Question about Singer Quantum XL-1000 Computerized Sewing Machine
I also have the Singer Quantum XL-1000 and recently wanted to figure out how to free motion quilt with it. I was having the same problem you were - the top thread kept breaking after a few seconds. A google search brought up this webpage, and like you, I didn't find help from the other solutions for our particular machine.
But I just figured it out today, and thought I would share! Turns out, on the Singer Quantum XL-1000, the stitch length MUST be set to something OTHER THAN ZERO. I know this is totally counter-intuitive. All the tutorials I found online about free motion quilting say how important it is to set the stitch length to zero. I'm guessing that maybe it's because the XL-1000 is computerized, and essentially too smart for that - that setting the stitch length to zero signaled to the machine NOT to give any thread, thus the breakage.
But try setting your stitch length to somewhere between 2.5 and 3.5. I've been quilting this afternoon with Sulky thread (I'd been using Coats and Clark before, and found that even with the proper settings, it makes a big difference to have a higher quality thread) and the stitch length set to 3.0, and it's going great! I'm also using a 90/14 needle, because that's what the instruction manual recommended for free motion embroidery.
Hope this helps! Happy sewing!
Posted on Jul 11, 2010
Is the presser foot lowered? Make sure the presser foot screw that holds it in place is securely tightened. Before lowering the foot, bring the thread tails under the foot and to the back or side of the machine.
If top thread breaks try rethreading the machine, adjust the tension and check the needle. Are the top and bottom threads compatible? Another possible cause is a burr on the needle plate. This can happen after a needle has been deflected off the plate and broken while stitching. To remove the burr, use an emery cloth (not sand paper) to gently file the rough spot.
If bottom thread breaks - Clean the bobbin case and rethread the bobbin.
If needle breaks - Check to be sure the needle is inserted correctly and the needle clamp is screwed on tight. Check the top tension and needle size. A too fine needle for your fabric will cause the needle to break. Are you pulling or pushing the fabric through the machine as it is stitching with your hands, causing strain on the needle? Let the machine's feed dogs do the work.
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Posted on May 02, 2010
Hi,i think the problem is as a result of the fact that the needle was not installed in the right position,but nevertheless,this solution will be helpful to you;
STEP 1 Open the bobbin cover and remove the bobbin from your machine. Examine the bobbin case and make sure there aren't stray threads jammed into any grooves. If you see clumps or strands of thread, remove them with your fingers or with tweezers.
STEP 2 Look over how the bobbin is positioned in the case and whether or not it is inserted correctly. Different machines hold the bobbin in different ways and some machines don't use a bobbin case. Consult your machine's manual for the proper way for its bobbin to be inserted.
STEP 3 Make sure the thread is wound evenly on the bobbin. If your thread has large sections of loose loops sticking out from the rest of the thread, they easily could be causing the problem. Rewind the bobbin, if needed.
STEP 4 Clean the shuttle mechanism and the bobbin case with a small soft brush, such as a make-up brush, and a dust cloth. Remove as much dust and tiny fiber pieces as possible. Resist the urge to blow into the machine to clear away dust, this can send debris farther back into the machine, causing more serious problems.
STEP 5 Oil the movable pieces of the shuttle by putting a few drops of sewing machine oil on a Q-tip and rubbing the Q-tip over the hinge-like turning areas. Do not add too much oil to the machine; one drop goes a long way.
STEP 6 Reload your bobbin into the machine and sew a line along a piece of scrap fabric. Check your thread tension and adjust it as needed following the manufacturer's instructions. The upper thread should never show through the bottom and the bobbin thread should never show through the top.
Thanks and good luck
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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