Bobbin issue
« on: March 01, 2016, 01:49:04 PM »
I'm somewhat new at this. Why isn't my bobbin thread catching? I have rethreaded the machine, cleaned, oiled, put in a new needle, and stood on my head. What else should I do?

Re: Bobbin issue
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2016, 03:27:34 PM »
Three items to check come to mind.  1. Needle bar height.  Look for 3 quarters of the eye of the needle being visible with the needle in the lowest position.  2. Needle rotation.  Eye of the needle should be either straight on with the machine or may be up to 5 degrees rotated counter clockwise.  Scarf of the needle should be towards the rear of the machine.  3. Timing, check with your timing tool.  Rotation as well as distance between the needle and hook assembly. 

Normally standing on your head does not help. :)
John Gruber

 Quilted Treasures  - Eagle River, AK

Independent Authorized Dealer - Gammill Quilting Systems

Re: Bobbin issue
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2016, 01:49:59 PM »
Thanks John, I've done the needle first as it was the most simple. Now on to the timing check. Will let you know if I end up back on my head! 😉

Theresa

Re: Bobbin issue
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2016, 02:16:04 PM »
The hook assembly should pass as close to the needle as possible without touching the needle.  Sometimes a tedious task.

Holding your tongue just right helps with this task. :D
John Gruber

 Quilted Treasures  - Eagle River, AK

Independent Authorized Dealer - Gammill Quilting Systems