My 2134 is shreading the thread at the last thread
My pfaff 2134 is shreading the thread at the last thread guide befroe the needle. Any suggestions? have rethreaded, changed needle, cleaned it out etc. Trying to stipple a quilt using new sulkly blendable thread.
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Try these suggestions
1. Change the needle--use a needle that's for the fabric being sewed
2. Rethread the machine--top --make sure to use every thread guide
3. try a different bobbin--make sure bobbin is inserted correctly into the bobbin case, & make sure the bobbin is turned the correct way in the bobbin case
4. make sure the thread has not come off the thread take up lever
5. Clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for lint or threads
try changing the needle--make sure to use every thread guide try a different thread check for any burrs on the needle plate or on the bobbin case clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for lint or loose threads
Re-thread top of machine from scratch with the presser
foot raised, i.e. remove thread completely from all thread guides &
paths and start from scratch, making sure thread is securely seated
between tension disks. Once the needle is re-threaded, lower the
presser foot and give the tail end of the thread a tug to make sure
there's tension on it.
Make sure the bobbin is turning the correct direction
for your machine - and that the thread tail is under the tension plate
or bobbin tension guide (depending on machine).
Blow out any fuzz.
Insert a new needle, making sure needle is pushed all the way up.
Oil machine (in locations recommended in your owner's manual).
the basic cleaning and re-threading (above) don't help, your machine(s)
may be out of time or have another mechanical issue that will require a
repair technician. We recommend a tech trained on your specific brands
- they'll be better trained and able to get any repair parts that may
If only we could put video links in here! But here goes:
Raise the presser foot; Turn the hand wheel until the take-up lever (the hook bit that goes up and down, above the needle ) has reached its highest position; Remove the small spool holder from the horizontal thread holder that is under the lid. Put thread reel onto spool, replace spool holder; Pull thread behind first thread guide - it is the cream flat plastic bit towards the back - about 1" x 3/4" (i.e. the thread takes the first exit at the back); Bring it down the left-hand long slot on the front of the machine, back up the right-hand slot, over the hook of the take-up lever, back down the right-hand slot and pass it from the side between the thread guide (silver metal bit just above the needle - looks a bit like curled metal). I found this last guide the most difficult to figure out - tried to get the thread into the curled bit - but you don't do that - it just slips in behind; Thread goes through the eye of the needle. You can use the needle threader or not. Instructions for needle threader:
Lower sewing foot (makes more room and clamps the thread in the upper tension discs so it is less likely to keep spooling off while you are trying to thread); Turn handwheel until the needle is in highest position; Pull the needle threader straight down and then twist it to the front so the tiny hook on the threader goes through the eye of the needle; Take thread under the larger metal hook on the left, put your thumb on it to stop it coming off, thread goes back towards the needle and under the small hook that is poking through the needle from the back; Twist the needle threader towards the rear, releasing the thread carefully and allow the threader to move upwards. There should be a loop of thread left in the eye of the needle and you can now pull it all through to the back.
That sounds really complicated but I find the Pfaff needle threader works really well, unlike that of some other machines. I also have a Husqvarna Designer 1 whose needle threader works great, but the one on my friend's Designer SE is useless. Go figure!
As a rule of thumb, the flat side of the needle always goes towards the
opposite side of the last thread guide. So on your machine, since the
last thread guide is in the front of the needle bar, the flat side of
your needle goes toward the rear. The needle threads front to back.and needle clamp is tight position is must
check if the needle touches the feed dogs, or presser foot. it should have enough clearance.
check also if you had correctly place the bobbin to the bobbin case, (a reverse bobbin causes thread breaking/shreading)
with the thread out of the needle and with the presser foot lifter
down, try to pull manually the thread, try figuring it out if the
thread is too loose or TIGHT.
if its too tight then you might not have correctly placed the thread to the thread guides. try to check it again. adjust the thread tension control if its too tight, (see also if if the tension control is not stuck!) make sure its not too tight, nor too loose. its good to figure out the cause of the problem yourself, with minimum help! everything you do, it will be your sole experience!
I have the book on that machine as well and I have had that problem. Here is what had happened to me: I was soooooo tired of that shreading thing that I took a flashlight and aimed it up the nose of the machine by the lightbulb and fould there to be a nice little rats nest wrapped around the take-up lever and the needle bar. I spent the next three hours getting to that nest with the skinniest and longest tools I could find. Oh it is was fun!