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XL 150 embroidery machine. Upper thread keeps fraying and then breaking. I have changed needles(broke many) took out bobbin case and cleaned area. Works for a while and then thread starts breaking again.

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  • gzuccarino Sep 07, 2009

    I would be happy to adjust the presser foot tension but I am not sure where that is. I am looking in my manual and cannot find a reference to pressure foot tnesion. Is it one of the bars on the front? Please help

  • gzuccarino Sep 07, 2009

    I went in to the thread meter override. Made the adjustment to loosen the thread and the thread still broke. Was this what you were speaking of or is there something else that is the pressure foot adjuster? Please respond Thank you

  • gzuccarino Sep 07, 2009

    I guess I am not speaking Singerese What is on the left and what is on the right? Are we talking the LCD screen? Or on the sewing machine proper? Detail would help.



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Hi,

Adjust the presser foot tension of your unit, this could be the problem why you always break thread.

Hope this helps

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

  • micromaster
    micromaster Sep 07, 2009

    this should be two adjustment the one on the left and one is on the lower right..

  • micromaster
    micromaster Sep 07, 2009

    first check the FF.

    - Needle is in backwards.

    - Machine improperly threaded

    - Tension too tight

    - Needle bent or having blunt point

    - Thread too coarse for size needle

    - Burr on needle hole of presser foot (Caused by breaking needle when pulling fabric from machine)

    - Needle too long for machine, or not inserted all the way in the needle bar

    - Take-up spring bent or broken (Send for adjuster to repair).

    - Tension discs worn so that thread works in groove

    - Needle too fine for size of thread and fabric to be sewn

    - Threads not properly pulled back under presser foot when starting to sew

    - Lint or dirt around bobbin case holder

    - Irregular sewing speed

    To determine whether the upper tension is too tight or too
    loose for the fabric you're wanting to use, try the following
    test.
    the upper tension is too loose. If both
    threads break together and take more force to break, it
    means that the tensions are balanced.



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