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Thred is fraying, or seperating when going through needle eye.

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Use left twist thread

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My brother innovis machine has a problem. Top thread frays and breaks, not not seem to be picking up bobbin thread properly. I have changed the needle tried a previous bobbin.

Be sure to install a brand new needle--check that the needle eye is the correct size for the thread you are using--a small needle eye will shred heavy thread. It may also help to remove the top thread from the machine, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Verify the thread path is correct. Try different thread--AVOID old or bargain bin thread. Check that the upper tension is not too tight.

If the top does not pick up the bobbin thread, the machine may be out of time.

Otherwise, there may be a burr or snag somewhere along the thread path that is catching and fraying the thread. Sometimes there is a snag in the bobbin area (possibly the needle plate or hook) that is rubbing the thread.

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Tips for Threading your Needle

It's my experience that the automatic needle threaders on most machines work fine for a while, then the little hook that pulls the thread through the eye of the needle gets bent so it won't go in the eye anymore.
Here are a few tips that will help threading your needle the old-fashioned way easier:
1. Use a pair of tweezers. I have a large pair of tweezers that live on my sewing table. They are great for pulling out threads I've ripped out, for helping guide fabric under the pressure foot, and for threading the needle. I hold the thread in the tweezers maybe 1/2" or less from the end of thread, and it just slides on through.
2. Instead of,or in addition to, wetting the end of the thread, wet the eye of the needle. (I lick my index finger and wipe the eye with it.) For some reason, the moisture in the eye sort of pulls the thread in.
3. Make sure the thread ends with a sharp cut. Snip off the end if it's the least bit raveled or frayed.
4. Use plenty of light. The little lights on most sewing machines are really pretty pathetic, so don't depend on that for your only light source, especially when threading your needle. I have a clamp-on light, a floor lamp, and two table lamps on when I'm sewing--and that isn't enough, sometimes!
5. Get a pair of reading glasses. They magnify small things--like the eye of a sewing machine needle!
Hope these tips help!!! Happy Sewing to you all,


on Feb 22, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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My Elna 730 pro. The thread is fraying and breaking.

Be sure to install a brand new needle that is recommended for the thread and fabric you are using.

Check to make sure the machine is threaded correctly. Remove the thread and rethread from the beginning.

Could be old/bargain bin variety thread. Use only fresh, good quality thread.

Another possibility is an incompatibility of needle, thread, fabric. Make sure the thread is not too small for the needle eye which will cause thread fraying. If the fabric is coarse or dense, it can also cause the thread to fray--a needle with a larger scarf (ie top stitch needle) will help protect the thread during the multiple times the needle pierces the fabric. In rare instances, the needle may be defective or there machine has a burr somewhere that is catching and shredding the thread.

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It is important to install brand new needles frequently, ie every 8 hours of sewing. The needle is a very inexpensive item but could be very expensive in frustration, damaged fabric, and possible machine damage.

May 09, 2017 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Juki Lu-562 breaking, fraying thread. The tread will fray and eventually break a lot. Is there anything else besides a different size needle or burrs on the foot plate for foot feed?

Be sure that you are using only fresh, good quality thread. Old or bargain bin thread will fray easily. Does the thread have little hairs (fibers) sticking out? If so, get rid of it. Try a different type of thread, ie polyester thread. (FWIW, Coats & Clark used by a stand-by, but it is a lesser-quality thread these days.) Be sure to use the same thread in the bobbin--polyester thread will tend to cut cotton. Try flipping the thread spool over so it feeds off in the opposite direction. Make sure the machine's bobbin area is clean of any lint or debris. The tension may be too tight. The thread may be mis-threaded or the thread is restricted somewhere, ie wrapped around a thread guide or the spool pin. Be sure the thread is running through the thread guide immediately above the needle. Remove the thread and rethread from the beginning. You might try a different type of needle, ie top-stitch needle. Top-stitch needles have a larger scarf that will protect the thread as it pierces the fabric multiple times before forming a stitch. A Top-stitch or Metafil needle has a larger eye to accommodate bigger thread. Are you sewing unusually coarse fabric? It is abrasive and could be causing the excessive fraying.

