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I am experiencing difficulty in stitching shade cloth. I have thread provided by the shade cloth manufacturer, and am using denim needle, as recommended by the shade cloth people.The machine is locking after only a few stitches and is clearly not happy with the job. I have a Husqvarna 2000 Model 64 40

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Probably just too heavy for the machine to handle and the thread may also be too thick for the bobbin to tension correctly.

Thread above 50 gauge is not suitable for domestic sewing machines and it is likely that that is what the shade cloth manufacturer use through an industrial machine.

You could try again with regular good quality polyester thread, a roller foot and very careful slow stitching with you helping on the fly wheel and see if it works?

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