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Bobbin winder is in operation mode

I've made some new bobbin last night.
When i tried to used my machine this morning to do some embroidery project, as soon as i start, i get the following error: "bobbin winder is in operation mode".

I tried closing the software, turning off the machine, rebooting my computer, thread another bobbin, the bobbin winder is at the left position, nothing work, as soon as i try starting the embroidery project, i does a few stitches, then starts beeping with the same error message, bobbin winder is in operation.

What can i do to fix this

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    have swf/A-T1201 embroidery machine i get this error when i try to turn on i did what book says to do ....which is turn main power on and off......still get error on start

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Ive done that already, didnt change anything.
My husband figured it out... It turns out that the metal pin used to keep the bobbin in place while its spinning was stuck and wasnt out completly, making the machine think there was a bobbin on the winder even if there wasnt.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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Try to change the bobbin winder position from left to the right and back again, probably it hasn't moved exactly to the proper position.
Check the version of the software and machine firmware under menu Help->About Futura. If you do not have the latest ones, you can update them through Live Update in the same submenu.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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