the bobbin holder so the thread will unwind counter-clockwise. Push the bobbin down. Pull the thread toward the front of machine (toward you, into the slit and then doubleback to the left through the tunnel and then through the opening.

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How do i get into xl 2230 in order to replace the o ring on the bobbin winder please

Do you have a manual ? If not, Brother may well have one you can download, and there a many sites online that sell copies of manuals too.

Typically, it's not hard to get into a mechanical machine. There are usually just a few screws that have to be taken out to give access to most places inside. Look at the screws to see what kind of head is on them so you know which screwdriver bit you need.

Oct 12, 2014 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Broken bobbin winder

For $29 at Hancock, Jo Ann's or Wal Mart you can get a thing called a Side Winder that will wind your bobbins without using the winder on your sewing machine. It has the additional advantage that you can wind while sewing. I use it even with machines that will wind bobbins.

Feb 25, 2012 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a Brother XL-2220 sewing machine. Just went to wind a new bobbin and the bobbin will not wind the cotton on. All I get is a whirring sound. Please advise.

most likely the rubber rings are on the way out. i had the same problem. the part number is xc4076020 and you can purchase on ebay for $7.49 us. easy to replace if you are handy with a screw driver.

Jan 28, 2011 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have lost my bobbing for my sewing machine, where can i get the same type of bobbin for my machine?

The size you need is a SA156, you can get them usually at JoAnn's, another place is ebay, metal ones. 20 for $8.95 w/free shipping. Or just call Brother and order through them at 1-877-276-8437

Oct 07, 2010 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Brother xl 2230 - cannot fill spool as holder does

Check the bobbin winder rubber......remove the top cover and take a look. Remove worn rubber and use as a sample when you go to the Brother Store....also have your model number handy. If you cannot access easily, phone Brother store and ask for a quote to replace.....if it is any more serious they should confirm with you prior to doing additional work.

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The bobbin holder turns so the needle hits the holder and breaks.

Out of alignment means the timing is off...take it to a pro to have it cleaned and re-timed...if that's the real problem.
However, it seems that you think the issue is may be a bobbin holder that wasn't installed properly??

Do you have a top, side, or front loading bobbin?

Sorry...I don't understand: "If I manually turn the bobbin and holder clockwise just as the needle comes down, it goes all the way down without breaking or bending."
Do you mean that you're turning the hand wheel towards yourself...and that works properly? If so, it's probably not a timing issue.

If you have a metal bobbin case that you insert a wound bobbin into and then place that bobbin holder w/bobbin into your machine...perhaps the bobbin case just needs a slight turn in order to snap into place.

If that's not it, check your machine's manual to see what part might be missing...then, to find that small, shiny metal part, try shining a flashlight across the area where it was lost.

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Bobbin holder turns and keeps bending needles


the whole upper assembly may have come out of alignment when the machine bent the needle, the upper cover may have to come off, and study the inner metal area where the needle is attached for alignment bolts or screws, maybe one has come loose. On ours if you choose the zig zag and adjust it all the way out it will do that everytime. maybe download the user manual at and see if theres something in there also.


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Needle won't move; something stuck/dislodged

Can you remove the bobbin? Sometimes when thread gets bunched up under the lower plate it will force the bobbin out of position. Try taking it out and cleaning any loose thread and lint from the area. Put a couple of drops of oil on the outside of the bobbin case and re-insert it. Make sure you lower the needle and pull the bobbin thread through to the top and back behind the needle before beginning to sew again.
Hope this works!

Jan 18, 2008 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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