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Embroidery After I put in the first few stitches, trim the thread and set it going again it skips to the last color of the design regardless of where I started. It isn't the card I switched to a different one. When I switched the design to single color it just stopped half way through the first color. (This is with my Artista 200, I couldn't find a forum for them. I have one of each and they're pretty similiar)

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If you doing an embroidery, it has to have something to do with the way the design was digitized. We have a BERNINA ARTISTA 180 and have never come across this problem. The embroidery machine only reads what is on the disk. Try putting your design through the computer.

Posted on May 26, 2008

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Will not sew continuestly when im embrodering when i press the reverse button

It is completely normal for a Bernina 180 and other Bernina models to stitch just a few stitches and stop after first pushing the reversing button. The reason for this is so you can cut off the extra piece of top thread so it does not get caught up in the embroidery design. After you cut off that extra piece of thread, press the reversing button (hold it in till the machine starts) then it will continue with the design. Assuming you do not have a problem (a message would come up on the screen) or you are out of bobbin thread, the machine will continue to embroider till either the design is finished or it stops because you need to change the upper thread to the next color. Each time you start to embroider it will stitch about 3 or so stitched and stop. Cut off the extra thread and press the reversing button again to continue.
If this is not the problem you are having then you need to describe your problem better, in more detail.
This should help! Bill

May 26, 2015 | Bernina Artista 180

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Having difficulty with free motion machine embroidery on my Janome Mystyle 16, top thread keeps breaking. What can I do to stop the thread from breaking? Plus the stitching is very erratic,any ideas?

1. Set up for regular sewing (not embroidery).
2. Adjust the tension of the bobbin and the top thread so that you have a nice straight stitch.
3. Check your thread quality. Is it fuzzy or have small trails sticking out. No Walmart thread allowed. Only top notch embroidery thread allowed.
4. When you've been successful with the thread and tension go ahead and set up for free arm.
5. Sew free arm but remember machine has to keep up with you. If you go too fast you will be pulling the thread and probably will break the thread.
6. Your erratic stitch is caused by the speed at which you are moving the hoop. Going fast; then slow is going to make a long stitch and then a short stitch, etc.

Apr 03, 2015 | Janome Sewing Machines

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Can you backstitch during embroidery?

You don't use the back stitch or reverse button during embroidery since you are stitching out a design and not using your utility stitches. If you missed some stitches and you want to re-stitch a portion of your design or what I think you mean by "back stitch", there is a button that either says reverse, back or shows stitches with a + and - so you can backup and go over the area you missed. It usually lets you back up a stitch at a time, 10 at a time and 100 at a time. I use it sometimes to get a thicker satin stitch if it looked too thin the first time. Just be careful not to go over it more than once as it might bunch up. They also show a button usually with a spool on it so you can back up an entire thread color. It will probably be in your manual under "what to do when the thread breaks" or something similar. Happy embroidering!

Jul 04, 2010 | Baby Lock Ellure

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I need the cd that teaches you how to use the brother pe150v embroidery machine do u know where to buy please? Thank you.

You will have to contact a Brother dealer to see if they can get a DVD for you.

The operation of this model is very straight forward, if you need a manual, you can download a free one here -

You can also find free tips and tutorials at

The easiest way to learn how to use this machine is to gather your supplies: embroidery thread (choose a few basic colors), machine embroidery bobbin thread (important to use this and not the top thread), medium weight cut away stabilizer and scraps of fabric.

Open the manual right next to the embroidery machine.

Read and follow each step.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer and then stitch out a few of the built-in designs. The select a frame and stitch that around the design. Bump up the position of what you have stitched out and select a few letters to put under it.

It may not be perfect the first time, but if you keep playing you will soon be very proficient.

If you need more assistance as you learn, visit on-line embroidery forums such as Ann The Gran or SewForum.

Relax and enjoy a great craft.

Mar 02, 2010 | Brother PE-150V Computerized Sewing...

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When stitching the design the upper thread keeps

The tension is not properly set for embroidery, try to rethread totally new. Sometimes it is also caused by broken thread inside the machine, you can open it with the supplied L-shaped tool on the left side of the machine where the lamp is located and than take it out with a tweezer.

Dec 21, 2009 | Bernina Artista 180

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Viking Designer 1 balleds / Birdnest / issues after repaired from Husk service center in midwest - replaced thread needle and adjusted tension .. freequilting and embroidery situations

birdsnest refers to a mess of thread on the underside of fabric when you start sewing (after a few stitches all looks good). if this is the case and it is happening during embroidery, switch off jump stitch thread cutting.

if it happens at the start of normal sewing, either hold your needle thread when you start sewing or make sure the needle thread is under the presser foot and held by the presser foot when you start sewing. this way you will have an inch or so of thread on top of your fabric which you can trim instead of a mess underneath.

if there is a mess underneath for more than first few stitches, either your check spring in the needle tension area is set incorrectly, or your needle tension is set too loose (adjustable in sevice menu by tech only) or there is foreign matter caught in tension assembly preventing proper tension.


