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Bobbin thread doesn't get picked up on my brother 885-v31/v33. Bobbin is correctly inserted with thread going counterclockwise and threaded around tension adjusting spring guide.

Recheck the manual. On most machines, the bobbin should turn clockwise in the bobbin case as you look at it from the back.

Be sure you are using a brand new needle and it is inserted correctly.

Otherwise, it's possible (as you mentioned) something is bent or the machine has been knocked out of time.

Aug 16, 2018 | Brother Sewing Machines

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How do I lower my feed dogs on my Brother XL3200 sewing machine?

The Brother XL3200 does not have an option to lower the feed dogs. It came with a darning plate, part number XA3443151, to cover the feed dogs. This is available at for less than $10, including shipping. See . It's also in stock here: .

The manual for the similar Brother machines, XL2600 and XL3500, show using the darning plate on page 38. This manual is available here: .

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Sep 21, 2017 | Brother Sewing Machines

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My brother vx-1120 needle wont pick up bobbin thread to make a continuous stitch

Install a brand new needle. Make sure it is installed correctly.

Remove the bobbin/bobbin case from the machine. Check that the bobbin is turning the correct direction and the bobbin tension is threaded correctly. Reinstall the bobbin case and confirm that it is latched into place.

Retest your machine. Slowly turn the handwheel and watch the needle descend and see if it picks up the bobbin thread. If not, then there is probably a sewing machine timing issue. Take it for service.


Nov 01, 2016 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Tension problem. bottom thread loopy.

Make sure the bobbin is the correct one for the machine first. Try another bobbin on a scrap of material. Bobbin will fit into the bobbin holder going the incorrect way. Make sure the thread is unwinding in the correct direction. mine has a arrow for the correct position. Hope this helps.

Aug 21, 2014 | Brother XL2600I Free Arm Sewing Machine -...

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Winding bobbin problem Brother NX200

the machine should be checked to see if there is something wrong with the bobbin spindle..

May 16, 2013 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Why is my brother sewing machince lower thread tangle

try changing the needle
try a different bobbin
make sure the bobbin is wound correctly and not over wound
make sure the bobbin is turned the right way in the bobbin case
clean under the needle plate and in the bobbin area for lint
make sure the top thread has not come off the thread take up lever

Nov 29, 2012 | Brother Sewing Machines

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change the needle--make sure it's the right one for the fabric being
rethread the top thread make sure to use every thread guide
also make sure the bobbin is inserted correctly into the bobbin
also make sure it bobbin is wound correctly, that it's not warp
it's also possible that the machine could be out of time

Jul 22, 2012 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have brother xl3200, can i free motion sew on that?

can you drop the feed dogs on your machine ? if you can then you can

Jun 30, 2010 | Brother XL-5130 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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