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Thread: Featherweight 221 Trouble Shooting

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    My best machine just began pulling the top thread through to the internal bobbin mechanism and 'hanging up'. I oil her and keep her lint free. I use good thread that she has always loved (Gutterman). I feel like it may be a tension problem, but tried to adjust. The top stitch is not her familiar quality, but she works for a while and then the top thread gets stuck in the internal bobbin mechanism. Please help. I am in the middle of piecing for a class.

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    If you haven't already done so, rethread her top and bottom.

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    Change the needle....

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    try a different bobbin

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    Will change needle and bobbin this morning! Thank you. Have re-threaded a few times and it made her sew somewhat better. I am wondering about tension.

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    Could be a bad needle. I would do as they say, change needle and bobbin. Then rethread. Make sure the upper tension is not too loose.

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    Take the bobbin out and turn the machine over...sounds like something is stuck down in the bobbin assembly area...even 1 tiny thread will do that. Also do what the others said...new needle, etc.

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    Good luck

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    Thanks everyone. I used several suggestions and she is sewing like a dream!

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