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Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 problems using metallic thread

I have the original Designer 1 (not USB) sewing machine. I just spent 6 hours on a very simple design using metallic thread (YLI brand). I broke 15 needles and countless problems from the bobbin not working properly to thread breaking. I finally got the design done but I threw away all of the metallic thread I own. What causes this to happen and has it happened to anyone else?

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DON'T put lubricant on the side of your thread spool!!! The computerized machines' tensions are so finely tuned, the lubricant can completely flumox your tension sensors. But then again, you had so much trouble anyway, guess it can't be any worse. However, it might leave traces of lubricant in the tension discs and cause you grief when you are using ordinary sewing or embroidery thread.

I am always wary of using metallic thread on my Des.1 - some machines seem to like it, others don't. Mine is a bit in between - sometimes I have no trouble, other times it plays up merry hell. It has been suggested that the metallic thread should be kept "moist" and some people keep theirs in the refrigerator for an hour or two before using it. I have never tried this, so cannot speak as to its efficiency.

Making sure the thread reels off smoothly is the best tip, along with slowing down the machine and using Metallic or at least a Topstitch needle. Different threads are wound onto the spools differently so you will have to examine the spool and decide how it will unwind with the least bother i.e. upright or on the horizontal spool. Others report success with placing the spool upright in a cup or glass (to stop it falling over) and feeding the thread up through a thread stand.

Then there are those that say the longer thread path you can get the better to allow the thread to lose its kinks before reaching the tension discs. I never had success with this - seemed to me it just made a longer thread path to create more kinks!

You can buy embroidery designs which have been digitized especially for metallic threads, so maybe that might be an option for you. Designs with lots of small, tight stitches close together or on top of each other are NOT suitable for metallic thread. You could try upsizing your design by one click in both directions (width and height) to make sure the stitches are spaced out a bit. This should not affect the integrity of the design noticeably.

Watch the thread as it is spooling off the reel, not the needle, when you sew out a design and have your finger on the Stop button, ready. That way if the thread is not spooling off smoothly or catches, you can stop before disaster strikes.

Hope some of the above is useful to you.

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Hi,

I found with metalic thread the spool has to be in the upright position when embroidering or all sorts of problems occur.

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Metallic needles have a larger eye and lumpy thread passes through easier. Slow your machine down to its slowest setting while using metallic thread. Always use a metallic thread that is fairly smooth to the touch. If it's not feeding through your tension assembly very well, apply a line of TriFlow lubricant down the side of the thread on the spool so that every wrap that comes off the spool has just a little lubricant on it.
Needles breaking probably means that the thread is dragging in the eye. Everything that I listed above will help.

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Try using a bigger needle

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