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No matter how small or large my needle is, it breaks frequently. It is as if it does not always move straight up and down because it slams into the "plate" which is now all rough. I purchased my machine used, and it seemed to have had the problem before I got it. I have had it cleaned (was full of lint) and oiled, but the problem persists. It also breaks the thread frequently! I would love it if it would just stop doing these 2 things.

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Seems as though the needle bar may be bent check this by turning the machine by hand, without a needle, if there are tight spots, then the bar may be bent. Try a thinner needle and go threough the sew cycle by hand, this can tell you a lot.
The thread is snapping because of all the needle breakages making the hole in the needle plate full of sharp edges, get rid of these by removing the needle plate and using strips of fine wet'n'dry paper to smooth them down. aceck the bobbin case for sharp notches too.
Get the timing fixed and your machine should be working ok

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Install a brand new needle.
Remove the top thread from the machine.
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When using the zig zag stitch, why does the top thread keep breaking?

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First, make sure to install a brand new needle and verify that it is installed facing the correct direction. Confirm that the needle you are using is compatible with the thread and fabric of your project. Spend a couple extra dollars for good quality needles. You don't have to buy Schmetz, as there many other good needles on the market. Avoid the generic or cheaper brands.
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Another tip would be to not pull on the fabric. The machine is capable of "feeding" the fabric at the rate it requires. When sewing with many yards of fabric the weight of the fabric may create a pull on the needle. If the needle is pulled so that it no longer goes through the need plate properly it will hit the metal of the needle plate and break. Instead rest your hands on either side of the fabric and gently steer the fabric. Do not pull it out of the back of the machine or shove it into the needle. With large yardages wad up the fabric around the machine so that the weight of the fabric isn't causing strain around the needle.
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Thread sits on spindle on backside. Pull thread straight across to upper left backside and fit in the metal guide. It should pull easily with only a little resistance. Pull thread forward across top toward you. Let thread fall between the metal disks (doesn't matter which one if more than one) and pull thread straight down. Pull thread slightly to the left to fit under a hook of some type and back up to fit through the large hook that moves up and down when the handwheel is turned. Come straight back down to needle and thread through eye of the needle. Just above the needle should be a thread guide (sideways hooking looking metal piece), slip the thread through it to hold thread close to needle. Hope this helps. Otherwise a local authorized Husqvarna Viking dealer will be glad to help you. Good luck.

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