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The top thread keeps breaking when sewing

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Sounds to me as though the thread tension is too tight?

Posted on Feb 02, 2010

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Top thread keeps breaking and I do not think it is a bobbin issue. Thread seems to be getting snagged up in one of the upper threading spots. It has been professionally serviced many times.


Remove the top thread from the machine.

Install a brand new needle and confirm that the needle is correct for the thread and fabric you are sewing.

ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Set the top tension to the midway point. Verify the thread path is correct.

When the presser foot is raised, the thread should pull through with very little resistance. Once the presser foot is lowered, the tension is activated and the thread should not pull through.

It could be the thread is catching a notch or groove. I have a machine that the thread has worn a sharp groove in the finish. I covered it with tape. Fixed.

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May 11, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Kenmore mini ultra The top thread breaks off from needle after a few stitches. The bobbin seems to Be catching the top thread. Thank you. ??


If the top thread sews a few inches and then breaks, something is catching the top thread and holding it until it breaks. Usually, this will happen when using the old style thread cones with the slit in the edge to keep the thread from raveling off the spool. To prevent the thread from hanging up, turn the thread spool over so the slit is at the top instead of the bottom. Sometimes top thread breaks will happen if the thread becomes looped around the thread spool pin.

Remove the thread, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and then rethread the upper thread. Verify that the thread path is correct and that the thread has not looped around a guide.

If the thread is fraying at the needle eye, the needle/thread are not compatible. Also, the tension may be too high.

Check that the upper tension disk is clean--no gunk buildup or thread pieces stuck.

If the thread is actually breaking when it penetrates the needle plate hole, there may be a burr or nick somewhere below that is catching the upper thread. You can wrap your finger with a piece of fine fabric, like an old pair of hosier, fine knit fabric, etc. and running your finger around in the bobbin area, under the needle plate. If you get snags, then you have a burr or nick. If it is small, you can sometimes smooth it with a fine emery board. If it is a large burr, you may need to purchase a replacement part.


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Sep 05, 2016 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Why the thread cracked with when i sticked with the machine


Thread breakage could occur for several reasons.

First, try a brand new needle.

Second, use only good quality thread--NOT old thread or bargain bin varieties.

Third, when threading the upper thread, be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot throughout the threading process.

Verify that the thread path is correct (consult the owner's manual). Incorrect threading will usually break the thread.

Check that the upper thread tension is set at the midway point between the high & low numbers.

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Aug 27, 2016 | Brother ES2000 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Thread keeps breaking when I sew.


one of three issues: top tension too tight, bottom tension too tight, needle timing off.

Oct 21, 2015 | Elna 2005 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My sewing machine keep sewing a little bit but breaks the thread everytime the bottom thread is at 0 and 1 my top thread is at 2 or 3 and the top thread breaks please tell me what wrong I am new too.


possibly the top thread is being restricted in movement
check that the thread is between the tension plates and not behind it or knotted up in the way it is threaded
pull on the needle thread and it should move with a steady pull not very hard
if it is not moving fairly easily the check how you have the thread installed
also old thread will break easily as the bonding used to keep the strands together breaks down and is difficult for the thread to slide though the needle
another point is the needle to hook timing and the clearance there as well .
if there is a problem there , the hook will split the thread from the needle and break it
if you still have problems , take it to a sewing machine service center ( any one ) and they will advise of the problem and show you how to fix it

Oct 20, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Have a Janome 1600P-Top thread keeps breaking


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

Apr 21, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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Thread keeps breaking


check to see if there are any burrs in that area

May 24, 2012 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

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Top thread keeps breaking on my Janome 1600P.


I had a similar problem and then realized that the thread on the top had a **** on the spool it was catching on.

Sep 23, 2009 | Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

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