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Cotton snapping When using the machine the top thread breaks as i am sewing. It works for a minute or so and then snaps. Do i have my tension set to high?

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Not trying to be a "know it all" I swear , but have you tried either loosening up the tension just a pinch ? and or , (speaking from experiences w/ the same machine) a bigger needle or try "driving " a little slower , I am a sewing leadfoot and sometimes the combination of some or all of these results in a most not cool breaking/ curling snarling shredding of the thread ! hope this either helps or makes you laugh !

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