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Thread: Taking up the bobbin thread

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    Senior Member jtapp9's Avatar
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    Im at my wits end. I spent the morning rearranging my sewing room and making room for all my machines, new and vintage. I dug out my 1974 Domestic and put it in a sewing table. I had this machine running just a few months ago. Today, I can't get the darned needle to take up the bobbin thread. I have done everything I can think of. Changed thread, chnged bobbins, rethreaded changed needles. It's driving me crazy!!! I have taken out the bobbon case and put it back, even.

    The hook in the bobbin area is not catchiing the thread when the needle drops down inside. It's almost as if the needle is coming back up before the hook rotates high enough to catch the thread. The bobbin case only sits in the hole one way so I'm not sure its possible for me to have it in wrong.

    Any thoughts, advice or new things to try.....I was really looking forward to SEWING tonight.....but I want all my machines up and running first...lol. Ive had fun collecting and playing with them these past couple of weeks :)

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    Are you sure the flat side of the needle is in the right position for that machine. I know they are not all the same.

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    I have actually tried it with the needle in every direction :(

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    Maybe the timing is out of sync?
    If so I don't know how to fix it. I guess you'd have to take it in to be serviced.
    There's someone here who knows all about older machines. Maybe he'll see your post and can help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    Maybe the timing is out of sync?
    If so I don't know how to fix it. I guess you'd have to take it in to be serviced.
    There's someone here who knows all about older machines. Maybe he'll see your post and can help you.
    I have to agree here. It does sound like a "timing" isssue.

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    Does it have anything to do with the way you put the plate cover back on..i ask because i spent 2 days on the featherweight when I got my first one and couldn't get it to work..then discovered it had to do with that...

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    I had the same issue w/my Singer 66, I tried everything I could think of and then took the needle out (for about the 6,737 time) and the needle wasn't all the way in. So even though you've checked it, try it again. Who knows maybe try 6,738 will do the trick.

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    I just had that happen tonight after my needle broke. The needle I replaced it with wouldn't pick up the bobbin thread because the needle was too short. Not sure where it came from. A longer needle and I was sewing again. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarieM
    So even though you've checked it, try it again. Who knows maybe try 6,738 will do the trick.



    :lol: :lol: I will try it again. The thing is, I can see that the needle is going in and touching the thing in the needle bar where it stops. I dont have and cannot find a manual so stuff like this is frustrating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee G
    I just had that happen tonight after my needle broke. The needle I replaced it with wouldn't pick up the bobbin thread because the needle was too short. Not sure where it came from. A longer needle and I was sewing again. Good luck!
    I keep wondering if this is the problem. Guess I should check my needles. Never realized they were different lengths!

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    Trust me, the bobbin case can only fit one way, I know this as the first time I cleaned it I put it in wrong, screwed something up and close to 200.00 later it was fixed. I am careful with that now.

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    My treadle takes a needle that is longer. I just pulled the needle out of the needle bar until it picked up the bobbin thread and it sewed great then. I did have the needle that was in it when I purchased it so I measured and it was way longer then the needles we use now.

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    Have you looked on the manufacturer's website for the manual? My daughter found the one for her inherited oldie but goodie...

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    Are you sure you are using the right size needle...I've had that issue before. I was sure I had the correct needle but when I compared it to the one in the machine it was about 1/8" longer. I'm really not a dumb person put sometime I wonder LOL.

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    Next time I'm at the store I'm going to get some different neeldles. All I have now are 15x1H's. This machine has sewed intermittenly since it was given to me so the wrong needle size really makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiaraquilts
    Have you looked on the manufacturer's website for the manual? My daughter found the one for her inherited oldie but goodie...
    The specific manufacturer isnt in business anymore and I have searched high and low to know avail to find a manual. Have found them for other machines but not this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtapp9
    Quote Originally Posted by chiaraquilts
    Have you looked on the manufacturer's website for the manual? My daughter found the one for her inherited oldie but goodie...
    The specific manufacturer isnt in business anymore and I have searched high and low to know avail to find a manual. Have found them for other machines but not this one.
    you may be able to find one in the Smithsonia(sp) archives.
    I was able to download a manual for my New Home treadle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtapp9
    Next time I'm at the store I'm going to get some different neeldles. All I have now are 15x1H's. This machine has sewed intermittenly since it was given to me so the wrong needle size really makes sense.
    Ask the store folk first before buying new needles. Explain the problem and identify the machine. They probably will tell you what to do that will work best. If the store is far away, try a phone call.

    ali

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    I had the same problem with a different brand of machine. The problem was the needle shaft had slipped down. There is a tiny set screw that holds the needle shaft in place on the big shaft and it came loose letting the needle shaft slip down a tiny bit. I could see the mark line where the needle shaft had slipped down form. I pushed it back up to the mark and tightened the set screw and problem solved.

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    This is Billy's thread for vintage machines
    lostn51 http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1.htm
    He may be able to help you. :-)

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