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Breaking thread usually results from mis-threading or tension too tight. Install a brand new needle. Try a different brand of thread (AVOID old or bargain bin threads!). Set the tension at the midway point between high & low number.

Does it sew fine for a couple of inches and then pop? Watch the thread, does it get tight between the spool and needle before it breaks? If so, the thread is hanging up somewhere--is there a nick or slot on the thread spool itself that is catching the thread?

Remove the thread completely and re-thread from the beginning. When threading, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot so the thread will seat in the tension disk. Verify that the thread path is correct and that nothing has been threaded out or order or missed. Check that the thread is not snagging on a burr or nick.

Confirm that the correct needle is being used for the thread and fabric, ie the thread is too thick for the needle's eye. Usually, the symptom is shredded or frayed thread at the needle eye.
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There could also be a burr snagging the thread at the needle plate or around the bobbin area. Wrap a finger with fine fabric (old hosier, chiffon, silk) and run your finger around the needle plate and bobbin area. If it snags, you know where to look. If it's a small burr, it can be smoothed (gently!) with a fine emery board or sand paper. If it is a large burr, it should be taken to a technician or a replacement part installed.

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Check your threading path with your manual. If, you look up your manual online at brother.com it can be made larger and you may spot your mistake easier.

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SOURCE: janome s950 sewing machine top thread keeps breaking?

Well, Madalyn, when was the last time you oiled the machine. Go to http://fixsewingmachine.com for tips on that and on tension, timing, cleaning the shuttle race, etc. , but now, let's talk about this particular problem you are having: it sounds to me like you could use a new needle of the correct size for the type of fabric/weight of fabric you are sewing. Also, sometimes sewists think they have that needle all the way up in the needle bar shaft, but...oops! no, it's not, and sometimes they also forget that the flat side goes toward the back of the needle bar. Also, sometimes sewists (not necessarily YOU, Madalyn, but SOME sewists, forget to turn the handwheel toward themselves and keep that presser foot in the UP position when they thread the machine. What happens? Yep! The tension discs do not open all the way up for thread to locate the tension discs and creates a problem. Make sure you clean the shuttle, the feed dogs. No big deal. Relax, get the little brush. Much success!
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Install a brand new needle (make sure it is compatible with the thread and fabric). Remove the top thread from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Verify the thread path is correct. Set the top tension to the midway point and retest your machine. Tweak the top tension until the top and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

AVOID old or bargain bin thread.

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My Pfaff hobby 1200 keeps breaking the thread while free motion quilting.


I'd try switching the needle type & size and then a different brand of thread.

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Oh, yeh, one more thing I just thought of: Rethread the top thread and make sure the thread is not hanging up on the spool, spool pin, or wrapped around a thread guide. When my thread breaks after 3-4 inches, it's usually because something is stopping the top thread.

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How do I stop the machine breaking the top thread when I'm sewing?


There is either an error in the way it is threaded or the tension is set to high.

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Why does top thread keep breaking?


Sounds like your tensions, both upper and lower are out of whack. Easily fixed if so...google a vidyfor your make/model machine on adjusting both upper and lower tensions.

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My machine keeps on breaking the thread


You don't state which thread is breaking, so will assume it is the top thread.

AVOID using old or bargain bin thread!

Remove the thread.
Install a brand new needle.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning.
Verify the thread path is correct.
Set the top tension to the midway point (this may need to be tweaked for your individual machine).

If it still breaks, then the thread may be catching somewhere, perhaps on the needle plate or in the bobbin area. When a needle deflects, it will sometimes strike somewhere and cause a burr or rough spot. That rough spot will then catch the thread and cause it to break or shred.

Wrap your index finger with a fine piece of scrap fabric like chiffon, nylon knit, or silk. Then run your finger around the surface (top & bottom) of the needle plate and in the bobbin area. If the fabric catches, there is a burr. Also check the hook/shuttle as this where a lot of burrs are located. If it is a small burr, it can be smoothed with a fine emery board or emery cloth. It the burr is large, the part may need to be replaced.

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How do I stop my tread from popping on my Brother (17 stich) sewing machine?


Breaking thread? Presumably the top thread? AVOID old or bargain bin threads. The upper tension is too tight or the thread is not properly seated in the tension disk, the needle is defective or the needle, needle eye/scarf is not the best choice for the fabric/thread being used, there may be a snag in the bobbin area that is catching the thread. Make sure the thread is not catching on the spool's thread notch.

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Thread keeps breaking on my E&R machine. Making bean bag, and started off o.k. but nothing I do now stops thread breaking! HELP


The top thread breaks

1. the needle thread is not threaded properly

2. The needle thread tension is to tight

3. The needle is bent or blunt

4. The needle is incorrectly inserted

5. The needle thread & the bobbin thread are not set under the presser foot when starting to sew

6. the threads were not drawn to the rear after sewing

7. The thread is either to heavy or to fine for the needle

8. Try a different spool or cone of thread

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Bobbon thread is too losse /thread breaks no


Clean out the bobbin area.

Thread the machine with the presser foot up. This opens the tension so the thread can enter. Threading with the foot down closes the tension and the thread cannot enter as it should. When you sew, the top thread is loose and cannot properly connect with the bobbin thread to form a tight stitch. The stitching does not hold and pulls right out.

Thread breakage - top thread? Check the thread spool to be sure there aren't any nicks to catch the thread.

When the thread breaks, check the spool pin to see if the thread is unwinding too fast and wrapping around the pin. Thread nets can help stop this. You can find them at sewing machine dealers.


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