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Thread: Needing help getting the bobbin thread to come up from the bottom of this machine got any ideas? It's a side loading bobbin on a vintage machine. I've googled but can't find the right help.

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    After my last post I checked the picture again and it also looks like your bobbin winder is engaged. Turn it off and it should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    What is the model number of the machine? The following website has free threading diagrams for older machines. Not sure if this is the model you have:
    http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diag...ng_diagram.htm

    The bobbin case looks like yours, so I'm thinking the bobbin directions should be the same. If your machine is a different model, you can probably find the exact threading diagram for it on the sewusa website.
    And if you look at the directions on that site, the bobbin thread should come out the top of the bobbin case--it isn't hard, but might take some practice.

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    I don't have the solution to your machine, but I want to follow to see what the solution is. I have an old machine that the needle goes in differently and I always forget until I start to sew.

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    When I taught sewing in middle school I always told the kids to: HOLD THE NEEDLE THREAD IN LEFT HAND--TURN HAND WHEEL 1 COMPLETE TURN ONLY WITH RIGHT HAND AND PULL UP ON THE THREAD IN THE LEFT HAND. A LOOP SHOULD COME UP (THE BOBBIN THREAD) PULL THREAD THROUGH AND YOU ARE READY TO GO.
    Good luck. Hope this helps.
    Phyllis M prm

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewtruterry
    Something else noone mentioned yet... once you find the manual check to see if the machine requires oiling and give her a drop where suggested. With any machine that requires only if they are dry they will not pick up thread or lock a stitch as this will throw the timing off slightly. After all of this advice if it still will not sew it may need more tlc from a qualified sewing repair person.
    I did do this. :) I knew since I hadn't had it I couldn't be certain it had been oiled lately.

    Hopefully I can mess with it tonight. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by writerwomen
    You'll also notice the little finger at the top of the bobbin. In this case the bobbin thread has to also go up between those little pinching fingers though the tip. The point of the finger on the bobbin should be straight up when loaded and the bobin has to sit securely the race way. This is one of the more complex bobbins to load.
    I wondered about this!! I will have to check on this too.

    Thank you all so much for your help. I really do appreciate it. :)

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    My sister-in-laws mother had an old machine that threaded only when you rolled the hand wheel backwards. ??? Hope you figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntdeb
    My sister-in-laws mother had an old machine that threaded only when you rolled the hand wheel backwards. ??? Hope you figure it out.
    Thanks I'll try that too.

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    I have tried everything that I can to get this thing to go. Still not working. Ugh!

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    It looks just like my Domestic Rotory. It has to be something simple. Start from the beginning.
    Thread the top exactly like the manual says. Use the correct needle, in the correct position. Try a new needle even. A bent needle will not work right.
    Then remove bobbin, and replace in the correct position.
    Then turn hand wheel slowly, so you can see what the needle is doing . . .

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    Just wondering if you've figured it out yet. It's a beautiful machine. Maybe someone else with the same machine could help you out. Good luck. I will be watching for progress and success. Good Luck!!!

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    Had an old Kenmore with a side bobbin. After many tries and attemps I found that part of the shuttle broke off. Try to find a parts list with pictures.

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    This is the same exact machine I have Kenmore 117 959. I am looking for a bobbin case and bobbin for it. It was my GMs. Someone on the board is working on this for me. I can't wait to see if it fits.
    Re-post when you get it working! I want to know how you like it! I have the manual and now I have to study it. It says the flat side of the needle should be on the right. It should desend through the center of the needle plate hole from front to rear, but close to the right side of the needle plate hole. If it doesn't do that the needle is bent or not set right.
    peace

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    Well, I took it to our local shop and the lady there just LOVED it! She really went on and on about it. She showed me how to thread it. I don't have a manual for it. She showed me that my needle was what looked to be too short and didn't have a sharp edge anymore. She sold me some new ones for me to try. I haven't had time yet to even try them out yet. I need to do it.

    I have a ???? She said there wasn't any packing around the barings/bearings is this something I can do myself? She said for $50 they would clean it and oil and pack it for me. I know that doesn't sound like a lot but really all I gave for the machine was $50 and I don't really have it to do. Can anyone suggest what I should do?

    TIA,
    Angie

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