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My Sears sewing machine will not sew with polyester thread. Polyester thread is the only kind of thread sold at Wal-Mart and fabric stores. The manual says to use cotton covered polyester. So now what do I do?

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I am sure that you machine will sew with polyester thread, I think the problem is with your threading of your machine. Read your manual

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Be sure you are using the correct needle for stretch fabric.

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First, try a brand new needle.

Second, consider using a better quality thread. By all means, AVOID old or bargain bin threads. Coats & Clark used to be a standard, but thread quality has improved over the past few years, so you may want to check out other brands like Aurafil, Superior, Isacord, etc. Also, cotton wrapped polyester thread releases thread lint that contributes to build-up of gunk in the machine. Some sewists have noted that they experience more sewing issues when using C&C threads. However, some machines will do better with certain thread brands than others, so some experimentation may be beneficial.

Third, check the stitch on your sample again. Generally, when thread loops appear on the underside of the fabric, it is the upper thread that is the problem. If loopy threads appear on the top of the fabric, it is the bobbin thread that is the issue. You can even use a different color in the top to help distinguish which thread is the problem.

Fourth, when threading the upper thread, Always Raise the Presser Foot during the threading process so the tension disk is released and the thread can seat properly. "Bird nesting" occurs when the thread is not seated in the tension disk.
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Fifth, when the upper thread appears on the underside of the fabric, the upper thread tension is too loose. If the bobbin thread appears on the top of the fabric, the tension thread is too tight (or the bobbin thread is loose). Start out with the upper tension set at the midway point and tweak it from that point. The tension is ideal when both upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Breaking thread could be caused by a couple of things:
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4) needle not compatible with thread/fabric
5) needle installed incorrectly

First thing to try is remove all the thread from the machine, RAISE the presser foot so the thread will seat properly in the tension disk, then re-thread from the beginning--make sure you do not miss any steps.

Usually the factory standard tension setting is with the dial set at the mid-way point between the low and high number. The tension is correct when both the upper thread and the bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric.

As a reminder, since your machine is a mechanical, be sure that you are cleaning and oiling on a regular basis. Use ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil (not 3-in-1, WD-40, cooking oil, or the old oil from grandma's sewing basket). Follow the instructions in the manual. If you want to do a thorough job, open the top and free arm cover. Slowly hand rotate the handwheel and apply 1-2 drops of oil every place that metal rubs on metal. Do NOT oil rubber, plastic parts or belts. Be sure to apply a drop on the shuttle race every time you begin a new project. Oiling according to the instruction manual should be done every 40 hours of sewing time. If in storage, oil every six months.

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Here's information about needles:
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  • I'd satisfied to sew cotton/polyester than silk fabric, match more commonly use needle for cotton is no. 14 and stich no.3

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