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Picking up the bobbin thread

My machine suddenly started skipping stitches and now refuses to pick up thread from the bobbin. I've changed threads, bobbins and needles. I've thoroughly cleaned the bobbin case. I need to finish this dress. Help!

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  • edra Nov 06, 2007

    i have a singer model 57825c and the i have a bobbin thread problem. the needle won't pick up the thread. it was working the it quit. what is the problem?

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2007

    I have a toyota sewing machine and it has for some reason stopped picking up the bobbin thread. How do I fix this? Many thanks for any suggestions.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    how to thread a toyota machine?

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    Top thread won't pick up the bobbin thread and my stitches get skipped. The lack of an instruction manual kills me!

  • Jimmie Sill Dec 17, 2013

    First thing. Replace needle. Check if this works. Second. Remove the total bobbin assembly to adjust the bobbin tension. Place your bobbin in the assembly with the thread going away from the spring. Place the thread under the spring. Now, carefully allow the assembly to dangle. Bounce up and down slightly to make the assembly move. If it doesn't move down about one inch it is too tight. You must loosen or tighten the tension until this happens. While this assembly is out place one drop of oil on the race where the assembly came from. Now reinsert this assembly. Place the top tension on about three. Use trial material and sew slowly to see what happens. The top and bottom amount of thread should be tightening in the center of the fabric. You will have to adjust the top tension to do this. If this doesn't fix it then you probably have to get it timed. You can also do it yourself by watching a video that is offered on the internet. (How to website I believe)

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    on a singer 403 with top loading bobbin, when the thread gets hooked and starts to rotate, instead of sliding over the lip of the bobbin case to make the stitch, it manages to slide under the lip of the bobbin case resulting in a mess and no stitching. I've cleaned it thoroughly but no change. Wonder if the bobbin case needs to be replaced?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Bobbin thread not stitching?

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Need help how to thread the bobbin

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    machine not picking up thread when using a small gauge nbeedle

  • Jimmie Sill Nov 18, 2014

    Timing of the bobbin is my first thought. If you look under the needle plate and turn your hand wheel towards you then watch the hook (pointed thing under the bobbin). It should pick up the top thread as the needle is moving upward. If it doesn't then you know your timing is wrong or your needle length needs to be adjusted. For these you will need to go to you tube to learn this or go to your local repairman.



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A few suggestions:

  1. Rethread top of machine from scratch with the presser foot raised, i.e. remove thread completely from all thread guides & paths and start from scratch, making sure thread is securely seated between tension disks. Once the needle is re-threaded, lower the presser foot and give the tail end of the thread a tug to make sure there's tension on it.
  2. Make sure the bobbin is turning the correct direction for your machine - and that the thread tail is under the tension plate or bobbin tension guide (depending on machine).
  3. Blow out any fuzz.
  4. Insert a new needle, making sure needle is pushed all the way up.
  5. Oil machine (in locations recommended in your owner's manual).
If the basic cleaning and re-threading (above) don't help, your machine(s) may be out of time or have another mechanical issue that will require a repair technician. We recommend a tech trained on your specific brands - they'll be better trained and able to get any repair parts that may be needed.

Hope this helps narrow down your stitching problems.

Happy sewing,
Kim & Linnette

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I found the Instruction manual directley at the Singer Home site .

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