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From: allanorah
Date: 04-09-2007, 09:35 PM (1 of 11)
Ok...I fail miserably!

I can't thread my machine. As in, I can't pick up the bobbin thread....

:bluesad: :bluesad:

Thanks in advance!!

(cus i'm currently failing miserably)
User: allanorah
Member since: 03-25-2007
Total posts: 20
From: pinecone
Date: 04-09-2007, 10:02 PM (2 of 11)
Hey Melissa, you can't fail as long as you are still trying. :up: Do you have a manual for your machine yet? What comes to mind is to make sure the top is threaded correctly , the bobbin is put in the bobbin case correctly and make sure the needle is OK. How frustrating when you are all set to go.

User: pinecone
Member since: 03-10-2007
Total posts: 59
From: lendube
Date: 04-09-2007, 10:09 PM (3 of 11)
Is enough of the bobbin thread hanging out for the top thread to pick up? If it's too short it won't work. Doesn't matter if it's too long.

Also, is the bobbin inserted to unwind in the correct direction? Is the bobbin in correctly if it's different on each side?

Good luck, girl! :up:

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: Sancin
Date: 04-09-2007, 11:24 PM (4 of 11)
Melissa - do not worry about things that do not work right away. I have been sewing for over 50 years. On occasion I have had the same thing happen to me. This happens when I have been away from my machine for awhile. I forget to hold onto the top thread while trying to pull up the bobbin thread and simply let the needle down expecting it to pick up the bobbin thread on its own!! :sick: Or as Lennie suggests I occasionally do not have enough of a bobbin tail, tho that does not often happen to me.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 895
From: Tom Land
Date: 04-10-2007, 12:11 AM (5 of 11)
If you can't pick up the bobbin thread it is most likely one of the following problems.
1. The thread is not in the take-up lever.
2. The needle is not in correctly.
3. The needle is being threaded from the wrong direction.
4. The bobbin thread is too short to pick up.
5. The machine's hook is out of time.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
From: allanorah
Date: 04-12-2007, 09:47 PM (6 of 11)
Sorry for the late response (stress induced amenorrhea and having apartment being looked at kinda ate my time as well as classes and work, fun!!)

I think everything is threaded correctly, and there is definitely enough of a bobbin tail, it's pretty long.

And when I finally get ready to go, and everything looks likes its threaded, the needle doesn't go down. When nothing is threaded and when I was figuring out how it worked, the needle moved.

Oh grr. :bluesad:

Thanks again!
User: allanorah
Member since: 03-25-2007
Total posts: 20
From: lamx
Date: 04-13-2007, 07:46 AM (7 of 11)
If the needle won't go down, check the knurled, chrome wheel in the center of the balance wheel to make sure it is screwed down tight. Next, check to see if the motor is spinning, but not turning the handwheel - you could have a loose belt. Since you got your machine in a dumpster dive, it probably needs cleaning and oiling. The Yahoo Vintage Kenmore Group could help you with that process.

User: lamx
Member since: 05-04-2006
Total posts: 44
From: allanorah
Date: 04-13-2007, 11:58 PM (8 of 11)
Hey Ed,

I ended up getting a friend who has been sewing most of her life, and she couldn't really find out where the problem was. So I think I need to go find someone to fix it...

So, at least the problem wasn't with me! I ended up going over her house and finishing up my lil dragon that I was sewing for Saturday. he is if you guys wanted to see him:

He looks better in person...and I've dubbed him Stumpy. And I apologize for poor image quality
User: allanorah
Member since: 03-25-2007
Total posts: 20
From: grandma C
Date: 04-22-2007, 12:46 AM (9 of 11)
Good luck with your machine. Stumpy is adorable. Is he for a special occasion?
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: pinecone
Date: 04-22-2007, 03:02 PM (10 of 11)
How are you doing with your machine? College will be winding down soon and those pesky finals. :shock:
User: pinecone
Member since: 03-10-2007
Total posts: 59
From: Kylnne2
Date: 04-22-2007, 06:03 PM (11 of 11)
Cute lil dragon, I'm glad you got to finish him. The first pic I saw come up of him, spooked me a bit, I thought it was the lil demon that got into your machine.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
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