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Thread in left needle keeps breaking. When this happens a clicking noise comes from the tension dial.

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After changing the needle and cleaning out the 'tension track', not much more except for taking it to see a technician.
Sometimes specialty threads will shred pieces that can be stuck in the needle-threading track. You can try waxed dental floss and also use a bright flashlight with tweezers to remove pieces. Also look in the bobbin mechanism-clean and blow out with canned air. Remove all pieces that are easy to remove and clean out under the shuttle, etc.

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The top thread keeps breaking. Have checked usual things but still happens - any ideas please


After doing all the other adjustments did you try adjusting the needle down just a little. Try and see what happens. Please let me know what you find. GOOD LUCK FRIEND.

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Blind stitch won't lock


This is hard to find in the internet so I hope this will solve your problem...

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Help!
I am breaking a lot of needles and the tension is getting too tight on its own while stitching and causing the thread to break. I am learning the machine for two weeks. Is it so sensitive too wools, cottons, and fleece that this would make such a major difference in the stitching - breaking needles, breaking thread?

(A) It may not be tension that is causing the problem with your portable blindstitch. If you have broken needles it has probably left some needle burrs in the thread and needle path that need polishing off with fine emory cloth (crocus) before sewing again.

Start with a new LWx6T needle without thread or fabric. Watch the needle as you turn the hand wheel. If there is needle deflection, reduce the penetration dial until there is no needle movement. If there is needle deflection caused by burrs, they must be polished off. Check the looper tip and two arms for any needle burrs and polish off. If there is needle deflection caused by the needle track lifting the needle, lower the track very slightly with the screws on the side of the black metal bracket above the needle.

Finally, Back off on the tension dial and retighten while you are sewing with a light strong thread and light to medium weight fabric, until you get the correct tension without loops. If tension is too tight it will push the thread up so it is not all the way down between the tension discs where it belongs.

(Q) I can't understand how to finish off at the end. It
always unravels. I have read the manual and it seems simple but I
apparently just "don't get it." Any help would be appreciated.

(A) At the end of the blindhem seam, position the needle all the way to the left, then use the knee lift to remove the fabric and jerk on the fabric at the same time. That will tie off the tread and break the thread at the
needle without bending the needle. You can weave the thread tail back into the stitches or cut it off. Before the above procedure, you could also turn the handwheel counterclockwise for a few stitches, then come back to the end of the seam and repeat the first procedure above.

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Stitching is too loose on the Juno Janome Serger Model 3434D


sergers the most frustrating machines. Every time you change fabrics you go through a tension adjusting phase.

First make sure you have threaded the machine in the proper order. upper looper, lower looper, then needles from right to left. Always thread any machine while the presser foot lever is in the UP position.

If you ever break a thread... you MUST pull all threads and rethread using the proper order.

Ok that's out of the way. Pull all your threads and get out several pieces of the same fabric scrap. Thread each pathway with a different color. This will help you determine which thread is giving you fits. Sew a test strip. Which thread is loose? tighten/loosen that tension. Keep doing this until you have a well balance seam. Then clip the colored threads starting with the upper looper thread, tie off to your proper color for your seam pull the thread through and up through the throat plate. proceed in this manner with lower looper, right needle, left needle. Sew a test seam.

Good luck.

Aug 08, 2012 | Janome Sewing Machines

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Serger - my needles break, never happenned before, and over travels on left upper looper


Set tension at 3 -3.5 to start on each dial. By the way, left needle should LOOK higher then the right one even though they are same length. Jimmy

Apr 05, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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I have an husqvarna Viking mega quilter18x8 with the imperial frame. I am having problems with the tension and the tread keeps breakingms with. The tension and the tread keeps breaking. HELP!!


If the thread breaks at the needle and is feeding smoothly from the spool, you may have the tension too high. It is impossible to say what the setting should be because the knob rotates all the way around several times. Loosen it off until you see needle thread pull to the back of the quilt, then tighten until it just balances the interlocking of the stitch in the fabric. Test with little swirls, that's most likely to pull needle thread to back.Also, check that the needle is properly installed and that the hook to needle timing and clearance are good.Nesting of thread underneath usually happens if the foot lifter is left up or the tread is not fully in the disks of the tension unit.

