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Upper needle thread breaks while embroidering, how can I stop it from doing so?

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Mine started doing that. I changed the needle, and it was fine. I figured the needle got dull, wasn't piercing the fabric efficiently putting stress on the thread causing it to break. That's just a guess, though.

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Check to see if the needle is slightly rotated somehow when it was inserted intot he holder, if that appears ok I suggest just changing the needle completely,

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My top tread going in the small hole to bobbin keep on embroider normal for short periods and the break.

First, install a brand new needle. Verify that it is the correct needle and needle eye size for the thread and fabric you are sewing. (Change needles frequently. Needles are the most inexpensive sewing accessory and most the most common repair for a malfunctioning sewing machine.)

What you are experiencing sounds like the thread is shredding at the needle eye and eventually breaking. Sometimes, a top stitch needle will work better because the groove in the back of the needle shields the thread better as the needle pierces the fabric multiple times. A piece of thread can pierce the fabric over a dozen times before it forms a stitch, so friction and rough fabric will take its toll.

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Use only good quality threads--AVOID old thread and bargain bin threads. They are cheap and there is a reason why they are--because what they make up for in price is paid in frustration!!!! Polyester thread used to be the bane of sewing machines, but polyester thread has greatly improved and is now a favorite for experienced sewists. It is thin and strong. Threads that are fuzzy (cotton-wrapped polyester of old Coats & Clark variety) threads are not the best for your machine or project. Check out better quality threads, ie Gutermann, Superior, Sulky, Aurfil, Isacord, and multiple other brands. Make sure you are buying the correct type of thread for your project--don't use embroidery thread to sew your garment unless you want the seams to pop open while you're wearing it.

Remove the thread from your machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and then rethread from the beginning. The raised presser foot releases the tension disk so the thread will seat properly.

Check that the upper tension is set somewhere around the midway point. This is a factory standard although most machines may require some adjustments. Test the stitch on your fabric. The tension is ideal when both upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric. If the bobbin thread shows on top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight. If the upper thread shows on the underside of the fabric, the upper tension is too loose.

If the thread is still shredding, then there's a likelihood there is a burr or nick somewhere on the needleplate or in the bobbin/hook area. If you wrap your index finger with fine fabric (like old hosiery) and rub you finger around, you may find the burr. If it is small, you can lightly smooth it with a fine emery board. If it is a large one, you may need to replace the part.


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I purchased a singer quantum xl-5000 for small embroidery projects about two weeks ago and trying it out. When I am embroidering the top thread looks good but my bottom has a little loop while the bobbin...

Loosen your tension on your tension adjustment. It will show you where in the manual. Just feel it out a little at a time until it feels better and the problem goes away. Stop before the needle breaks and all but some machine you have to work the kinks out.

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My brother pe770 jamming up and i get this error msg that says check and rethread upper thread

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When I start to try to embroider the red light just blinks and I can not send tothe machine

you might try youtube for video's on embroidery
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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Be sure when you are threading the top thread that you ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot. This releases the tension disk and allows the thread to seat properly.

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I had the same problem with the blue thread- it would sew and inch then pop- mine worked wihtout breaking after I re threaded in this order: green, blue, red then yellow

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I too, have the same problem withmy Designer 1. I just bought ISACORD brand polyester embroidery thread to hopefully solve this problem, but I believe it must be a tension problem. I have a "date" with the repair lady on Friday (11/22/08) and if it gets repaired I will re-post what the problem was. Still love the machine WHEN IT SEWS!!

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