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Thread: FMQ Thread Shredding

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    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
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    I do not do FMQ. I've done it badly in the borders of one quilt, but I've been practicing. I thought I was getting better.

    I've decided to try it in areas on my Farm Block quilt. I go along just fine for a few inches then it quits catching the bottom thread and finally the top thread shreds and breaks.

    I have changed the needle and rethreaded both the top and the bottom. Any suggestions?

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    I wonder if needle might have a burr in the eye? Or there may be something wonky with the bobbin?

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    Keep going to a bigger size needle. That's the only thing that stops the shredding of thread for me. One day the darn machine may want a size 100 needle and the next it may want a size 80. It's a dozen combinations that have to be pefect in order for the FMQ to be a breeze and finding that combination is the trick. Always write down the thread used, the needle used, the batting used and the fabric brand used. They all make a difference.

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    yes and cotton is best on top. and larger eye needle.

    yesterday i was doing some zig zag stitches and happened to want white and got out an old poly on poly thread. shredded like mad! i changed the top to Essential cotton and it worked fine after. didn't have to change my needle.

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    Please make sure that your FMQ/darning/whatever foot just touches the top of your quilt - not so much it impedes your free movement, but just above that. This has really solved a lot of thread shredding/breakage issues for me. Also moving to a larger needle, balancing thread weights top and bottom, and proper tensions.

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    I've changed thread. I was using cheap polyester. Now I'm using cotton. I've changed needles. It's still shredding.

    What size needles do you all generally use???

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    Hmmm. It depends on the weight of the thread. What weight and brand are you using?

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    Try a denim needle. or a top stitching one. That is what I use.

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    I have all sizes of needles. I keep changing the size until I get one that works. If none of them work then it's something else wrong other then thread and needle.

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    I think I'll go get top stitching or denim needles in the morning. Right now, I have to be on break so I don't bang my head on the table.

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