20 Most Recent Elna Xplore 8600 Computerized Sewing Machine Questions & Answers

Reload the design you are trying to sew. Needle breaks can trigger circuit protection and affect the design being sewn from being saved in machine's memory properly..
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Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on Jul 27, 2016

sounds like it,, if it keeps happening I would have it checked

Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on May 05, 2016

power the machine down and unplug and let set for 30 mins then try again, if that doesn't work then will have to be repaired

Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on Dec 05, 2015

that was the format I just read on another question .

Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on Mar 10, 2015

The top thread breaks
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
6. the threads were not drawn to the rear after sewing
7. The thread is either to heavy or to fine for the needle
8. Try a different spool or cone of thread

Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on Dec 04, 2014

The 8600 has it's own built in on screen manual.

Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on Nov 14, 2014

Needs to be a ball point needle for stretch fabric, sounds like you are using universal sharp needle. Stretch fabrics require ball point to push between the fibres, also, a slight zig zag stitch is more durable as when you stretch the garment during wear a straight stitch will often break, need some elasticity in the seams. Some machines have a stretch stitch too.

Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on May 29, 2014

According to this brochure, the machine uses a PC card. http://www.brubakerssewing.com/uploads/files/8600.pdf

You would need to purchase a reader/writer unit with a rewritable memory card in the format of the embroidery machine.

Allbrands.com has the best prices - with any merchant check before purchasing as software usually cannot be returned.

Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on Jul 28, 2013

the machine needs to be checked to see what's wrong with it

Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on Apr 11, 2012

You need to keep tension on the thread spool as you wind the bobbin to avoid this from happening. Also, is there a little tension device to take the thread around between the spool and the bobbin winder? Some machines have a little silver button tensioner purely for bobbin winding to keep the thread flowing smoothly.

But I always do the following anyway just to ensure a smooth bobbin. Take the thread from your spool, through the eyelet or tensioner, then back to the bobbin and put the tail end up through a hole in the top of the bobbin. Now put the bobbin onto the winder and click it against the stop. Place the curved handle of a pair of scissors onto the top of the thread spool and apply some gentle pressure to stop the spool from bouncing and jumping while winding off. Keep doing this through the winding process.

Start the bobbin winding mechanisim, its a button on my Janome 6500, yours might be a little different. HOLD the thread tail until you've got coverage over the whole bobbin area catching the starting point. Stop, trim the thread tail off top of the bobbin with scissors, then restart winding again. Watch as the thread winds and give it a nudge with your finger tip to the top or bottom so the bobbin winds evenly across the whole spool's width.

Best analogy here is when you wind the garden hose onto the reel, if it goes on all over the place you never get the whole length on neatly, but if you wind it on neatly in an even tight coil across the spool, then back again, then repeat, you get a tidy hose. But just wind madly, it all builds up in the middle, you can't get it all onto the reel, and it won't pull out nicely next time you need it. Same thing with your SM thread.

Polyester and silky embroidery threads will be worse too as they are silky, so if the thread hasn't been wound on smoothly and under tension, then it will "collapse" with gravity, then when you use the bobbin, the thread is going to be caught on itself, will feed unevenly and be stretched, then loose, giving you less than perfect stitch tension.

My other bobbin tip is store the bobbins in a plastic bobbin tray so they are lying on their edges and under a cover. Keeps them neater and they are less likely to unwind stray threads around your sewing cabinet if you store them on the spool pins build onto the cabinet door - and it keeps the thread dust free. But I do not keep thread on bobbins for long, prefer to wind a fresh one off a new spool when I start a project and can usually complete a garment with a 3/4 filled bobbin, use the remaining few metres for handsewing, then junk the rest. Then I put the thread spool that is left back into a sealed takeway container to keep it away from UV, dust and moisture.

I hope this assists you with your machine and certainly if this doesn't resolve the bobbin issues, then I'd suggest you visit your dealer and ask them to demonstrate the technique on your machine to see if there is a technical issue with it.

Elna Xplore 8600... | Answered on Apr 11, 2011

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