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I bought a Pfaaf 356 - a machine that could sew through tin cans & embroiders. However I cannot topstitch with a thicker thread as can't wind onto the bobbin - is there anything I can do?

The threading mechanism can't take a thicker thread

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They make and sell bobbin winders that are not attached to any machine . an old friend of mine , now deceased used to hand wind bobbins for his heavy duty saddle machine

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Bobbin not not threading, what's the problem?


We don't know the make & model of your machine. Are you trying to wind the thread onto the bobbin?

FWIW, for ~$30 there is a stand-alone bobbin winder called "Sidewinder" that can be used to wind all your bobbins. It saves wear-n-tear on your machine and you can wind bobbins without removing the thread from your sewing machine. Just be sure to verify that your bobbins are compatible with the Sidewinder.

Available at JoAnn's, Walmart, Amazon...


Amazon com Simplicity SideWinder Portable Bobbin Winder

Jul 19, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Winding a bobbin correctly


The heart of sewing is producing a well tensioned seam and achieving this with any sewing machine will be difficult if you don't wind a bobbin smoothly and with even tension onto the thread. If you look at your bobbin and the thread on it looks all lumpy and uneven, then this tip is for you.

Each time you wind a bobbin, whatever sewing machine it is on, it is really important to keep even tension on the thread as it winds onto the bobbin. Many machines will have a little tension disc you take the thread around but your technique is important too.

Usually you take the thread from your spool of cotton on the right, across to the left on the top of the machine and around a tension disc, or through a thread eye, then back to the right to your bobbin winding spindle, if your bobbin has holes in it, then pull the thread tail up through a hole and pop it onto the spindle. Engage the spindle by pushing across against the stop. Now start winding SLOWLY while holding the thread tail up in the air until the core of the bobbin has been covered in fully and your thread has covered up the starting point to hold the beginning tail. Stop winding, and trim the tail off against the bobbin with a pair of snips. Now resume winding at 1/2 to 3/4 speed and do two things, one with each hand. With one hand put tension onto the top of the spool you are winding thread off - use the curve of your scissors handle into the indent on top. And with your other hand, give the thread a nudge as it winds onto the bobbin to ensure you wind fully across the whole bobbin evenly. Watch it carefully to ensure that you get a smooth even wind.

An analagy: if you wind the garden hose onto the hose reel really fast and let it go anywhich way, the hose will kink and wind mostly in the middle then the reel's full and you've still got half the hose to put away. Thread is the same, its been wound onto a spool by a machine in a very precise way; you want the same smooth evenly tensioned winding onto your bobbin so that when you stitch out the seam the thread is consistently fed off the bobbin.

Don't be tempted to wind flat out and just let it take its own path as you won't get good smooth bobbins of thread. And if you let the thread come off the spool at a fast pace the spool may bounce around, causing fluctuations in the tension on the thread. When you stich a seam, the thread will relax unevenly in your seam causing puckers and ho hum stitching.

Simple stuff but it makes a difference!

on Oct 02, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Iam sewing seats. but the threed stared braking at the needle & it want saw.


Most likely, it has to do with incompatibility of the needle, thread, and fabric. The force of the needle penetrating the fabric multiple times is actually causing the thread to (wear &) fray and eventually break. There are needles with larger grooves that tend to protect the thread during stitching. Some may recommend a Top Stitch Needle (Home Machine Needles Superior Threads Why Topstitch? The Topstitch needle is the most common needle type used and recommended by professionals and educators. We recommend the Topstitch for piecing, quilting, embroidery, appliqu?, and construction. These needles are available in four sizes to accommodate all thread types, including metallic threads. The Topstitch needle has a larger eye and deeper groove. It is often referred as the MAGIC NEEDLE. It really does make a difference in your sewing experience.)
Why Use Topstitching Needle

Also, if the thread is a tight fit through the needle eye, it will also tear the thread. Make sure that the thread will slip easily through the eye. Go to a larger needle, instead of 90, try a 100.

Be sure to use a brand-new needle.

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You may also consider changing the type of thread you are using. Go with a stronger thread, ie polyester, rather than cotton. Cotton will shred and break easier.

You will probably need to re-adjust the thread tension. If it is too tight, it will also break the thread. If you are using a heavier weight of thread, you will need to adjust both the upper and bobbin tension to accommodate the heavier thread.
Bobbin Tension How and Why Tension is Adjusted

If you sewing fabric that is sticky, ie vinyl, oilcloth, you should try to use a roller presser foot, a teflon presser foot, or a walking foot to help the fabric move with the feed dogs.

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Apr 22, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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How do I wind sharing thread onto a bobbin on a LX-5500 brother sewing machine?


Generally, elastic thread should be hand-wound onto a bobbin. Hand winding allows the elastic thread to be wound onto the bobbin without any stretch prior to sewing.

Feb 22, 2016 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Cant get the boobin to wind the thread


Please try to would put the some very very small cloth piece onto bobbin. Otherwise you bought the separate bobbin machine.

Jan 07, 2014 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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How do you start embroidering a design where the thread breaks on a Bernina Artista 180 sewing/embroidery machine?


Most machines have a stitch counter, stitch forward and step back features. Check your manual and embroidery machine's screens for this.

IN case you have misplaced your manual I found this one for you. It's big so allow time to download.
http://www.itsastitchonline.com/mastery_on_the_web/Mastery_170_180_1-10-02.pdf

Sep 10, 2012 | Bernina Artista 180

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Was in the middle of embroidering and it just froze up and stopped sewing, thought maybe it was just to over worked cause I begun to smell something so shut it down in hopes that in the morning it would be...


I had the same problem happen to me. I had the machine serviced twice already - but I embroider a whole lot. One of the problem is that your machine needs to be oiled, and the other problem - which seems to be a major flaw, when the automatic bobbin winds, it sometimes winds the thread around the bobbin cup (the metal part where the plastic cup sits in to hold the bobbin). When this happens, the machine start to make almost like a swooshing sound and then it stops working. I can't even raise the needle. Check if that is the problem, then you have to take the embroidery scissors and cut the thread and then carefully pull it out with the tweezers. It's time consuming and frustrating but it can be done. Please check your machine about the thread and let me know.

Jun 21, 2009 | Singer Quantum XL-6000 Computerized Sewing...

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When machine quilting sews fine when moving forward, skips stitches when moving away


Check your needle. Make sure it is not blunt, try a Size 90 Topstitch needle or Embroidery needle. If you are using a thread thicker than regular piecing weight, you need a needle with a larger eye and a larger scrarf - the hollowed out bit at the back of the needle. Also don't sew too fast nor change direction too sharply. If you need to do a sharp turn, let the machine "mark time" once at the turn before moving off in the new direction.
Pam

Apr 28, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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Have futura 200. Was embroidering a design and


I had the same problem, go head with machine off and embroidery unit off also turn wheel toward you. If it still won't go try winding a bobbin that is what happened with mine it seemed to undo the stiffness. You can also take the cap off the wheel and make sure there is no thread wound around it.
Good luck if this does not work there are other tips but it would take all night to email all the steps.
sewsecksy@yahoo.com

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