Okay, posting here is my last straw with my Kenmore. I've been working on it for two weeks and haven't had any luck whatsoever. I know how to sew basic stitches, but I don't know anything about machine functions or machine repair.
It will not pick up the bobbin thread. I've done everything - rethreaded it, changed needles, took the entire bobbin shuttle case out and put it back together, but nothing works.
It honestly looks like the needle is not reaching the bobbin thread - like it's not long enough. However, I am using the needles that actually came with the machine, so I know they are the right size.
The only other thing I can think of is maybe I didn't put everything back together correctly. I've watched oodles of YouTube videos and read tons of how-to instructions, both offline and online.
On a related note, this is a lower model machine that I received as a gift a few years ago. Since repair costs would be as much as the machine costs, would it be better to just buy a new machine?