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Thread: Memory Craft 6600P

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    Junior Member jessiesmom's Avatar
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    Memory Craft 6600P

    Does anyone own one. I am having an awful time with thread breaking. I started a baby blanket last year and then my son passed away in November. I had not been in the mood to sew and my husband bought me this machine.
    I have a ton of thread from connecting thread and it worked fine on my other machine, but I am tryin to finish this quilt as the baby is now 5 months old, but my thread keeps breaking. I only have the border to quilt, and I am free motion meandering.

    Any advice would be very appreciated, as to type of thread, weight and needle size that works well on this machine.
    I did not have a problem straight stitching.

    Thanks for any help.

    Mary

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    Super Member Raggiemom's Avatar
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    Try rethreading the machine and a new needle. My 6600 is very picky about what thread I use. I use Aurifil mostly and Guterman once in a while. I hope that helps.
    Heather

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    connecting threads works like a charm in my 6600P.

    in addition to rethreading your machine as already suggested ...
    make sure you have the feed dogs down.
    make sure the bobbin area is clean.
    check your tension.
    ensure you are using the correct size needle. (for quilting i usually need a 14 or a 16.)
    make sure the bobbin thread is going in the right direction. (i don't want to admit how many times i've put one in backward. LOL)

    if you can fit one into your budget, the special bobbin case for free-motion quilting is worth every penny. it isn't critical to a successful project but it does make things much easier.
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    I have not done any fmq with mine but it doesn't mind any thread I use and I use a lot of Connecting Threads thread. good luck, also you may need to adjust your tension, and be sure the thread is actually between the discs not just stuck in a groove.

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    Thanks all, sad to say I have tried all those things. I did change my needle to 11/75 due to someones suggestion.
    I cleaned several times, changed needles, changed tension several times. tried different threads and now I am totally confused. It seems when I do straight sewing it cooperates, but when I want to change to fmq I cant seem to get it right.

    If you will tell me when you fmq what is your tension, what size needle, what weight and type thread?
    Every time there was a sale of essential thread, I bought several, I think I have every color.

    Mary

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    where do you get this special bobbin case?

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    I use my 6600 to fmq all the time. My tension is usually set at 4. I use essential thread all the time. I had a breaking issue on one quilt and for the life of me can't think of what I did to fix it. I remember doing most of the things Patrice suggested. I believe I got my bobbin case at Allbrands. Sorry I am not much help, but I sure understand your frustration.
    Happy Quilting.

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    I don't have the special bobbin case, but when I fmq, my upper tension is set at around 7 and tension for the foot is at around 1-2. I never have any trouble with CT cotton threads for fmq, but cannot use poly thread in the top because it shreds. It doesn't seem to mind what needle I use, or what thread is in the bobbin.

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    I had a problem with thread breaking on my 6600 when I did meandering. Figured out I was moving the quilt way to fast and once I slowed down my problem was solved. My 6600 takes every thread I've thrown at it so far. Hope you get your problem solved, they are great for FMQ.
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    Neither me or my 6600 like Connecting Threads thread ... I find it way too messy, heavy (compared to other 50wt threads), and lacking in luster. My machine likes to either break it, or shred the ply's apart.

    That said ... lots of people DO NOT have a problem with the thread.

    I suspect you might be moving the fabric too fast for the machine speed.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

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