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Needle thread breaks while quilting on machine frame

My Juki TL-98Q has been working just fine, except on my latest machine quilting project. I have the 98Q paired with a SuperQuilter frame and am using the Quilters Cruise Control. I have followed Juki instructions for quilting; i.e., drop feed dogs, set stitch length to "0", green pressure bar set at top. Am using Coats and Clark Star machine quilting thread in the needle and RSC rayon embroidery thread in the bobbin. The stitches are even but after several inches of stitching, the thread breaks. I have changed to needle, which is a Schmetz 130/705 H-Q No. 90 Can't think of anything else to try. Bobbin thread moves easily from bobbin, as does the needle thread.
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Ann Lillich, Cimarron CO

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  • abbsmcnabbs Nov 11, 2008

    I have the QE with a New Joy frame - the first quilt I had on there worked fine, the second one kept jamming on the bobbin, and now this third one the needle thread is fraying. I have tried adjusting the tension, changed needles, changed thread - all to no avail. My dad says he thinks there's something wrong with the way the fabric pulls through when it's on the frame, but I think it's got to be something else. Next I am going to try Sewer's Aid thread lubricant...

  • judymorrill Nov 22, 2008

    My juke TL98QE worked wonderfully for a while, now the needles keep breaking and my thread breaks all the time. I am now using #30 cotton thread; I tried the #16 needles as the manual said, but it skips and breaks constantly. I put the #14 needle in; it skips hugh stitches, etc. I am beginning to be very disappointed in what I thought was a great machine.

  • RNFrosty Jan 26, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have a Juki TL98QE, and it is driving me CRAZY. I'm using a grace frame and grace sure stitch. The machine sews like a dream when not on the frame and quilting. HELP.

  • trudy151 Apr 16, 2009

    janome 1600P DB sewing machine, I can't keep it threaded while quilting

  • Joyce Jul 20, 2012

    I had same problem on two different machines both on the Inspira frame, did all of what you did. Are you still having problems.

  • Jane Low
    Jane Low Aug 28, 2012

    I had the same problem - changed needle, bobin, thread, oiled machine finally took it to the shop and it was the top tension that I could not get fixed on my own



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I posted question about top thread breaking when quilting (using walking foot). Finally solved my problem, my solution may help others. Decrease the presser foot tension to nearly 0. Had tried different threads, tension settings, needles. Nothing worked until I adjusted the presser foot tension. Quilting went like a dream, even through seams ect, also worked for attaching binding.

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I think you might have better luck if you use 40 or 50 weight thread.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008

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My friend and I both have the Juki 98Q but on different frames - we were both having problems (needles breaking, thread getting tangled) we removed the thin metal thing inside the bobbin case and have had no problems since (over a year now!).

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

  • debalbert397 Jul 16, 2011

    Tried everything read entire book followed all directions several times and tried helpful suggestions here. thread still breaks after a few stitches... I want to throw this juki TL-98Q out the window sigh... This is the worst machine I have ever owned... grrrrrrrrrr

  • Joyce Jul 20, 2012

    I went through this and gave up on two machines. Did you get it to work?


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Firsrt, try going slower, especially on curves. The Juki is so danged fast, it's easy to run faster than the thread can handle. As far as tension, the best approach is to experiment with a scrap quilt "sandwich" until you find the best tension settings. Also, could your problem be with the thread you're using? Different threads call for tension adjustments. Try using a bigger needle-smaller needles can "cut" the thread, as can defective needles, especialy on curves with free motion. Tension issues are, without a doubt, the biggest problem I've had, but patience and experimentation will usually solve whatever is going on.

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Needle Thread breaking after about 30 seconds of quilting

Make sure the feed dogs are dropped (or feed dog cover is on - I can't remember which way this machine works). The stitch length on the machine has no function so ignore it. (I set it to zero so the machine doesn't have to work as hard). Hopefully this is all that's wrong. If not, use a shorter setting for the stitch length on the regulator, oil the hook and move slowly and smoothly.
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