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Before you do anything else unthread and rethread the machine again. Sometimes the thread gets hooked on something or wrapped around and will cause it to break. Of course do check the tension again too. Is it breaking when you pull on it before it goes through the needle?

If it is breaking when sewing then it could be that the bobbin tension is too tight.

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Upper thread too tight and the control wheel for loosening upper thread is not much of help since it is set for 0 to 2 for sewing simplest things. How to fix it? Thread is constantly breaking off.


Totally remove the upper thread from the machine then rethread. When threading the top thread, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot so the thread will seat properly in the tension disk. The thread is probably breaking because the tension is too tight. Try setting it at the midway point and then tweak it from there. Also check that the thread path is correct--incorrect threading could cause extra tension on the thread.

In case there is gunk build-up in the tension disk, you can moisten a piece of perl cotton thread with rubbing alcohol, loosen the tension disk all the way, Raise the presser foot and then, gently, pull the perl cotton Down through the tension disk a couple of times. (Always pull Down, Never Up!)

If you continue to have problems, you may need to take it for service.

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could be the cotton is too old ( cotton has an additive in it to stop it unraveling and this additive deteriorates with age and weakens the cotton--makes it rough and so it will not slide easily through the eye )
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It keeps braking the tread. I change needles and still break the tread.


Could be your tension is too tight. Try loosening the tension. Also, a different brand of thread may work better in your machine. Some machines just refuse to use certain brands of thread successfully. Also make sure the needle, thread, and fabric are compatible, ie is the thread too thick for the needle's eye?

Also, try rethreading your machine from the very beginning, BUT be sure to RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread. This allows the tension disks to release so the thread will seat properly. Consult your owner's manual to make sure you are threading everything in the proper order. There could also be gunk or lint stuck in the tension disks. You can dampen a piece of pearl cotton in rubbing alcohol, loosen the upper tension disk all the way, and then gently pull the pearl cotton down through the tension disk to remove whatever may not belong.

The tension should be correct when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric. That being said, when you change fabric, you will probably need to readjust the tension for that project. Get comfortable adjusting the upper tension--it is part of successful sewing.

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1. the needle thread is not threaded properly
2. The needle thread tension is to tight
3. The needle is bent or blunt
4. The needle is incorrectly inserted
5. The needle thread & the bobbin thread are not set under the presser foot when starting to sew
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Necchi 535FA--the tension seems to be off. The thread keeps breaking or pulling out of the needle. When i sew on cotton it was working then when I switched to a stretchy faux crushed velvet the tread...


Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs


Thank you and good luck.

Jun 06, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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I'm in trouble deep-I was trying to fix an old


Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs


Thank you and good luck.

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Thread jammimg on the underside when sewing


This is usually caused by the machine being out of sync. The first thing I would try is a brand new needle. Even a slightly bent needle can cause this problem. Make sure the needle is in correctly and tight. Next make sure you treaded the machine correctly, making sure that thread goes into the top tension properly. The top tension should be calibrated to be in the middle. I would slowly turn the handle making sure the stitch looks proper. From there try tightening or loosening the tension until the loops on the underside start to get smaller until they look tight but not too tight or you'll start breaking the top thread.
I would use a standard 14 needle with some standard medium weight cotton to calibrate the unit.
Hope this helps. Let me know your results

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