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Topic: My needle isnt catching my bobbin thread!!?!?!  (Read 27860 times)
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sophie345
« on: March 07, 2009 06:21:20 PM »

I just got the Singer 2250 Tradition in September (I know, I should have researched better) and it has already broke on me. I have no idea what caused the bobbin thread not to catch, and if its the timing is there any way for me to fix it myself? What could it be?
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009 01:22:05 AM »

Take a look at the manual and make sure you have the bobbin going in the right direction in the bobbin case. Each sewing machine is different. On my Kenmore the bobbin drops in counter clockwise, on my old Universal KAB you have to the bobbin with the tread facing away from you when you slide it in the bobbin case then pull it through the slot and put ut under the tension spring. It is the same for the Brother Lx3125 as the Universal.

Remember the needle bar needs to be in the highest point. Make sure the horn goes into the slot in the shuttle race and is properly seated in the race.

The bobbin needs to be about 5 inches long and your upper tread also needs to about 5 inches long from the needles eye. Hold your upper thread tightly so that when it enters the needle plate hole it can catch the bobbin thread. Pull both of the threads beneath the presuure foot and toward the rear of the machine. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009 04:27:11 PM »

I am having the same problem with my Singer Fashion Mate 258 so I am watching this thread. I have been through the same troublshooting that purefairydust recomments. I had to download the manual, which told me I did have everything threaded correctly.

I am wondering if I am missing some critical part, I bartered this on Craigslist and this is the 2nd time I have a machine I cannot use.

Good luck to you Sopie. I'll be watching.
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009 04:53:19 PM »

Resources for DIY Sewing Machine repair & Maintenance

Poke around- perhaps something there will help you out.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2009 08:33:45 AM »

This is happening to me on my brother vx-1120.  i have no idea what is wrong.

I was zigzagging on denim.  I went over a seam and heard this kinda clunk noise, so i put the presser foot up and removed the thread, then started over and from that point forward, my needle wouldn't catch the bobbin. It looks like the needle isnt even going far enough down to pick up the bobbin.

i took apart the bobbin case (front loading), rethreaded EVERYTHING, changed needles, used different weight thread, and still it is not picking up the bobbin thread. 

could this be a timing issue?
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2009 04:06:09 PM »

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could this be a timing issue?

Yep.  it's not that hard to knock a machine like yours out of time, and based on your description of events, it's very possible that is what happened.   Check out the page that I linked to above.  There is a link on that page which explains how to check the needle bar depth/height portion of the timing.  That is what I would suspect first on your machine.
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009 07:48:25 AM »

Thanks for the info!

I had a free estimate done at a sewing machine repair shop and they said the "hook timing" was off and it would be $50 to repair.  I might try to repair it myself but am still buying a new sewing machine anyway. I figure I might as well get with the times.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2009 06:31:02 PM »

Thanks for the info!

I had a free estimate done at a sewing machine repair shop and they said the "hook timing" was off and it would be $50 to repair.  I might try to repair it myself but am still buying a new sewing machine anyway. I figure I might as well get with the times.

The Baby-lock dealers have a special $24.95 clean out the cobwebs special to clean, oil, adjust timing, etc.  (Any brand.)  I think it's through Oct 31, but I can't find the ad now.  If you have a dealer close by it's worth it.  I took mine in last week and I finally have a great repair/service shop that I'll definitely go to again! 
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