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My Elna 730 pro. The thread is fraying and breaking.

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Be sure to install a brand new needle that is recommended for the thread and fabric you are using.

Check to make sure the machine is threaded correctly. Remove the thread and rethread from the beginning.

Could be old/bargain bin variety thread. Use only fresh, good quality thread.

Another possibility is an incompatibility of needle, thread, fabric. Make sure the thread is not too small for the needle eye which will cause thread fraying. If the fabric is coarse or dense, it can also cause the thread to fray--a needle with a larger scarf (ie top stitch needle) will help protect the thread during the multiple times the needle pierces the fabric. In rare instances, the needle may be defective or there machine has a burr somewhere that is catching and shredding the thread.

All About Needles

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It is important to install brand new needles frequently, ie every 8 hours of sewing. The needle is a very inexpensive item but could be very expensive in frustration, damaged fabric, and possible machine damage.

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