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Sewing Machine Needle Not Catching Thread

It can be very frustrating if your machine is not sewing properly. This guide is about sewing machine needle not catching thread.
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By 5 found this helpful
October 22, 2010

Does anyone know anything about sewing machines? The bobbin thread isn't being picked up by the needle. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but it was working fine. It is possible, not sure, but the needle doesn't seem to be going down as far as it should. I am mighty confused. Please help.

By shivvers from Ireland

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October 22, 20100 found this helpful
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When I have that problem, I have found it works to hold the thread in the needle to the left while you put the needle down to pick up the bobbin thread. Sometimes it is still hard to see if the bobbin thread has come up and when that happens I take a darning needle and run it under the pressure foot and the bobbin thread is there, just needed a little help for me to see it and straighten it out.

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October 23, 20100 found this helpful
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If redhatterb's suggestion doesn't work, you might have the bobbin turned the wrong direction. Also, try removing the top thread and rethreading the sewing machine.

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October 26, 20100 found this helpful
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Sewing machines can be frustrating. Easy things to try, re-thread the machine and the bobbin. Be sure the bobbin thread is reasonably long (about4 inches). Be sure the needle is threaded from the correct side. Check your settings to see that you have everything on the correct setting. See if you have tightened up the knob or dial or whatever you have that enables you to thread your bobbin; you now have to have it back on the "sew" setting.

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Try changing the needle. If none of this works, find someone you know who sews, and get them to come over and have a look at your machine. Often it is an easy fix. Also check for loose threads stuck in the teeth or down in the bobbin case.

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October 26, 20101 found this helpful
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Try changing the needle for a new one. I don't know why but this usually works for me.

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October 26, 20101 found this helpful
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You may also check to make sure your needle is turned properly. I had this problem not too long ago. I had replaced the needle and tightened it in not realizing I had not set it in the slot properly. I redid it and it has worked well ever since.

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By 6 found this helpful
August 21, 2016

My mini sewing machine's needle is not picking up the bobbin thread. Why?

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August 27, 20161 found this helpful
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Make sure the needle is all the way in and that it's tight. Something of note: Schmetz and Klasse needles are different in length. Klasse needles are longer and cannot be used in my Singer. Klasse double needles broke in my Janome.

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Good luck

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August 27, 20160 found this helpful
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These two things should be done straight off whenever there are stitching whenever there are any kind of stitching issues. Put in a new needle. Sometimes a needle can get bent without realizing it. If you have a new needle you automatically exclude it as a reason the machine won't work. Re-threading is also something you should do right off. one of my machines sews goofy once in a while = when the unseen area isn't threaded properly.

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July 16, 20170 found this helpful
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I got a Barbie mini sewing machine at the goodwill for ten dollars. Well it wouldn't catch the bobbin thread!! I was reading on here to make sure needle was all the way up, I found out mine wasn't as far up as it should go, thank you for that bit of knowledge!!

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Still would not catch the bobbin thread though. I took the bobbin out again and got to looking down inside the bottom of where it sits. There was a piece of a broken needle in there. I got my tweezers out and removed it. The thing sews great now!!!! Thought this might help someone else.

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By 5 found this helpful
January 11, 2016

Why is stitching not appearing on my portable mini sewing machine? It's not taking thread from lower bobbin also. Please help me.

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January 16, 20160 found this helpful
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Thanks, Actually I have solved this problem on my own, there was a thread sort of issues that's all now it's working very well.

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February 7, 20170 found this helpful
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I had a similar issue. Just bring down needle position. It will catch the bobbin automatically.

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June 8, 2016

My mini sewing machine doesn't pick up thread from the bobbin and my fabric doesn't get stitched. Please help.

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June 14, 20160 found this helpful
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I unscrewed the needle screw and made it very loose so that when I inserted the new needle, it went all the way in. That solved my problem and the bobbin thread engaged!

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November 16, 2010

My machine suddenly stopped sewing. It is not picking up bobbin thread. There are no loops under the material. I have re-threaded it 3 times and have cleaned the bobbin area and rechecked the bobbin. I have also changed needle and thread. No luck.

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By Coral from Nudgee, QLD.

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November 17, 20102 found this helpful
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Try this. Turn your bobbincase on it's side. There should be a small screw. This will adjust the tension. When you put your bobbin in the bobbin case hang onto the thread and your bobbincase should slowly go downward (like a yo-yo). If it does not move you tightened the screw too much. Hope this helps.

