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I have a Husqvarna Opal 650 machine that was just purchase in July. I am hired to sew headbands, and we use Coats Transparent polyester thread. It's worked perfectly, until last Saturday it suddenly decided to break the top thread every time I backstitch (which occurs 4-6 times in the making of one headband.) It sews fine down the end, and as soon as I hit backstitch, it takes one stitch and snaps. If I come down, stop, go backwards, stop, and go forward again, it works. But I can't do it continuously. I cleaned the bobbin case, took the spool and bobbin out and re-threaded the top and bottom threads with the manual and changed the needle twice. (Actually, I had just changed the needle, and then it started happening) I made sure the needle was properly inserted, and the tension is the same as it's always been. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Change the needle again, the needle could have a burr
check for burrs in the needle plate area and in the bobbin area
is the needle the right one for the fabric being sewed? was the needle inserted correctly into the needle holder?
is the tension correct for the fabric being sewed?

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Testimonial: "I don't know how to tell if the needle is correct for the fabric or how to tell if there are burrs. The needle was correctly inserted, that much I do know. :) I actually took it in to be repaired, and now that it came back it skips stitches like crazy, so now I have another problem to fix. :P"

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