Question about Sewing Machines
The top thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted the tension, but it makes no difference.
The needle thread breaks
1. the needle thread is not threaded properly
2. The needle thread tension is to tight
3. The needle is bent or blunt
4. The needle is incorrectly inserted
5. The needle thread & the bobbin thread are not set under the presser foot when starting to sew
6. the threads were not drawn to the rear after sewing
7. The thread is either to heavy or to fine for the needle
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Thread breaking
Well, I have owned the Janome 1600DP with the Gracie Frame for 3 years now and have only successfully quilting 3 quilts. Its very intimidating how easily the thread breaks!!!! Add hot flashes with the frustration and I've almost given up. Today, I think I have found something. I cleaned the bobbin case, cleaned between the discs, put in a new needle (using the one recommended) but I put the spool of thread in a coffee cup located at the non-sewing end of the machine, sitting it on the Gracie Frame. Then the thread is through the metal eye ring that came with the frame. All the rest of the threading is per the Janome instructions. So far, so good. There you have it but if I had to purchase a sewing machine again for quilting quilts, it would NOT be a Janome!!!
Posted on Oct 04, 2008
Hi, when your thread breaks or frays right before in goes through the eye of the needle:
The most common needles are size 80 and 90 universal needles, which are fine for most sewing projects. But if you are using a specialty thread, you need to use a needle that is designed to work with that particular thread. For example, top stitching needles have a larger eye than a universal needle, because top stitching thread is thicker than sewing thread. The same is true for metallic thread - needles made for metallic thread an eye designed to allow the thread to pass thru without fraying. Further, if you using fine thread, you need a small needle.
FYI - unfortunately, thread sizes do not correspond directly with needle sizes. Small needle numbers indicate a needle with a small eye. But the smaller the thread size, the larger the thread. For example, size 50 thread is very fine and would usually be used with a size 70 needle. Size 30 thread is fairly thick and would probably be used with a size 90 top stitch needle.
Hope this helps, and remember, you should always change your needle after about 10 hours of sewing, no matter what size needle you are using. If you have more questions, please post again. Thanks, Ginny
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
Thread breakage is usually due to the needle in backwards, upper tension too tight or old/weak thread.
When replacing the needle, make sure that the flat side is to the right (3 o'clock position) and is pushed all of the way up before tightening.
What brand and weight of thread are you using and are you sewing with the foot or free motion sewing?
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
Many things can inter fear with the thread and cause it to break. A common problem is the thread getting wrapped around the top tension rollers on that machine. You can take off the "face cover" (side cover on the left) and look from the side and see if the 2 little rollers have thread wrapped around or underneath them. Start there.
Posted on Jul 25, 2009
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