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Thread: Why does the thread keep breaking?

  1. #11
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    I've been fighting this problem since I got my machine, JanomeP DBX. I recently read that the DBX takes a rounded topped needle and not a flat topped one. And preferably sz 18. I'm anxious to see if this helps, the new needles just arrived. I've been so discouraged I've even offered it for sale, then decided "Just one more try."

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    Senior Member Cagey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Be sure to try a different thread. Some machines don't like certain threads.
    I never believed this could be true but my Babylock doesn't like Walmart but loves Joannes. That's OK. Gives me an excuse for a shopping trip.

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    I was just piecing a quilt the other day and my thread kept breaking. I changed my thread and it stopped being a problem. Maybe it's the thread.

  4. #14
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    Sometimes if your bobbin is filled TOO full it will break too. I found this out by trial and error.

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    Change needle, re-thread machine, re-wind spool, and if all else fails try another type/brand of thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roserips View Post
    I am trying out a Janome 1600p for quilting and can not figure out why the thread kept breaking. I was using Star thread and changed the needle size larger. Still kept breaking checked the threading, checked the needle, changed stitch speed, changed stitch length nothing worked. I really like the space I have with the machine and the lighting is good, I like the needle up down and thread cutter but why does it keep breaking the thread? Opinions appreciated. Anyone own this machine and what is your experience and advice?
    Check to see if there might "burr" on your bobbin case. Mine did that and the repair man found a tiny "burr".

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    Super Member roserips's Avatar
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    Well I will be trying a different thread but will be a few days before I can do it. Also will check for burrs on the hook, however it seems that the thread is fraying where it passes through the needle have also had some problems with skipped stitches. Otherwise the machine stitches wonderfully but I have got to figure out the thread issue.

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    Senior Member petthefabric's Avatar
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    The needle size for a 50 wt thread is 70, not 90.
    Anyone know the tex (measure of strength) for star thread? I think (don't quote me) it's not very strong.
    Needed to use a lower tex thread in my LA (due to color) and had to go very slow.

  9. #19
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    Smile Janome and thread

    I had been having real nightmares trying to FMQ on my Janome 6300. Bobbin washers really help. They seem to work well to prevent the bobbin backlash thing that makes thread break. A really experienced quilting friend suggested them to me when I was pulling out my hair over trying to FMQ a heavier flannel quilt. Bobbin washers and tension tweaking - do change your bobbin tension to a lighter setting and then work with your top and bottom tensions until your machine likes your thread. This doesn't always work out but reading here and on the forums at PR in the quilting section really helped me see that tweaking the tensions for different machines and threads is really something you have to do. I use a #14 Superior Topstitch needle always, and would go up to a 16 or even 18 is using heavier threads on flannel or something like that. I love Superior threads, but so far my machine prefers Maxi-Lock and also likes Superior Magnifico and So Fine. I am working on getting it to like the Masterpiece and King Tut - so we'll see.
    Last edited by Eyelets; 05-16-2013 at 02:49 PM. Reason: forgot to mention the machine I was using....

  10. #20
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    I have the 1600P on a handiquilter frame. Mine is very picky about threads. In fact the only thing I have had luck with is Mettlers thread , a topstitch needle, set just shy of 3 on tension with bottom line in the bobbin. Skipped stitches are typically caused by your encoders. Be sure that your track is free and clean of lint and dust. Good luck and just keep playing. I found it easiest to make a journal of what worked and what didn't.

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