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Keeps breaking thread or thread get hung up in the bobbin area.

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This is caused by any one of a number of issues. The most common ones are as follows:-

  • Using the wrong needle for the type of thread
  • Too low a top thread tension
  • too high a bottom thread tension: as this is non-adjustable it suggests an incorrectly threaded bobbin or a bobbin which is wound too tightly
  • Using poor quality non-Singer needles
  • Using poor-quality thread of the kind often found in discount stores

Posted on Sep 09, 2010

  • roadruner47 Sep 10, 2010

    using singer needle # 11 and the thread is sulky invisible fine 004 soft. have broke 2 needles as well. i cleaned the bobbin area before i started sewing.

  • Obertelli
    Obertelli Sep 10, 2010

    The thread you're using is so fine that some older machines simply cannot handle it, principally because the tensioner cannot cope with it. A trick I sometimes use is to bypass the tensioner altogether and run the thread between my thumb and forefinger instead, but it's a technique which takes a while to master and is quite awkward.

    With such a fine thread it's also important not to run the machine too fast and to ensure that the machine is running as smoothly as possible The latter is only possible if the machine is correctly maintained and oiled.

    What type/thickness of material are you sewing and how many layers? Are you using the same thread top and bottom?

    The final thing which occurs to me for now is that needle #11 is commonly available in both a sharp and a ball point. Which are you using?


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Hello

Primary causes of upper thread breakage:


-- misthreading: pull all the thread off and thread again, using the manual, step by step. Read each step aloud before you do it. (sounds dumb, but helps.) (And make sure you thread the takeup lever!)

-- thread has wrapped itself around a thread guide or spool pin from one of the breaks. Take the spool off the machine before rethreading.

-- bad or damaged needle. Replace with the right size for the fabric, turned correctly (backwards needles skip stitches)

-- dirty machine, especially in the bobbin case area: review cleaning instructions and do it, using brush and vacuum only

-- bad/cheap thread: should not be slubby or break easy. Try another spool.

-- top thread tension too tight. 4 is normal for most fabrics, most stitches.

Tips;

1) do a light cleaning (brush and vacuum) every day you sit down to sew.

2) replace the needle if you hear it hit metal, if you've got a really bad thread jam, if you see it deflect as you sew (for instance, sewing over the side seam on jeans when hemming). Replace every 3-8 hours of actual stitching time anyhow.

3) buy good quality thread

4) when your machine isn't sewing right, stop; take all the thread off of/out of the machine (bobbin out of bobbin case, spool off spool pin) and give it a quick cleaning. Rethread from scratch, carefully. If that doesn't fix it, do it again, then replace needle and rethread one more time, manual in hand (yah, even if you've threaded it 8 million times before). #4 is curative about 98% of the time. The other 2% often requires professional attention.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011

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I have a Elna excellence 7600. Why does thread keep breaking while chain stitching fabric?


Thread breaks
first check to see if there is an actual thread break, then check the threading-both needle and thread
Sometimes the machine will signal a thread break when there really isn't one, at least not technically. For example, a mis-threading can cause the thread break sensor to think there is a problem because it is not sensing the proper thread tension. This can also happen if a loop of thread forms suddenly resulting in slack in the thread.
a thread break signal are really a "thread out" indication most often triggered by an empty or low bobbin or the needle becoming unthreaded.
rethread the machine and correct any low thread conditions.
Actual Thread Breaks
Examine the thread break. Is it a clean snap or is it shredded?
Next, examine the thread path. Did the thread get caught on something
A common problem with embroidery thread is that due to its slippery nature, it can slide down the spool and get hung up underneath causing a sudden jerk on the thread. Rayons will probably just snap at this point but some poly threads may be strong enough to resist breaking and instead flex the needle resulting in a broken needle.
Metallic threads often cause more breaks and shredding because they tend to form loops and kinks as they come off the spool. This is exacerbated by small spools with narrow diameters and short thread paths from the spool to the first thread guide. A simple solution for this is to extend the thread path.
Thread Factors
Lets look a little closer at thread. Embroidery threads are more fragile than those used for garment construction or quilting. Start with quality thread and know how to care for it.
Embroidery threads can dry out when exposed to light, heat, drafts, and air conditioning. They can become "bruised" if dropped or handled roughly. As they age, they become more fragile. Due to dying and other processes, certain colors break more easily than others. Check this for yourself. Try breaking a white thread and then a black. Also notice that the black is slightly thicker than the white.
Rayon tends to break easier than poly. Metallics are more temperamental and finicky
Needle-Related Possibilities
On a single needle machine, if you are getting continuous thread breaks with multiple colors and you are sure you can eliminate the thread, then look at the needle.
Is it the right size? For 40 wt rayon or polyester thread, a 70/10 or 75/11 works well on most fabrics.
Embroidery needles have a slightly larger eye to reduce friction on the thread. High quality needles have a well-polished eye that won't snag, abrade, or shred the thread. The thread can pass through the eye of the needle 50 to 60 times before it is laid down on the fabric. Any rough spot on the needle or thread path can literally saw the thread in half
The broken needle is the least of your problem! If your machine doesn't stop the instant the needle breaks, it may severely damage your fabric. Needle breaks can cause scratches and rough spots on the throat plate and in the hook area that can shred thread. Until these problems are smoothed out, thread breaks will be your reality.
It is possible for the fabric and/or stabilizer to the source of thread problems. For example, heavy, stiff fabrics can easily strip some metallic threads
If the lower thread keeps breaking, open out the bobbin hatch and check that there is no lint buildup that is hindering the smooth flow of the thread. If there is any lint, remove the bobbin and clean the area thoroughly with a brush. Also check that the bobbin is wound correctly and that the tension of bobbin thread is even. Poor maintenance and incorrectly wound bobbins are the culprit more often..

