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Thread: Bobbin in white featherweight won't stay in

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    Bobbin in white featherweight won't stay in

    I am new to the featherweight world, as I recently purchased a lovely machine that was operating with a nice stitch. I ordered a new belt, thoroughly cleaned it, oiled it, put the new belt on. Now the bobbin won't stay in. The thread comes up to the top and the wheel turns freely. I have studied the diagrams regarding reassembly of the bobbin case, and everything looks right. The bobbin doesn't seem to "click" when I put it in. Does anyone have any ideas? If I try to sew, the needle goes up and down and then the bobbin falls out.

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    Is the finger in the bobbin assembly in the notch? There's a notch under the feed dog plate that the finger needs to be in to work correctly. Is it threaded from right to left?

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    Yes to both.

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    Are you sure you wound a correct bobbin? An incorrect bobbin will not fit right in the case and would do what you're describing.

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    If you are sure the finger is in the right place, then how much oil did you use? More than one drop will cause issues with the bobbin. Take a q-tip and wipe it out. If that doesn't help, get a different bobbin.

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    When u are putting the bobbin in do not hold the latch open, or it wont snap.

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    It is the same bobbin and thread that I used when I got it. I have purchased some new bobbins, maybe I will wind one of those and see. I was very careful w the oil, actually I was worried that I didn't use enough, but I will double check that also. I'll be back! Thanks.

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    Ok, so I changed the bobbin , it still did it. But then I was showing my DH how the bobbin (case) didn't click to stay in, and it did!! It has a perfect stitch, sounds great. I did clean some additional grime out of the cracks of the bobbin case,....maybe that did the trick. I hope it doesn't reoccur, but all is well now. Thanks so much for all your suggestions.

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    Glad you got it worked out. Gunk can always be the culprit:>

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    You may want to take a good look at the bobbin case. It may have gunk, like Candace mentioned, or old oil, or it may be missing a screw or spring. (I'm guessing without seeing a pic. ) I have a blog article here:
    http://www.archaicarcane.com/2013/03/spring-has-sprung/ that may help. It shows how to take the whole thing apart and clean it up and reassemble. Just be careful, there are a few small parts, and they jump.
    Tammi - I've found that many baby steps tend to get you further than a huge leap in followed by a huge leap out - http://www.archaicarcane.com
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