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Sewing Machine Needle Jammed

My sewing machine was a gift and has no manual. I just got it back from the shop after having full maintenance done and the needle is jammed. I removed the bobbin and the threads from the needle and it still won't move. I don't want to take it back to the shop, so I hope its something simple.

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

You didn't mention the make of your machine but try :usersmanualguide.com and see if yours is listed. I'd also take it back to the shop where you had it repaired. By the way, I loved your signature on your profile.Very unique.

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

If the bobbin is jammed with thread the needle won't move as the mechanisms work off each other. Be sure to use the same thread both top and bottom and use good quality thread.

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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

This could also happen to cause a jam: The case the bobbin sits in could be the culprit. There's a lifter that holds the bobbin case down so it doesn't slip. It may have gotten moved or loosened when the jam was created and won't allow the needle to function.

I have an older almost in pristine condition sewing machine and it can only work without jamming up if I use a cotton thread. Mercerized threads purchased at WalMart have some elasticity in them and will stretch and a jam happens. Today's machines should all work with today's threads. You didn't mention if the sewing machine was an older model or a new one.

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November 16, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you for your comments. My sewing machine is a Nelco Ultra, and the bobbin chamber had shifted and jammed it self in place, but its all fixed now!

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