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September 16, 20130 found this helpful
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I also have the same problem for the first time with my sewing machine Singer model 4423 purchased 3 months ago. As I was sewing the machine suddenly stopped and bent the needle then it stopped sewing. The knob on the right which controls the needle became unmovable. At first I still try to adjust the foot presser (labeled as # 2) but the knob is still tight.

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So I was forced to open the machine, now exposing all the metal parts, I thought of applying some machine oil to solve tightness and run it. To my amazement it runs smoothly so I continue adding more oil and the noise was lessened too. Now the thread problem, the needle still doesn't pick up the thread beneath.

So again I opened the bobbin part, removed the dust and put some oil and run the machine. Try running it but still doesn't sew properly. So I decided to remove the bobbin casing, removed the dust, put some oil and adjusted the metal part (where you hook the thread in place) on the left side. Hurray! It works! Hope this helps...

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August 16, 2017

Could having the wrong bobbin be the problem of the thread not catching?

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August 16, 20170 found this helpful
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Buying the correct bobbin for your machine is important. If the bobbin isn't fitting correctly, it will be hard for your needle to pick up the thread. Also check the way you have threaded the bobbin and the thread is on the canister correctly.

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August 17, 20170 found this helpful
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Using the correct bobbin for your machine is a major must but also using the correct bobbin for the material setting on your machine is just as important. You should have on hand several different bobbins so you will always have the right kind for the sewing you plan to do.

here is a link that explains about bobbins.

www.heirloomcreations.net/.../


You can buy bobbins at most larger box stores, craft stores and on line but you have to buy the correct ones for your brand and model machine. If there is a specialty store that sells your brand machine then you may want to go there first so you can talk to someone who should know all about your machine. The more you know about your machine the better you will like using it.

If you do not have a manual then you can Google "free manual (your brand machine & model number)" and most likely you will find several sites but try to go to your brand site for help first.
A very good place to ask questions about things like this is one of the craft stores (Micheal's, JoAnn's) as they have a lot of ex[experience in this area or they have names and numbers of teachers that might be able to help. Don't forget - ask questions and get to know your machine.

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November 12, 2015

So the sewing machine that I'm using is a Good Housekeeper made in Japan. It is a deluxe precision bill is what it says on the side and I think the model number is 1091TW. I've been researching and haven't found one just like this one on the Internet anywhere. So if anyone is familiar with this model, any pointers would be great. My problem is with stitching. I've tried different types of fabric the bobbin thread won't come through the fabric for it will make a stitch at all. I'll change the needle, I removed lint, and oiled it up. I just can't get it to make a stitch. Any help would be most appreciated.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful
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The timing is out the loop bobbin case is not catching needle thread as it goes down. Type problem into browser there's loads of videos some on you tube how to rectify problem. Good luck

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September 1, 2015

My machine keeps missing stitches. The top misses the bobbin, and then I'm left with really not excellent looking stitches. Also, my machine won't do a twin needle stitch properly. I'm concerned. Help? Thanks guys!

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September 3, 20150 found this helpful
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Take your machine to the repair tech - I do some vintage repair for my Sewing 101 students and it sounds to me as though there are multiple issues. Could be anything from excessive lint and thread fluff build-up to a bobbin or other gear on its last sewing legs.

Only a pro will be able to find and fix whatever is wrong with your machine.

This IS NOT a home repair job - please DO NOT take your machine apart to see if it looks like something simple you can do at home - IT'S NOT and the repair tech will charge you a lot more if he/she has to put a basket case back together before even beginning to work out what is wrong with the machine!

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January 10, 2018

I have a Brother RL425 sewing machine. The needle is not picking up thread from the lower bobbin. I have tried to adjust the needle to the correct height with the hook, but when it is low enough to catch the thread the needle hits the bottom of the bobbin setting case. (Sorry I don't know the technical terms. I hope this makes sense!)
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
TIA.

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January 12, 20180 found this helpful
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Double check that the bobbin is not in upside down. If it is, it can cause this to happen.

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February 17, 20140 found this helpful

I have Brother sewing machine Model VX-1120. It won't pick up the bobbin thread!

By Opal D.

