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Embroidery thread breaks after about three stitches

When trying to embroider, the thread wants to break after about the first few stitches. I have cleaned AGAIN the bobbin area for any little lint and there is none. I have tried to blow anything in the threading area, but it all seems to be to no avail. Can anyone help me with this? I am using the Sulky thread. I have done this numerous times before but the last few times the thread just wants to keep breaking no matter how many times I try. Thank you for your help.

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  • sewnice838 Feb 19, 2009

    I have done all of the things that each of you have suggested and still to no avail. I finally took it in to have it checked. Was charged a big amount and was able to use it for not even an hour and the same thing started happening again when I tried to use it again yesterday. So once again I have done all the things that I had done before and it will go back to the dealer in the morning to see if they can find the solution. Thank you all for trying to help me. Wish I could say "Yeah, everything is great." But right now we still need to work on it.

  • Cherri1513 Feb 26, 2009

    I have the same problem! Only mine is w/ the Singer Quantum XL-1000. I have taken it back to the shop twice w/ this problem. They "clean" it out & readjust the tension, "fixed" the cutter (which wasn't broken). Now the threader doesn't work & looks like I'll have to travel the 300 miles (150 miles each way) BACK to the Singer shop. I actually got it to work for almost 20 minutes after I got it home. I was trying to sew a straight line & the thread keeps breaking or gumming up under the bobbin. Does anyone else have this problem? Does anyone know how to fix it?

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Hey Sewnice838, when my Quantum 1000 was giving me this problem the gal at the Singer store told me I had to use embroidery bobbin thread as well as embroidery top thread and I had to use a special kind of stabilizer. I also slide the speed regulator to a slower setting so that my machine doesn't get quite so ramped up. Sorry it's such a hassle, but that is what fixed the problem for me. Changing the needle is a good idea too.

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I had the same problem....I tried cleaning it just like you did. Eventually, I changed the needle and it took care of the problem :)
Hope that helps!

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Well, before I did all that (which may be necessary), I would take a piece of UNWAXED dental floss or hand embroidery floss and floss between the tension disks. You mentioned that you were suddenly breaking threads; there may be lint or loose threads or both seated between the disks, preventing the thread from seating properly. Then,
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  1. What do I need to get started at free machine embroidery?
    • A zigzag sewing machine with a drop-feed control. (In other words, you have to be able to lower the feed dogs so they don't try to feed the fabric.) It's nice if you can vary the width of your zigzag stitches too.
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  2. Do you have your manual?
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  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?


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