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Trouble threading bobbin

SheShe | Posted in General Sewing Info on


I’m very new at sewing and I recently purchased a singer machine and ever since I replaced the needle my bobbin will not thread.

I keep on turning the handle and the bobbin thread does not pull up???

Any suggestions?



  1. anya1122 | | #1

    There are a few possibilities.  One check the needle. Needles have a short grove on one side and a long groove on the other.  If your needle is threaded from the front, the long groove should face you when it is put in.  Two, pull the bobbin thread about three inches out of the bobbin case.  Hope this helps.

  2. MegVT | | #2

    At the risk of offending I hesitate to mention this, but be sure your top thread is long enough (3 inches here will be sufficient beyond the eye of the needle) and hold on to the end of the top thread with your left hand as you rotate the wheel with your right hand. 

    All the best!


  3. user-227714 | | #3

    Perhaps you threaded the needle the wrong way.   Front to back vs. back to front. or right to left side vs. left to right side. Get my driff?

    Sew Cute

    1. GhillieC | | #5

      Is the bobbin inserted the correct way up?





      1. MOMPEA1 | | #6

        You took the words right out of my mouth....I have a Janome and if I insert the bobbin the wrong way I know really quickly because I can't stitch a stitch! Whether it's clockwise or counterclockwise the bobbin has to go in just so or you don't sew! :-D


        Good luck trying to solve your dilemma!


  4. SewTruTerry | | #4

    When you replaced the needle did you replace with a Singer needle?  I know that most people will tell you that all needles are alike but not in the case of Singers as the shank of the needle is a micron longer therefore if you replace with a generic needle the needle may not be long enough to pick-up the thread resulting in skipped stitches.  If you have not even gotten to the sewing phase then of course you would not be able to pick-up the bobbin thread. Try the old needle or get a package of new Singer needles.  Of course the other possiblity is that you broke the needle that you are replacing and when you did this you may have changed the timing thereby the thread from the needle is not down far enough to grab the bobbin thread when the hook comes around.  But I would check the needle first.  Good Luck.

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