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Change to a 100/16 needle and slow down the motion.

Sewing machine needles have a groove down the front of the needle shaft which helps guide the thread through the needle. The more room, the better the thread is guided.

You should able to find more about this at Quilting Arts TV (Internet) - one of my favorite PBS shows.

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