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My bobbin and thread are constantly breaking. I have the correct thread to needle, but I don't even get one stitch before both break. Tension is on auto; should it be less or more?


is the needle in the holder the correct way ( groove in the needle facing the thread )
Is the needle eye the correct size for the thread in use

remove it from auto tension setting and adjust it your self
make sure that the top thread is between the tension plates and not around the thread behind the plates
the thread tension is close to correct when you need a bit of a pull to pull it along to the needle
is the method of threading to the needle correct as any areas where the thread reverses direction will cause it to break
what do mean that the bobbin is constantly breaking or is it the bobbin thread that is breaking
have you got the thread down the case slot and under the flat spring correctly
the bobbin has to be inserted into the case in such a manner that when the thread is pulled , it flows down the slot freely as the bobbin turns
if the direction is wrong , the thread has to move across the sharp edge of the slot and will cut easily

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The thread keeps cutting off as I am sewing, what I'm I doing wrongly.?


have you lubricated your machine and bobbin case area? have you checked thread tension on both upper and bobbin thread? Too tight at the top can cause the thread to break. Poorly lubricated or improperly seated bobbin case can also break threads. Also if your needle can be moved left or right, and it's set off-center that can break threads. Good luck.

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I have a faithful 730 Bernina and currently the bobbin thread keeps breaking. Please advise what may be causing this. Thanking you.


Bobbin thread breaks
1. There is a right way & wrong way to insert the bobbin in the case --when you insert the bobbin in if it doesn't stitch correctly turn the bobbin over see if that helps or bobbin case is not inserted correctly
2. Lint has collected in the bobbin holder
3. The bobbin is damaged & doesn't turn smoothly
4. Lower thread tension is two tight

here's a free manual
http://www.bernina.com/getdoc/48e8d09f-98f7-40ab-8663-a23663df4fae/Bernette_715_730_740E_manual

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Thread keeps breaking


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Thread keeps breaking, sounds like something keeps catching in the bobin area that causes the thread to break on top, skipping stiches also


You could possibly have some burs on the bobbin casing. This will cause threads to break. This is a repair that will have to be done by a professional. OR you could have place the bobbin in backwards. If the bobbin is not in correctly it will not have the right tension and the thread will break. And finally, make sure the upper threading is correct. The thread needs to go through all thread guides and the needle needs to be place in the machine with the grooved side facing you.
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Out of nowhere, after working fine for weeks, the bobbin thread started breaking, and then stopped "wrapping" properly around the outside of the bobbin while I sewed. It keeps jamming to where I...


Change needle
Clean under needle plate where feed dogs are for lint
Clean bobbin area for lint or loose threads
Rethread machine top thread make sure to get every thread guide
& bobbin is threaded correctly & inserted in the bobbin case or shuttle correctly
Check tension 3 or 4 is usually good

after you try all this & it keeps jamming then it may need to be serviced

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The tension on my top thread is so tight it breaks the thread no matter if the tension is set on 1 or 9? Any suggestions?


check the needle to see if it's in backwards
check to see if the needle is bent
the thread might be hung up in the bobbin case(check area for lint or loose thread)
the tension spring could be bad-if this is the problem it would have to be replaced
check to see if it's threaded correctly(usually rethreading it is the best way to check)
check to see if the thread is caught on the spool pin or on the notch on the spool of thread it's self
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make sure the thread is not notty-if so replace
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you need to change your needle first. then if that does not work you may have a small area on your bobbin case that has been damaged

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