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I use a topstitch needle for all sewing and quilting. I rarely have a thread problem as long as I use the right size needle for the thread weight. Also be sure the spool of thread is wound to be used vertically or horizontal. Most are for vertical. Manufacturers went to horizontal spool pins because it's cheaper, not better.
I have been sewing for decades and I still have a little chart to check when I have thread problems. I printed out the little stick man chart from Superior Thread and keep it by my machine. I also made myself a little cardboard chart that says ....to reduce upper thread tension dial the number smaller...to increase upper thread tension dial the number bigger. Below that I printed for bobbin adjustments turn the tiny screw ....tighty-righty or lefty-loosey I keep it in the drawer of my accessories box that came with my Bernina.