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Top thread breaks when using metallic thread

When I try to use Sulky Metallic thread the top thread keeps breaking. I've trived using the vertical spool and I've reduced the upper tension

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  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    I have the same problem.
    I have not been able to use the SULKY metallic (maybe any kind) without breaking all my needles.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    top thread always breaking

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Some machines just won't take metallic thread no matter what you do.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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