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Babylock EMP6 problem with thread cutting

When the design stops & the machine cuts the thread - it is too short to start next area. machine then stops & you have to rethread and pull a fairly long tail to get it to go again.

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The thread cutting mechanism is dull and needs to be replaced or sharpened. I had the same problem on my machine. I found another post where another user said it has to be replaced every 150 hours of machine use, the cost was 62 dollars. My dealer would not sell me the parts he said I had to bring it in, so I decided to sharpen it myself. See picture for more details. To start take the two screws of the top of the chrome plate to reveal cutter that is above bobbin. The cutter is in two parts both chrome plated. The hook part is held in place by a copper plated screw, the blade (shown in picture hanging off to the side) is held in place by one small screw. I sharpened the blade on a fine grit Japanese water stone (brown block shown in picture) to a razor edge and about a 7 degree angle; the tip of the blade must ride on the hook. This still did not make the cutter work perfectly so I had to take the hook out and reform the small hole in the hook that the blade rides over with a the un-fluted end of a 5/64 high speed steel drill bit. Was not hard to do because the hook is not hardened steel, at least on mine. When putting the blade back on make sure it is resting against the rolled black pressed pin before tightening down.

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Posted on Apr 16, 2009

  • Erin Mathias
    Erin Mathias Nov 08, 2013

    Thanks so much! I don't have a week or two to spare my machine in the shop!!

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