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What type thread do I use for a blindstitch machine?

Can you use the serger thread, regular polyester/cotton as used for garments. Is there a magic number thread?

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The short answer is: You can use any type of thread that is suitable for the garment. Regular sewing thread, serger thread, etc.

Longer answer: Some like to use monofilament thread because it is clear and goes with any color, but it is hard on the machine and can actually wear grooves in the thread guides.

I really like to use Gutermann Hemshire U151. It is a fine polyester thread that is very flexible and works great in a blindstitch. I order it from Atlanta Thread and Supply (www.atlantathread.com). Their prices are reasonable and they ship quickly.

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WHY does my SINGER 420 xl leave thread loops on the top of my design...I am so sick of this machine..Singer does NOT stand behind their products..I WILL NEVER BUY SINGER AGAIN!


You're probably correct. The new Singers are not what they used to be...Singer was bought out a few years ago and many buyers have registered their regrets and disappointment with the new products and service.

http://evadman.blogspot.com/2011/12/singer-xl-400-futura-sewing-embroidery.html

Most complaints about sewing machine problems concern thread loops under the fabric, which are usually caused by the upper thread. Your problem is not as common. Generally, when thread problems occur on the top of the fabric, it is a bobbin issue.

Try a brand new needle. Make sure the needle, thread, and fabric are compatible. Also, check that the needle is installed correctly.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjV3sKLxKvNAhUjE1IKHdbNDb4QFggkMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.schmetzneedles.com%2Flearning%2Fpdf%2Fschmetz-needle-chart.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHTR52AmqwzvyCjbXmD5Ch52Va5_Q

All About Needles

Remove the thread from the machine. Check that the machine is clean--no lint, dust bunnies, thread pieces in the bobbin area, stuck in the feed dogs, or under the needleplate.

ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading. Rethread the machine from the beginning. Check that the thread path is correct for the upper thread and that the bobbin case is loaded and threaded properly. Use the same thread for both upper and bobbin.

Most machine standard upper tension is set at the midway point. However, this is just a beginning point. The tension differs from one machine to another and may need adjusting depending on the fabric you are sewing.

Retest your machine.

If loops are still forming on the top of the fabric, then the bobbin tension may be too loose. Try tightening the bobbin tension (only 1/8th of a turn at a time!).

Understanding Thread Tension Threads

Sometimes it is a thread issue. Experiment with different brands of thread. Avoid old or bargain bin threads (the thread in bins at the fabric store are not the best, also Coats & Clark may not work well in your machine). Stick with better quality threads, ie Gutermann, Aurofil, Isocord, etc. Be sure to use the type of thread that is suitable for your project, ie do not use embroidery or cotton thread for sewing garment seams unless you want to be embarrassed when the seams start popping... Polyester used to be the bane of sewing projects but is now used for many items because the quality has improved and, in some cases, surpassed the former favorite cotton. Polyester is light weight but strong. Some machines just do better with one brand of thread over another.

You may also consider testing the machine with different types of fabric to see if it performs better with a particular fabric type or weight.

If it continues to be a problem, perhaps the bobbin case is damaged or malfunctioning. If you cannot find the answer to your problem, you may just need to take it for service.

http://jennys-sewing-studio.com/index.php/product-lines/singer-futura-quartet/75-singer-futura-quartet/155-faq-about-the-singer-futura-xl400.html



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Jun 15, 2016 | Singer Sewing Machines

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So,.what is another thread?


Gutterman, Isacode, Floriani, Superior...

There are a lot of threads. Just depends what purpose you are using it to do--some are embroidery others for for garment sewing, then there is cotton, polyester, rayon, silk...etc.

Jan 22, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Machine wont sew cotton keeps coming out of needle tried everything


Do you mean cotton thread won't work in the machine ? Does polyester thread work ?

Some thread brands are not as good quality as some others. Not knowing what brand thread you have, it is possible the thread itself is causing the problem. .

If other types of thread work in this machine, it is most likely either the particular spool of thread or the brand being low quality that is the problem. I would try a brand new spool of a high quality cotton thread to see if that helps.

