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Needle Thread breaking after about 30 seconds of quilting

I am currently using a Juki TL98Q machine on a Gracie quilt frame with a Gracie Sure Stitch regulator. I can quilt for approx 30 seconds and then the needle thread breaks. I've adjusted the tenion in the bobbin, changed needles, adjusted the stitch length on the Juki, as well as the stitch regulator. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    satin stitch on ambitions essentials--thread keeps breaking during stitching and thread not moving freely

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    needle breaks when i do the lock stitch. breaking a lot of needles

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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.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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Are you threading it correctly? I've had this problem twice, the first few times the thread was wrapped around different items (below the spool holder and then around the needle) the other times I threaded it wrong. Double check that the machine is threaded correctly with the manual. I've missed a step here or there and it does make a difference.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

  • stevovegas Oct 18, 2010

    Try a spool of different thread. You may just have a spool of bad thread.

  • SandraDea Oct 29, 2010

    I use to have that problem also. Seems my machine only likes Maxi Lock cone thread. I have to make sure that the thread on the bobbin and the top thread are the same. For some reason it doesn't like all cotton, even the machine quilting thread seems to break or shred whne I use it, no matter what the tension was adjusted too. Then again I may have just got hold of old thread at my little store here. But so far Maxi Lock has been the best thread for this particular machine. Finicky I guess!

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Are you sure the needle is in the right way? For an industrial machine, the groove in the needle should be facing left.

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