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Does not sew, I think it is problem with the bobbin

Hello, I was embroidering a hat for my grandson when all of a sudden I had the thread ravel. I got it out ok but then the machine would not sew another stitch. I cleaned out the bobbin and I don't see any thread anywhere. Could you advise me as to what to look for?

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  • Gail Gehly Aug 24, 2007

    Sorry I didn't get back sooner, family emergency. The machine seems to work fine, the needle goes up and down but it does not make stitches. I replaced the needle, put in a fresh bottom, rethreaded the machine a couple of times. It still does not make stitches. It goes for a while and the message check to see if upper thread has broken. It hasn't.

  • hammer59 Jul 01, 2008

    The section that holds the bobbin appeared frozen. I can manually move it back and forth but when the power is applied only the needle arm moves up and down. I was sewing some heavier items, is it possible I ruined a
    bearing or something?
    Thanks, [email protected]


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Hi Gail4456...When you say "would not sew another stitch", do you mean that it is at a mechanical-stand-still? Or do you mean that the machine runs, but does not stitch? Please update/correct me if I am misunderstanding your issue. If your machine is 'frozen', remove your bobbin and needle. firmly grasp the balance wheel (handwheel on the right), and smoothly turn it clockwise until the jam is free, then use compressed air or brush or vaccuum to rid the now dislodged thread. Other possible causes for non-operation include: raised presser foot and/or un-depressed or faulty start/stop button. If your machine is not producing stitches: 1) Replace your needle, ensuring the slotted side is facing towards you. 2) Wind a fresh bobbin, and ensure that you are threading properly through the bobbin tension spring. 3) Completely remove your spool of thread, and slowly rethread your machine ensuring that you don't miss any guides, and that your thread isn't becoming wrapped around the takeup lever accidentaly. If you believe that you have a threading issue, do not retrace your thread. Instead, completely remove the spool and bobbin, and start again. I hope this corrects your issue my friend.

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  • Maria Pierce
    Maria Pierce Jun 01, 2012

    I have the same problem and it isn't threaded incorrectly it hes to do with the bobbin hook mechanism no longer spinning so it doesn't thread the bottom thread and therefore can not do anything how can I fix this without paying $125 at the sewing center? ?????????

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