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Caroline1947 Send a Message
Hi Friends,I hope someone can help me. I am trying to quilt a crib quilt.The thread keeps shredding andd then breaks.It does it with all my thread.Here's what I have tried. New needles,adjust tension,make sure everything is correctly threaded,check for burrs anywhere.Feed dogs are lowered. As you know I have quilted a lot of things over the past years and never ran into this problem.I'm doing nothing different than I always did.Can someone help???? I'm at wits end.
( This is on a reg. machine,not long arm).

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4/1/2017 12:42:28 PM
purrfect-lady Send a Message
Gig Harbor, WA
Caroline, I'm not sure I can help you as you've checked about everything I would, but do it all again. Put in a new needle (right size for quilting?), keep working on your tension (don't forget, bobbins have tension, too!), make sure machine is clean & oiled, make sure your thread isn't too old (old thread can shred and break), and machine is threaded correctly. And you might try different weight threads. Also, are you using a hopping foot? And also try a different bobbin. Occasionally bobbins can get out of round and cause problems. I hope something works for you! If not, maybe it's time for a 'spa treatment' for your machine. Or maybe you could simply take it to your dealer and they can help you determine the problem.

Good luck!
mary z
4/2/2017 3:15:29 PM
Thanks,I have tried all that and yes,I use a quilting foot.This machine is a domestic quilting machine.I have quilted 100s of things on it.I have never had a problem with needle or thread size,it always worked very well. I am dumbfounded. i don't have a dealer and can't afford it if I did,since hubby died I am in a real pickle.Have to save every cent for moving when a n apartment is available.I can't think of any more tricks,but will try to find a quilting needle and new tfread,although never had to use any special needles before.
4/2/2017 4:44:51 PM
auntjana Send a Message
Herriman, Utah
You might try a needle made for embroidery thread, the eye is bigger and allows the thread to move thru more freely.
4/2/2017 6:04:45 PM
Becca Send a Message
Mtns of NC
Caroline Seems all the bases have been covered.These machines can be tricky at times.Sure hope you can get it worked out. Becca
4/3/2017 5:25:41 AM
zfatcat Send a Message
Like Jana said, use a needle with a larger eye. It gives the thread more room and less friction. Lori
4/5/2017 10:02:45 PM
Jeani2u4ever Send a Message
I have had the same problem at times but it's not the machine, it's the thread. If you are using a variegated thread pay attention to the colours. If the breakage is at the same section this could be an issue. I believe there are some colours that the dye used weakens the thread fibers. The darker ones have caused the problems for me. Also, some of the thread I used to use broke at about the same length, which would be the connection/continuation of the thread length area.

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2/11/2018 7:05:51 AM
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