If the fraying continues, there may still be a burr somewhere.

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Mar 13, 2017 | Juki Sewing Machines

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My thread keeps fraying And my stitch platt is fine

Is it fraying at the needle? AVOID using old or bargain bin thread. Could be the needle eye. It may have a burr/nick or the thread is too heavy for the needle eye. If you are sewing coarse fabric, try a needle with a larger scarf that will help protect the thread from shredding.

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Dec 11, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Brother PC 700 embrodery machine

change the needle--flat side goes to the back of the machine
check the needle plate for burrs
check bobbin case for burrs

Apr 06, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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Why dose the thred keep breaking even when im useing heavy dudy thred

try rethreading the machine
the thread tenison may be to tight
the needle could be damaged
needle & thread may not be compatable--here's how to tell

Cut 6-8 inch piece of thread of the spool you are going to use for your project
Take the needle you are going to use for the project
& insert the thread thru the eye of the needle
& lift one end of the thread to a 45 degree angle
& if the needle is the right size for the thread it will slide down the thread
But if the needle hangs on the thread you need one size larger needle for the thread

Oct 11, 2010 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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The top thread is fraying, and not stitching. I t...

If the top thread is being struck by the hook it will frey. Take the needle plate off thread the top of the machine, turn it as it would if you were to sew, there is a hook on the bobbin shuttle that will come around to pick up the top thread. that hook should pass a 1/16 or so above the eye of the needle. If that hook pass to soon, or to late it will strike the thread and split it. The needle needs to go all the way down and just begin it travel back up, this allows the thread to make a hoop for the hook to go through. You can adjust the timing by loosning the hold screws slitly and turning the shuttle to the correct spot, go in small movements.

May 18, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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The needle is not picking the thred from the lower

The timing mechanism is likely off. Take off the plastic bobbin case and see if the eye of the needle, on its way up, is just below the metal hook that catch the thread. If not, you need to ajd the timing mechanism

Jan 01, 2010 | Sew Smart Sewing Machines

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Thread breaking on Simplicity Denim Star

Hi, when your thread breaks or frays right before in goes through the eye of the needle:
  1. Change your needle - after awhile, the eye can wear down and cause your thread to break or fray, eventhough it looks like the thread isn't even going through the needle. When you change your needle, make sure to install a needle that is compatible with the thread you are using (see below).
  2. If your thread still frays or breaks, make sure you've threaded your machine correctly. Most machines have a hook or bar right above the needle that your thread need to pass thru before you put the thread thru the eye of your needle. Sometimes that spot above the needle is really hard to get to, and sometimes the thread slips out. Always a good idea to double check. If you are still having problems, the needle you are using is probably the wrong size.
There are lots of needles on the market, and lots of threads. You need to make sure your needle is compatible with the thread you use for each project.

The most common needles are size 80 and 90 universal needles, which are fine for most sewing projects. But if you are using a specialty thread, you need to use a needle that is designed to work with that particular thread. For example, top stitching needles have a larger eye than a universal needle, because top stitching thread is thicker than sewing thread. The same is true for metallic thread - needles made for metallic thread an eye designed to allow the thread to pass thru without fraying. Further, if you using fine thread, you need a small needle.

FYI - unfortunately, thread sizes do not correspond directly with needle sizes. Small needle numbers indicate a needle with a small eye. But the smaller the thread size, the larger the thread. For example, size 50 thread is very fine and would usually be used with a size 70 needle. Size 30 thread is fairly thick and would probably be used with a size 90 top stitch needle.

Hope this helps, and remember, you should always change your needle after about 10 hours of sewing, no matter what size needle you are using. If you have more questions, please post again. Thanks, Ginny

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