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The upper thread no longer catches the lower thread

All of a sudden I cannot get my upper thread to catch and bring up my lower thread. I have taken apart the bobbin and made sure the tension on the bobbin was correct. Any ideas?

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Check the needle to be sure it is installed per the manual.

This is usually with the flat side of the shank facing the back of the sewing machine.

Last resort - take the machine in for service as it could be the timing needs to be adjusted.

Posted on Apr 01, 2010

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