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Thread: HOW on earth did I do this!?

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    Senior Member LLWinston44's Avatar
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    So I got my machine back today, and all that trouble was apparently I ran the needle through the bobbin case.

    HOW the heck could I do something like that!?!?! Literally.... how is that even possible, and what could I have done to do that!?

    You can see it up at the top.
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    Yrs ago I recieved a singer for graduation from HS. I sewed so much I sheered a cam into. Don't Know how I did that either and that was a long time ago.

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    Oooooo, looks like it hit pretty hard. How COULD that have happened?!?

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    I have no idea how that could have happened. I hope it wasn't too costly to get repaired.

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    I had to replace 2 on my Singer futura. On my machine a little flat spring deal was not in properly and it allowed the bobbin case to move and even jump out of it's space. Since the repairman showed me the problem.....everything is wonderful.:)

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    Looks like a drop in bobbin case. If the case was not sitting correctly in the opening, the needle could strike it. For my machine, I have to have the needle at the top most position before the case will seat correctly. It will, however, go in even if the needle is not where it's supposed to be. Not saying this is what you did, but a possibility.

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    I agree, how did that happen.

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    Thinking ... the bobbin seized at one point but the needle didn't. I know that *shouldn't* happen (they usually - or are supposed to seize in unison!), but it did!

    amazing that little nick can throw the whole works off.

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    I had to replace a bobbin on my Janome, don't know how it happened. Couldn't have been me! right?

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    Were you sewing some heavy duty stuff or just regular clothing/quilting?
    It looks like it got a big yank but not sure how.

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    I don't know but I'm so happy for you that you finally have your machine back!! :thumbup:

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    I was actually, at the moment, trying some FMQ. I don't know how to and was just seeing what the hubbub was about. I'll bet PaperPrincess is right!! I never even thought to pay attention to that.

    Man I love this board!!!

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    did you remove the bobbin case at some point?

    maybe it jumped or shifted while you were doing FMQ

    those are the ideas i can think of that might cause this to happen.

    either that or the guy did it to the bobbin case thinking you might ask to see the old one.

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    If you were FMQ'ing could you have moved the fabric too fast causing the needle to bend on the down stroke then deflect off the bobbin case?

    I'm glad you got it fixed. I hope they didn't ding you too badly for the new case. You may be able to salvage the damaged one as a spare by clipping the raised plastic off then smoothing the area with a nail file

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    did you change the needle plate at all, this happened on my babylock when I changed the needle plate without reading the instructions and I put it back on wrong

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    It happens. Such is life.

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    I've heard that sometimes when you sew too quickly (especially going away from you) you can bend the needle so that it will nick the bobbin cover and put the timing off.

    I've never done it so I don't know if this is really true or just a rumor but I thought I'd mention it.

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    Eww, ouch! When the needle broke I hope it did not fly into your face or eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    Eww, ouch! When the needle broke I hope it did not fly into your face or eyes.
    That's the thing! No needle ever broke!! Oh, and it cost $70. $40 for the labor (no servicing, just the one issue dealt with) and $30 for the part.

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    What size needle were you using to FMQ? The needle may have been too small and deflected enough to hit the bobbin case. Since it hit the bobbin case near the edge, the needle wouldn't necessarily have broken. But it may now be bent.

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