Jul 26, 2009 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

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Once I set up my design card and select design, the needle moves

Hi, and welcome to FixYa. If I understand your problem, the needle goes in and out of your fabric, and the embroidery hoop moves, but the machine does not actually start embroidering your design right away....did I get it right? If have time to answer a few questions, I can give more accurate instructions.

  1. How long have you had your machine?
  2. How long have you been doing machine embroidery?
  3. Do you have a manual for your machine?
  4. Look at the back side of your design - do you see lots of bobbin thread, or hardly any?
  5. Have you taken lessons for your machine or for embroidery?
  6. When your design is finished, can you where the machine skipped stitches?
Here a couple of things you can try (if you have already):

  • Make sure you use an embroidery needle, not a universal. In most cases, you should use a size 90. Change your needle after each project. A blunt need can cause your machine to skip embroidery stitches anywhere in the design.
  • Rewind or replace your bobbin. Make sure you use bobbin thread in your bobbin when you embroider - it is thinner and gives you better tension. If pre-wound embroidery bobbins are compatible with your machine, I recommend that you try one and compare the result with designs sewn using the bobbin thread you've been using.
  • Normally, you should loosen your tension a little bit when you embroider. When you look at the back side of your embroidery, you should see more bobbin thread than embroidery thread.
I owned an embroidery business for several years, and I have six different embroidery machines of my own - so with a little more info from you, I think I can help.

Feb 03, 2009 | PfaFF Creative 7570

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Pfaff creative half-speed and thread breaks

YIKES - what a nightmare! We can approach your problem two ways, but to determine whether the problem is your machine or your design, I need to know if you have been using one design, or if you've tried to embroidery several different designs and are getting threadbreaks about every 10,000 stitches, no matter what design, needle, thread, and bobbin you use.

Here are some rules you should following whenever you embroider on your machine:

  • Change your needle and insert a newly wound bobbin every time you start a new project
  • Use a size Embroidery Needle - size 90 for most projects
  • Check the backside of your design - you should see alot more bobbin thread than embroidery thread. If you don't see enough bobbin thread, loosen your top tension. If the tension is set automatically, change it manually.
  • Your design might be the problem. Some designs have WAY to many stitches. If you haven't already, choose several different designs with different styles - for example, a monogram, a design that is mostly satin stitches, a design that is mostly straight stitches, and so on. Sew one or all over and over so you determine whether your thread will continue to break about every 10,000 stitches.
I hope this helps. Machine embroidery is so much fun once you've learned and practiced. I hope to hear from you - machine embroidery is not hard to learn, but there is a lot to learn. Thanks.

If you want to get right to work, skip the troubleshooting and answer as many questions as you can or have time for. It is possible that your problem is the design and not the machine. Try one suggestion at time so you what helps and what doesn't. Questions first:

  1. Is the machine brand new, or new to you?
  2. Do you have your manual?
  3. Do you been embroidering by machine for a while, or are you just learning?
  4. Does this problem occur with every design you sew, or is it one particular design that you are having trouble with?
  5. How many total stitches are in the design you are trying ot sew?
  6. What kind of thread are you using (rayon, poly, sewing?)
  7. Did you buy the machine from a dealer, and if so, does it have a warranty?
  8. Have you taken lessons on how to use your machine for both sewing and embroidery?
  9. Are you familiar with embroidery backings, needles, and threads and how to choose which to use for a particular project?

Feb 01, 2009 | PfaFF Creative 7570

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#1 Viking Embroidery #13 Set.

Turn machine off, install embroidery unit, card and button pad. Turn on the machine, press the "on" button on the keypad to turn on the embroidery unit. Select the design that you want to stitch using the keypad, thread the colors in order from the list in the book, change colors when the machine stops and prompts for the next color.

Mar 27, 2008 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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Designer 1

after 8 years of sitting, the machine needs to go to the shop so that areas that are inaccessabe to the sewer can be cleaned and serviced by the tech. also check the upper threading of the machine. the tension is changed if threaded incorrectly. bunching under the material is caused by several different reasons. I would first have the machine cleaned and serviced by the tech, and let them know it has been 8 years since use. we all begin walking by taking one step at a time.

Apr 16, 2007 | Husqvarna Designer I

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