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Sewing Machine Bobbin Not Catching?

I've borrowed a sewing machine for a small project and although I've tried and retried, the bobbin thread is just not catching in the needle. The bobbin doesn't even move! I've no idea what to try next. Any ideas?

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By Laura B

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March 17, 20140 found this helpful

Have you snapped the bobbin winding spool back to sewing mode (or however it's done to restore the machine to sewing mode)?

Are you following the step-by-step instructions in the user manual to properly seat the bobbin?

Are you following the proper thread path?

Have you reinstated the bobbin area cover?

If you've tried all of that, and can't find any help on the troubleshooting pages of the user manual, it's time to telephone the person you borrowed the machine from and plead for help/forgiveness.

**If this is an older machine you may not have caused the problem - instead you simply may be the unluckily timed user when an aging part failed.

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Offer to go parts in the cost of having the machine repaired and insist on knowing what happened - again, this may have been a part waiting to fail, something that happens regularly on older machines. Offering to help with the repair cost is good manners considering the machine owner was willing to lend it to you, even if it does turn out you didn't cause the breakdown.

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March 17, 20140 found this helpful

Bobbins come in different sizes. Make sure you have the right one for the machine. It is easy to get them mixed up. Visually they look very similar but one is flat on both sides and one is slightly rounded on one side.

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