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The thread breaks going thru the dial tension assembly

I thread the machine and it sews just fine, yet the thread breask everytime I try to pull the sewiung item out from the sewing area

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Kathy. Get in the habit of stopping the machine with the take up lever in the UP position. Then lift the presser foot, and pull your item away. If you still have issues..... try "flossing" with unwaxed floss the tension discs. And check to
make sure you are in between the discs rather than to one side of them or the other.

Good luck

Posted on Nov 04, 2012


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SOURCE: Tension disc assembly - sewing machine

Sorry but there is no way to explain how to re-assemble the tension mech on here, you need to be actually shown or have someone do it for you. It is very fiddly and needs to be exact, can I suggest you get in touch with a sewing machine tech who(at cost) will sort you out.
Sorry I cannot be of any further help.

Posted on Mar 29, 2008

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SOURCE: Bobbin thread breaks

Make sure your bobbin thread is turning clockwise as it sits in the bobbin case. There is a screw on the outside of the bobbin case you can turn with your thumb slightly to adjust tension. If you dangle the case from the thread and give it a light ****, it should move down slightly when doing so-an indicator of good bobbin tension.

Posted on May 20, 2008

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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

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SOURCE: Upper Thread Breaks!!!

Hi, here are some reasons why the thread is breaking :-)

  • Threading is not correct.
  • Thread has a knot in it.
  • Thread tension is too tight.
  • Needle is bent or blunt or has a sharp eye.
  • Needle is wrong size.
  • Needle has been inserted wrong.
  • Needle and thread does not match.
  • Starting to stitch too fast.
  • Thread take-up lever has not been threaded.

  • Hope this helps.

    Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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    SOURCE: Thread in needle or bobbin keeps on breaking

    The tread only breaks in the needle. what can i do . i don't get to sew anything . I tread the needle and get everything ready and start the machine and as quickly as that the tread is broken and the machine has not sewn at all.

    Posted on Apr 07, 2009

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    try rethreading the machine
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    Hi, I would sew , up to 3 inches of sewing on the cloth the needle would stop and when I look underneath the fabric where I just sewed. The tread is all bunched up and tangled. The top threads looks fine...

    re-thread the entire machine. Pay special attention to the take-up lever and the tension assembly.

    Always have the presser foot in the UP position when threading the machine. This opens the tension disc to allow the thread to nestle inside the assembly.

    Make sure the thread passes through the take up lever

    Make sure you inserted the thread in every thread guide

    I always recommend a sharp needle. You may not notice any slight bends, burrs or dullness in the needle which would throw off the timing and the stitch quality.

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    TOP TENSION DIAL - The setting should be between 3 and 5 on most machines.

    The best way to know if you threaded the tension assembly correctly is to put the presser foot in the DOWN position. Now take the thread from the right of the tension assembly and pull. Is there tension on the thread or does it pull out very easily? If it pulls out easily you threaded it incorrectly. Try it again

    also check under the needle plate for lint

    and in the bobbin case area for lint or loose threads

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    Okie Dokie..... Here's the way I see it.. The repair center was of little or no help to you . So, I will try to do my best..
    First thing you need to do is unthread your machine and set the tension to 4.. Rethread the machine up to just before the needle.
    When you get that far, put the presser foot down. If your thread pulls right thru easily, it is not threaded thru the tension wheel right. It your thread is hard to pull thru with the presser foot down, then it is threaded right.

    General rule of thumb..
    Loops on the bottom-- problem on the top
    loops on the top--- problem on the bottom.
    Hope this helps..

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    If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
    If it sewed properly...what changed?

    Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing not pull the thread backwards!)

    Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).

    Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
    Replace the it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
    ..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
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    Make sure all of your threads are in between the tension dials. Sounds that the machine isn't catching because of the tension. Good Luck

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