Oct 02, 2014 | Brother Sewing Machines

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How do I get the stitch length to be consistent? It changes with speed


consistent stitch length depends primarily on tension settings. there are 2 different tension settings on all machines. 1. upper thread tension. 2. bobbin thread tension. since these work together to create the correct stitch length+width, having either of these adjusted inappropriately can significantly impair stitch quality. "knowing' your machine has a lot to do with knowing how tight or loose the tension should be for BOTH settings. the settings will be different for each type of stitch, for each type of needle used, and for each type of thread used, meaning tensions will need to be re-adjusted after each change. in other words, the setting for a medium-width zig-zag with a size 10 needle using mercerized cotton thread to sew light-weight canvas will be completely different than the settings for a regular straight stitch using a size 8 ball tip needle using polyester thread to sew silky lingerie material.

Jun 14, 2014 | Brother PC-420

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Is there a Janome service and repair place in Hua Hin or Cha-am?


sometimes the problem is caused by the top and bottom thread are not the same. for example: the top and bottom thread should both be cotton or polyester, not cotton and polyester mixed together. I hope this works for you.

Nov 27, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Can you do a coverstitch on the Brother 634D serger


I don't think so, the D in your model name would denote that it has Differential feeding but is probably a 3/4 Marrowing stitch only. So this means it would do 3 thread overlock, 4 thread overlock and you can probably set it up for rolled hemming too.

Coverstitch is fairly new to home sergers and is available on some machines along with the 3 and 4 thread stitches, but changing between the regular overlock and a coverstitch takes a few minutes. The model number will usually have a "C" in the name. Also, during coverstitch the blades are disenaged and don't trim your fabric so you still need often to go back with blunt scissors and trim the raw edge.

And sewing coverstitch can be finicky, with skipped stitches a problem. Use high quality thread and XL (extra long) or SUX (stretch extra long) needles to avoid this.

However some manufacturers are now making dedicated coverstitch machines; if you are assembling a garment with your regular serger, you can then just move over to the coverstitch machine to sew the hems and necklines and not spend 20 mins changing over your machine's functions. Much more productive.

You may wish to check out the Brother 2340CV, this is their dedicated domestic coverstitch machine. Link to product info is http://www.brother-usa.com/homesewing/ModelDetail.aspx?ProductID=2340CV

In the meantime, best solution is a twin needle to stitch the hem from the right side of the garment on your regular sewing machine, looks much the same, and you can get twin needles with a 4mm or 2.2 mm gap and in stretch and sharp tips for less than $10 each. Just iron up the hem about 1.5cm deep, and thread up your sewing machine with the twin needle and two spools of same colour on top (I just wind an extra bobbin and use this plus the original thread spool rather than buy two spools).

Just sew really slow as the twin needle builds up a lot of heat and will break if you push it along. I use this finish on all my knit garments and it works just fine. Sometimes I'll iron in a 2cm strip of fusible web inside the hem to give it some firmness in a neckline, then twin needle stitch at about 1.7 from the folded edge.

Hope this answers your question.

Oct 23, 2011 | Janome MyLock 634D Mechanical Sewing...

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Says check upper thread, but thread not broken. then stitches about 20 stitches and stops again


if it's losing power, you have a short in the machine.....if the stitches are jamming, you need to switch thread type. Many standard machines cannot function with the lightweight polyester threads ( especially the large spools made for sergers) so I recommend using coats and clark dual duty. ....make sure you have the same size thread on the top as you do on your bobbin....hope this helps

Feb 20, 2011 | Baby Lock Ellure

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Thread keeps breaking


Check first that you are using premium thread (not the cheaper type that you'd use in an overlocker/serger). Breaking thread could be because of one of the following reasons -
the upper tension is too tight, the machine isn't threaded correctly, the thread doesn't suit the fabric (I had the problem when sewing an item the other day and changed from cotton thread to polyester and it stopped breaking). In your instruction manual check at the back for a troubleshooting section where it should be listed with some solutions.

Jul 08, 2009 | Husqvarna Husky 165

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Lost manual


  • I'd satisfied to sew cotton/polyester than silk fabric, match more commonly use needle for cotton is no. 14 and stich no.3

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