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February 24, 20140 found this helpful
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First of all, here's a link to a free download for your machine:

http://www.brot  _1120_EN_203.PDF

Now check page 12 to be sure you're seating the front load bobbin case into the machine correctly, and that you've snapped the bobbin winder back to the sewing mode (follow the illustration on page 11 and 12).

Next go to page 14 and be sure you're following all of those directions for pulling up the thread.

If none of the above solves your problem, check page 47 (Performance checklist) and if nothing there solves your problem (are your feed dogs set to 'no-feed? That will keep your bobbin thread from pulling up on some models), it's time to find a factory trained Brother repair tech!

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May 22, 20130 found this helpful

The bobbin thread isn't coming up to the top, when I turn the wheel manually. I used a new spool of thread and rewound a new bobbin and it still isn't working. What should I do?

By Grace

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May 27, 20130 found this helpful
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Make sure your bobbin case is loaded correctly and the bobbin thread is following the correct path to permit top thread pick-up.

Is your machine a front/side load bobbin system, or the top drop-in type? It can make a difference in top thread pick-up especially if you are new to sewing or don't sew often. The front/side load bobbins are really hard to load correctly and can cause no end of difficulties for the beginner or infrequent sewer.

The age of the machine can make a difference too. On a modern machine (newer than ten years old) a lot of the timing mechanisms are magnetic and can be thrown off by using a metal bobbin spool instead of the recommended plastic. If the machine timing is off the needle may be descending into the bobbin pick-up area at the wrong time the bobbin presents bobbin thread for pick-up.

On a vintage machine (older than 25 years), gears can wear out. You can load that bobbin correctly all day but if the gears are worn or broken you won't be able to pick-up the bobbin thread.

Step One: try following the user guide instructions for your machine to load the bobbin into your machine. Pay especial attention to the thread path for the bobbin thread.

If that doesn't help you may have a broken or worn bobbin gear(s) somewhere in the works between where you wind the bobbin and where the bobbin is loaded OR the timing is off-a job for a qualified technician. Shouldn't cost more than $80USD for the repair+a check-up and tune-up of the machine. Be sure to get detailed information from the repair tech as to what happened and why so that you can avoid a repeat in the future.

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February 3, 2017

I don't know what else to do because I've followed all of the fixing procedures. I'm frustrated coz my new mini sewing machine is refusing to catch thread from the lower bobbin. Please what else can I do? I just bought the machine.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 1, 2018

My mini electric sewing machine is not picking up thread from the bobbin.

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January 2, 20180 found this helpful
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Make sure the bobbin area is clean of lint, fabric and thread. Make sure bobbin is not inserted backwards or upside down.

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November 18, 20130 found this helpful

I have just bought a used Home Elite Pro. I threaded it like the manual said, but the needle is not pulling up the bobbin thread. I've used a sewing machine once in my life so I'm not experienced. How do I make it work?

By JB

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By 0 found this helpful
February 22, 2017

I bought a 2nd hand Sewland kids sewing machine at the op shop. It didn't come with a bobbin case. Should it have one? I can't seem to pick up the bobbin thread without one.

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March 20, 20150 found this helpful

My machine is new, but when I go to sew, the bobbin thread doesn't come up and the needle thread is hooking all over the bobbin. Why?

By Atinus from Kusunti, Nepal

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By 0 found this helpful
June 26, 2010

My sewing machine needle keeps hitting something and my bobbin will not loop at the bottom.

By blazing from OKC, OK

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June 30, 20100 found this helpful

The needle may not be in correctly.
Check your presser foot that it is in correctly.
Hand roll the machine so you can see where it is hitting. It might be the dogs have moved.
Make sure the bobbin shuttle is locked in place.
Could be timing.

Ria

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September 8, 2018

The thread is not coming out from the bobbin under the presser foot. What should I do?

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November 29, 2017

I have a Kenmore sewing machine. It seemed to be working great until I changed the thread to top stitch thread and I put it in the bobbin too. Now it won't pick up the bobbin thread when using this thread. I changed the needle to a top stitch needle, but it did not help.

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August 16, 2016

My New Home machine was working fine. Then it stopped picking up the bobbin thread. Why?

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November 12, 20140 found this helpful

My sewing machine needle will not pull the thread from the bobbin.

By Joe

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March 9, 20140 found this helpful

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?

By Laura B

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