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Getting the Bobbin threaded in the Machine

I did it once and had it working fine, now when I'm doing it thread piles up and when sewing a little it james up and extra thread starts coming out all waded up. help? I do not know where my owners manual is & I am not sure this is a Kenmore Drop-In Bobbin 16231. I do have the model number and serial number. Please help

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  • photogirl01 Nov 20, 2007

    I have the bobbin in the right way. The needle will go down once then it will jam.

  • neski Nov 26, 2007

    i was working with fleece and i cleaned out the bobbin and the feeder - then

    when i put everything back together the bobbin thread is knotting. i can only do a couple of stitches before everything is in a knot and at a stand still. i have a drop in bobbin - the thread is correctly in the bobbin . but when the needle tries to catch the bobbin thread it looks like the thread is going around the casing (too low) and not coming up in time to catch the thread. when i does come up to the top it knots .

  • hlthompson Feb 27, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. I have tried 100 different times to see if it was just a glitch but it doesn't matter which way I put the bobbin in or how many times I redo it same giant knot.



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When this has happened to me, the upper thread has somehow run amuck. check to make sure the top thread is STILL routed properly. It might have nothing to do with the bobbin.

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