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Check upper thread

My machine keeps telling me to check upper thread. I have done everything I can to solve the problem, but nothing seems to help. Please help!!!

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  • MamaSuz Apr 28, 2008

    I get that too. Sometimes so often that I just quit sewing!

  • asteil May 07, 2008

    I am very frustrated with the same issue. I have tried everything! Please advise.

  • karencab Jun 07, 2008

    I am getting the same problem i cleaned t out with one of those air cans but still i was hoping to find a answer here. HMMM. i really want to play with this machine and i have a hard time cuz the screen has lines going through it i work around it but i am afraid that it is going to be very expensive to fix. Anyone found a solution yet?

  • Mel Cal
    Mel Cal Sep 02, 2014

    Thread sensor is malfunctioning? Mines doing the same thing went through all trouble shoots . Went on the internet says to replace thread sensor. I found one but I don't know where it goes yet lol. Soo much fun.

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Turn off the Thread Sensor. You may have to do this each time there is a thread change. :-) 24 Feb.2014

Posted on Feb 24, 2014

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    Mel Cal Sep 02, 2014

    How do you turn off the thread sensor? Turn it off I don't have to replace it . : )

  • William Gilbert Sep 02, 2014

    I heard the story wrong from my wife. We had our machine repairman disconnect it.

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These machines typically have threading issues. In the thread path, there is a sensor that reads the thread. It quite often gets lint and pieces of thread. Where the thread goes through the thread path on the upper read is usually the culprit. Take off the plastic cover where the thread goes from rear towards front...look for the metal plates and carefully clean between them. You also need to make sure that thread goes all the way to the inside of these discs. I try to always pull the thread from spool and thread end to make sure it gets properly seated.

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The thread keeps bursting after a few stitches. I've tried adjusting upper & bottom tensions,changing the needle, trying it with different fabrics, but nothing seems to work. What do I do?


Usually when it stitches an inch or two and then breaks, the upper thread is mis-threaded.

Remove the upper thread and rethread from the beginning. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread. Check to make sure the thread path is correct. If it is threaded incorrectly, the thread will frequently break.

Also check that the thread is not hanging up somewhere, sometimes it gets looped around something or it snags on the little slit on the thread spool or a rough spot.

If the upper thread tension is too tight, it will also break the thread. Make sure the tension disk is clean. If there is gunk or a piece of thread stuck in the tension disk, it could be interfering.

If the thread is fraying as it goes through the needle eye, then there is probably an incompatibility of the needle, thread, fabric.

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Upper thread breaking is usually a sign of incorrect threading or tension too tight, although there are other possible problems:

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When threading the upper thread, be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot so the thread will seat properly in the tension disks. Avoid old thread or bargain bin thread. If the thread is fraying and breaking at or near the needle eye, then try a different type of needle with a larger thread groove that will protect the thread from fraying on rough fabric. Also, check that the thread is not hanging up on something, ie the slit on the side of the spool where the thread tail is stored.

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You have left threads in the thread path that you can't see or get to without a technical knowledge of the necessary "cleaning process"
Go and see your machine repair man who can show you how to get to the problems areas without messing up the mechanicals even more.

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