Oct 25, 2011 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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What makes top thread break


top thread breaking could be caused by a number of things:

- could be old brittle thread - buy fresh quality thread. Or if it is good quality but old, maybe put in the fridge for an hour to get some moisture back into it. Or leave outside on a window sill overnight to do the same thing.
- top tension dial too tight, put on mid setting usually 4 or thereabouts, it is often marked on the dial.
- threading up wrong, could be that youve missed the take up lever properly, so when the needle goes down, there is insufficient slack on the thread above and it breaks under the strain, recheck threading up from spool to needle
- thread could be catching on an thread eye, on the back where the thread spool sits, on a nick on the thread spool itself, or wrapped twice around a thread eyelet, review the threading up and see if you can elminate the cause yourself
- using a big cone of thread on the thread spool, this may cause problems if the thread can't flow off the cone cleanly as the weight of the cone will stop it turning on the thread spool and there won't be enough height above the cone to allow the thread to come off the top of it like happens on an overlocker with an aerial. You can get around this problem if you want to use big cones by winding off the cone onto a bobbin, then using the bobbin on the top thread spool. Or buy a freestanding cone holder with an aerial so the thread can come off the top cleanly, then go to the top of the machine's first thread eye.
- top tension dial gummed up, dirty or faulty - many users don't know to clean between their tension discs and some models its hard to access to clean. But if you can see the tension discs where the top thread runs through to be tensioned, then you can clean them. Raise pressure foot and turn tension dial to zero first, then "Floss" between the discs with the selvage edge of a clean piece of cotton fabric offcut, if it comes out with some black stuff on, keep cleaning with a fresh edge. You can moisten the fabric with denatured alcohol too if its very bad. Clean until the edge comes out clean. Then reset tension dial to 4, thread up again and test stitch.

If none of the above resolve your problem, then maybe its time to take the machine for a professional service, the tension dial may actually be faulty and need replacing.

Sep 22, 2011 | Euro-Pro Shark 80 - 7133

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My needle thread keeps breaking. I've tried different thread (top and bobbin), a new needle, and I opened up the bottom plate to clean out lint. I have also tried adjusting the thread tension.


Are you sure you have got the top thread threaded correctly including the take up lever? Start at the thread spool and follow the thread all the way through the thread path checking that it is not snagging on anything enroute and that the thread is correctly through the tension device. Also tension dial should be on 4-5, if its higher this could be breaking the thread. YOu should not need to adjust top thread tension more than a half increment at any time.

Other possibility is that the bobbin holder under the needle plate has moved out of alignment and then the top thread is catching there as it goes around the hook.

If you check your manual it should give you instructions on removing the needle plate (2 screws need to come out), then you can lift the bobbin case out towards you, clean underneath with your little brush, then reinsert it. There are two little red marks on the right side of the bobbin case and a stopper, these need to be lined up. Then put in bobbin and rethread into tension spring, replace needle plate, bobbin cover, and test stitch.

Hopefully one of the above is causing the thread to break.

Aug 02, 2011 | Janome Memorycraft 6500P Computerized...

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The top left thread is not engaging with the other 3 threads. Help! I have rethreaded the machine twice.


Have you changed the needles in your serger before this happened?

If so, check again that the left needle is fully up into its housing and that the needle is in the right way with the scarf (cut out) at the back. Have you got a ball point needle in one side and not the other perhaps. If you are seaming knits, then put in 2 ball point needles, if for wovens, then two sharp needles.

Now check tension on left needle, is the number on the dial the same as the right needle. Pull on the left thread just after the tension disc then the same on the right thread, does the tension feel the same on both?

Is the thread catching somwhere on the aerial, caught on the cone holder, or at the back somewhere or as it comes through the tension discs? Take thread out of the discs, turn dial to zero and give between the discs a good clean with the selvage edge of a clean piece of cotton waste fabric, saw it back and forwards to clean out the discs. Now thread the machine again again. I'm assuming this is a 4 thread serger, so thread order would be top looper, bottom looper, then right needle, left needle, turn tension to zero on all threads, pull all four threads out under the foot, loower the pressure foot, turn tension back to five on all (or whatever your normal setting is) then chain off a little and test sew.

I hope this helps resolve your issue.

Apr 13, 2011 | Singer Sewing Machines

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The thread on my Juki machine keeps breaking when I sew. How do i fix it. Also, How can i change the thread tension


there's a tension dial with numbers-0-9 --above the needle area- the smaller the number the looser the tension--the higher the number the tighter the tension

thread breaking-try this
try rethreading the machine
thread tension to tight
needle is bent or blunt
needle is inserted incorrectly
the thread is either too heavy or too fine for the needle

try this & see if it helps you
Cut 6-8 inch piece of thread of the spool you are going to use for your project
Take the needle you are going to use for the project
& insert the thread thru the eye of the needle
& lift one end of the thread to a 45 degree angle
& if the needle is the right size for the thread it will slide down the thread
But if the needle hangs on the thread you need one size larger needle for the thread

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If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
If it sewed properly...what changed?

Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing direction...do not pull the thread backwards!)

Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).

Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
Replace the needle...do it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
Oh...and use the correct needle for the thread. (a universal 80/12 is standard).
Thread can cause issues too. Try a different bobbin, or maybe a different spool of thread to see if that makes a difference.

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