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Old 08-10-2004, 05:52 AM
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Sewing Machine Help!

Help! I'm in the middle of a sewing project and now my sewing machine is acting up

The needle won't pick up the bobbin thread. I have checked my needle -it is in place. The bobbin thread and area are all fine, the thread matches the needle and bobbin thread.

Any ideas on what I should look at next?

It is a pfaff hobby 4240

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Have you tried putting in a new needle? You may also need to rethread the machine, or maybe it is a tension problem. I haven't used this machine so don't know how it works. Mine is an old slant needle Singer and one of these usually cures this problem for me.
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:26 AM
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Wildflower,
I have similar problems like the one you mentioned. I have found that I always need a new needle. Also clean out the lint where all thread runs through on top of machine from the spool of thread, If all else fails take it in to the repairman.

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Old 08-15-2004, 03:23 AM
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Wildflower,
You likely have your problem solved by now, but if not try removing the throat plate and carefully brush or blow out any lint that may have accumulated underneath and in the feed dogs. On my machine, an almost 40 year old New Home, it doesn't take but just a tiny little bit of lint to make it act up. You may need to change needles and rethread it to make it behave. A little bit of lint can cause a whole lot of aggravation.
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:55 AM
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I've had the same problem with my newer machine that sad to say I haven't used a whole lot yet! My problem turned out to be the bobbin I had not put in the macine with the thread coming out of it in the right direction. I don't ever remember having this problem with my old machine, but maybe because I used it so much it just became second nature to putting it in correctly! So I got out my direction booklet and followed it step by step and the problem was solved. I also cleaned out the lint in the bobbin area, but I don't think that problem was a probelm because there wasn't much there. It wouldn't pick up the bobbin thread, but just tied in knots around the bobbin ; what a mess it was until I think I solved the problem! Hope this solves your problem too!

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Old 08-16-2004, 06:29 PM
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I had the same problem two years ago just a couple of weeks before my daughter's wedding and I was knee-deep in sewing!! I tried everything and finally took it to the repairman. He said it was out of 'toe'??? He fixed it quickly while I waited. I have a Singer. Seems these problems only develop when we are trying to get something done!!! He explained it like a car gets out of alignment. I had hit something, but not hard enough to break a needle, but just enough to knock it out. Maybe that is the problem! Hope I was helpful!!
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Old 08-26-2004, 04:02 PM
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Thank you all for the replies. My dh read each and everyone and with your help fixed my machine. Apparently a gear has slipped.

Once again Thank you all

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Mine just did that again! A gear was broke!
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Yes and mine was $80 to fix when it had to be adjusted. In a bernina there are 'pin' settings that only repairmen have the tool set to readjust. In this case it was forcing the needle through jeans layers. How I miss my old Singer short shank machine.
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