I am having great trouble with the thread keep shreading while I am quilting in set four. I have the open toe foot on and trying to stripple. The first fabric - matalic, second wadding and the third backing fabric, therefore three layers. Also the tension looks "out of wack". I have followed the book instruction on page 46 "accessory user's guide" - it still keeps shreading the thread. I have used various threads and needles and can't solve this shreading and tension problem.
Rang Port Macquarie (nearest shop) and they said I should be using the darning spring loaded foot?. I live in Taree, NSW and is there is a Husqvarna shop near by and where can I get some training for my machine.
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Re: designer 2 -
Check if the needle touches the feed dogs, or presser foot. it should have enough clearance.
check also if you had correctly place the bobbin to the bobbin case, (a reverse bobbin causes thread breaking/shreading)
with the thread out of the needle and with the presser foot lifter
down, try to pull manually the thread, try figuring it out if the
thread is too loose or TIGHT.
if its too tight then you might not have correctly placed the thread to the thread guides. try to check it again. adjust the thread tension control if its too tight, (see also if if the tension control is not stuck!) make sure its not too tight, nor too loose. its good to figure out the cause of the problem yourself, with minimum help! everything you do, it will be your sole experience!
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I have used the embroidery foot, which has a round hoop about 1/4" in diameter on the "business end." You can also use an open-toed foot. You want to set your tension so that the bobbin thread doesn't show on the front. You can free-motion quilt with the feed dogs either up or down; some people feel that leaving them up gives a more regular stitch length. You should try both ways to see which you like better.
Also, there is a really neat website with tons of free-motion quilting designs, each with a little video of how to do it; I recommend checking it out:
Check this in your manual. I think when you do free motion you have the feed dogs (toothed things the rise up and pull the fabric under the presser foot) locked down but you still have to have the presser foot lowered. When the presser foot is locked in the up position, the tension on the bobbin thread is released.
I presume you have set the machine for free motion quilting in the Menu? There are so many things that could be causing this, and so many variables for tweaking it to optimum performance. What foot are you using? What thread? What needle? What menu setting? Have you tried loosening the top thread tension? Bobbin tension? I will keep a lookout for further posts from you with a bit more info that we can start working on. I have a Designer1, not the SE, but have used an Se so will try my best to help.
Make sure you are not using quilting thread for hand stitching.
Thread the machine with the presser foot up.
If the machine is stitching seams without a problem and the breakage happens with thicker fabrics, it could be the presser foot is not down below where it is closing the tension to the setting of choice.
When the presser foot is up, the tension control opens. When the presser foot is down, the tension control closes to the setting you have chosen.
If this continues, call the dealer/tech and tell them the problem you are having.
Lower feed dogs. Turn on Needle Down. Presser foot pressure on Darning setting. Don't forget to lower the presser foot lever. That's about it! Since you are going to be the feed dogs, it doesn't really matter if you have a stitch length set or not, but do have width set for "0". The spring loaded darning/embroidery/quilting foot is the best for stippling, but try it with any open toe foot you may have. Do a few samples first using the threads you intend using on your project because the tensions might need tweaking. Try to get the result you like by adjusting only the top thread tension. If you really have to adjust the bobbin too, put a small mark on the bobbin case where the "normal" position of the screw is so you can return to that when you are done quilting.
Janome now has a darning foot ie it looks like an embroidery foot with a spring designed for the 1600 models. It is metal with a ring where the needle goes down through it. I removed the plastic lens inside the ring and this seems to have resolved the problem.
I usually pull my threads to the top so I can see where they are and not getting tangled underneath.
There are several good groups on Yahoo groups which offer support for starting out on quilting