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I have a designer se the take up lever keeps dropping the thread

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Try threading with a figure-of-eight motion - take the thread to the left of the take-up lever hook, across through the hook, then down to the needle. This makes the thread cross itself below the take-up lever hook and may help keep the thread in place. Also be sure that your thread is in the tension disks properly. Always thread with the presser foot raised so the tension disks are open and the thread can seat itself properly. If this does not help, you probably need to see a machine technician.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010


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Thread uptake keeps dropping thread after about 5 stitches Ive rethreaded changed needle checked bobbin area changed bobbin and still drops

Do you mean the thread comes out of the take-up lever when you sew? I have an old Pfaff that if I sew too fast, the thread "jumps" out of the take-up lever and then it's an instant mess of thread. I fashioned a small piece of tape to cover the opening in the take-lever and no more problems. Something like a drop of hot glue may work too.

If the thread is tightening at the take-up lever and eventually breaking, it is most likely because the thread is not advancing properly through the tension disk or the thread is hanging up somewhere between the thread spool and take-up lever. If you watch it closely, you may see the thread tightening and then be able to discern where the problem originates. (Make sure the thread is not hanging up at the thread spool.)

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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
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If this problem persists there is an upgrade on the take up lever that has a plastic clip that holds the thread in better. Check with your dealer.

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if you don't have a manual, here is a link for a free manual

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My Designer 1 embroidery machine thread take-up lever keeps allowing thread to slip off into the inside of the machine. The thread then becomes entagled and wrapped in the gears. I have taken it in twice...

Hi Kathleen

Why don't you ask that question of Viking Husquvarna head office in your country in writing and see if they have now got an aftermarket solution to this problem. Sometimes a direct approach is best.

If the thread take up lever has an open eye and the thread keeps slipping out of this, can you perhaps modify it a little yourself by using a small piece of plastic tape to close off the eye, maybe putting a little grommet in place first so the thread runs freely through it and doesn't catch on the tape. Worth a try?

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I am having trouble with the free motion on my Viking SE. I can feel the thread sticking up on the back and the top thread keeps breaking. I have tried changing thread (four times) and changing needle...

I presume you have set the machine for free motion quilting in the Menu? There are so many things that could be causing this, and so many variables for tweaking it to optimum performance. What foot are you using? What thread? What needle? What menu setting? Have you tried loosening the top thread tension? Bobbin tension? I will keep a lookout for further posts from you with a bit more info that we can start working on. I have a Designer1, not the SE, but have used an Se so will try my best to help.

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try these suggestions
the needle top thread tension is to tight
the needle is bent or blunt
the thread & needle are not compatable--here's how to check
Cut 6-8 inch piece of thread of the spool you are going to use for your project
Take the needle you are going to use for the project
& insert the thread thru the eye of the needle
& lift one end of the thread to a 45 degree angle
& if the needle is the right size for the thread it will slide down the thread
But if the needle hangs on the thread you need one size larger needle for the thread

you said the upper bar keeps dropping the thread--I think you are talking about the thread take up lever-an old sewing machine service tech I knew had a sewing machine that had that problem & he took a pair of pliers & closed the gap in the thread take up lever hole & the customer never had a problem with the thread coming off the thread take up lever again.

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When I am trying to do an embroidery design, the top thread keeps breaking. What could be the cause of this?

check your thread tension
check needle could be bent-blunt or damaged
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I have a Designer SE and today while sewing the 'check upper thread' message kept coming up. There was nothing wrong with the thread and I rethread it several times after the message came up. I cleaned...

It's probably the sensor in the upper thread tension unit. If you look where the thread comes to the bottom before looping back up to the take-up lever, there is a small point coming out that holds the thread downward as the takeup lever moves up and down. Take a brush and clean any lint/dust out of that area or it be serviced and cleaned by an authorized Husqvarna Viking Dealer. You can find the nearest dealer by click on the "Dealer" link at
Good luck.

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