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Is it fraying at the needle? AVOID using old or bargain bin thread. Could be the needle eye. It may have a burr/nick or the thread is too heavy for the needle eye. If you are sewing coarse fabric, try a needle with a larger scarf that will help protect the thread from shredding.

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Be sure that you are using only fresh, good quality thread. Old or bargain bin thread will fray easily. Does the thread have little hairs (fibers) sticking out? If so, get rid of it. Try a different type of thread, ie polyester thread. (FWIW, Coats & Clark used by a stand-by, but it is a lesser-quality thread these days.) Be sure to use the same thread in the bobbin--polyester thread will tend to cut cotton. Try flipping the thread spool over so it feeds off in the opposite direction. Make sure the machine's bobbin area is clean of any lint or debris. The tension may be too tight. The thread may be mis-threaded or the thread is restricted somewhere, ie wrapped around a thread guide or the spool pin. Be sure the thread is running through the thread guide immediately above the needle. Remove the thread and rethread from the beginning. You might try a different type of needle, ie top-stitch needle. Top-stitch needles have a larger scarf that will protect the thread as it pierces the fabric multiple times before forming a stitch. A Top-stitch or Metafil needle has a larger eye to accommodate bigger thread. Are you sewing unusually coarse fabric? It is abrasive and could be causing the excessive fraying.

If the fraying continues, there may still be a burr somewhere.

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If the top thread sews a few inches and then breaks, something is catching the top thread and holding it until it breaks. Usually, this will happen when using the old style thread cones with the slit in the edge to keep the thread from raveling off the spool. To prevent the thread from hanging up, turn the thread spool over so the slit is at the top instead of the bottom. Sometimes top thread breaks will happen if the thread becomes looped around the thread spool pin.

Remove the thread, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and then rethread the upper thread. Verify that the thread path is correct and that the thread has not looped around a guide.

If the thread is fraying at the needle eye, the needle/thread are not compatible. Also, the tension may be too high.

Check that the upper tension disk is clean--no gunk buildup or thread pieces stuck.

If the thread is actually breaking when it penetrates the needle plate hole, there may be a burr or nick somewhere below that is catching the upper thread. You can wrap your finger with a piece of fine fabric, like an old pair of hosier, fine knit fabric, etc. and running your finger around in the bobbin area, under the needle plate. If you get snags, then you have a burr or nick. If it is small, you can sometimes smooth it with a fine emery board. If it is a large burr, you may need to purchase a replacement part.


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First, install a brand new needle. Confirm that you are using the correct needle for the thread and fabric being stitched, ie the needle eye could be too small for the thread, the fabric is coarse or sticky causing the thread to wear/fray causing breakage, the needle is blunt or bent, a ball point needle is being used on woven fabric or vice versa...
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Second, remove the thread from the machine. Always RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning--make sure the correct thread pathway is followed (consult the manual).

Verify that the tension is not set too tight. The tension is correct when both upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric without any puckering of the fabric.

Use good quality thread--avoid old or bargain bin variety. And, use the same thread for the upper and bobbin. Some thread brands may work better than others in your machine. You may need to experiment to find ones that work best.

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There is also the possibility that there is a nick or burr somewhere that is catching the thread. You can wrap your index finger with old hosiery (or similar fine fabric) and rub around the thread path, in the bobbin/hook area, needle plate, etc. A small burr can be smoothed with a fine emery board. A big burr may require replacement of the part or service by a technician.


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Your tension sounds too tight, try lowering it on the upper thread. Or you may be using a cheap thread which frays easily and frays in the needle. Try using a longer zigzag to see if that works. Is straight stitch smooth?

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Change your needle, and try a different type of thread. You may also need to use a larger needle size to allow for the type of thread you're using.

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If the top thread is being struck by the hook it will frey. Take the needle plate off thread the top of the machine, turn it as it would if you were to sew, there is a hook on the bobbin shuttle that will come around to pick up the top thread. that hook should pass a 1/16 or so above the eye of the needle. If that hook pass to soon, or to late it will strike the thread and split it. The needle needs to go all the way down and just begin it travel back up, this allows the thread to make a hoop for the hook to go through. You can adjust the timing by loosning the hold screws slitly and turning the shuttle to the correct spot, go in small movements.

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Hi, when your thread breaks or frays right before in goes through the eye of the needle:
  1. Change your needle - after awhile, the eye can wear down and cause your thread to break or fray, eventhough it looks like the thread isn't even going through the needle. When you change your needle, make sure to install a needle that is compatible with the thread you are using (see below).
  2. If your thread still frays or breaks, make sure you've threaded your machine correctly. Most machines have a hook or bar right above the needle that your thread need to pass thru before you put the thread thru the eye of your needle. Sometimes that spot above the needle is really hard to get to, and sometimes the thread slips out. Always a good idea to double check. If you are still having problems, the needle you are using is probably the wrong size.
There are lots of needles on the market, and lots of threads. You need to make sure your needle is compatible with the thread you use for each project.

The most common needles are size 80 and 90 universal needles, which are fine for most sewing projects. But if you are using a specialty thread, you need to use a needle that is designed to work with that particular thread. For example, top stitching needles have a larger eye than a universal needle, because top stitching thread is thicker than sewing thread. The same is true for metallic thread - needles made for metallic thread an eye designed to allow the thread to pass thru without fraying. Further, if you using fine thread, you need a small needle.

FYI - unfortunately, thread sizes do not correspond directly with needle sizes. Small needle numbers indicate a needle with a small eye. But the smaller the thread size, the larger the thread. For example, size 50 thread is very fine and would usually be used with a size 70 needle. Size 30 thread is fairly thick and would probably be used with a size 90 top stitch needle.

Hope this helps, and remember, you should always change your needle after about 10 hours of sewing, no matter what size needle you are using. If you have more questions, please post again. Thanks, Ginny

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