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    after 3 years of free motion quilting my world has turned topsy turvy!!
    I am finishing a baby quilt and was going to free motion the corners around an appliqued area. I can only go 10 stitches without the thread shredding and breaking. I am using a polyester batting for a puffier look. I usually use warm and natural. I have completed all the stitching in the ditch area with no problems but NOW!!
    Here are some of the things I tried to fix problem
    cleaned machine, changed thread , changed needle, changed tension and foot pressure.
    My machine is a husquavarna lily 545
    Help---- if anybody has any further suggestions it sure would be a blessing
    MY KINGDOM FOR A SUCCESSFUL FINISHED QUILT!!!!!

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    That happened to me and the only thing I could figure out was that the thread was bad, so I changed spools and no more problem. :) The spool was about 1/2 used. No explanation, only results, so who knows. :?:

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    I just noticed you said you already tried changing thread.

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    ty I will try that--anything is worth trying! I noticed I posted this in recipes maybe thats where my reall problem comes from sewing with the Stove?

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    I'm sure it's been a long weekend for you, so that's ok. I didn't notice it was recipes when I clicked on your message, either.

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    Do you have your feed dogs down? I have the 540 & sometimes I put the thread in a mug and sit it at the back of the machine & it helps. (unless of course if you have one of those thread/cone holders you can just use it.)

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    thank u will also try that

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    I just read a hint on a quilting website that said if the thread is breaking, to turn the spool around so that the thread is coming off the spool in the opposite direction. One way it comes off smoother and more straight than the other.

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    i had this same problem with a particular type of thread that my machine obviously does not like. It seemed that I was too newbie to know that some thread comes off the spool when it is horizontal and some comes off vertically. I solved the problem with a vertical spool holder.

    If that doesn't work, I think I would take my machine, quilt and thread and go to your dealer and let them see it happen to correct the problem.

    Good luck...this problem is soooooo frustrating.

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    I'm not at all mechanical (or experiences enough to comment on thread types or needle sizes, etc. )so I'm just sending a big hug and sympathy plus hope that your problem will be resolved soon....
    ~Joan

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    I just want to say thank-you to everyone that responded to my problem. I know there are many other majors issues in life, so i really appreciate all the input and am grateful for all the suggestions. What a wonderful resource this site is!!

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    no I haven't. tried denim needles and top stictching needles. So far nothing has worked. Am taking machine in tomorrow for overhaul and cleaning. I am really afraid it is going to come down to the batting. This is the first time I used something other than warm and natural. Am considering taking it to a long arm quilter to finish as I am under deadline to give as shower gift. maybe a more powerful machine is the answer, I really do appreciate all the nice people and helpful suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vandeaner
    after 3 years of free motion quilting my world has turned topsy turvy!!
    I am finishing a baby quilt and was going to free motion the corners around an appliqued area. I can only go 10 stitches without the thread shredding and breaking. I am using a polyester batting for a puffier look. I usually use warm and natural. I have completed all the stitching in the ditch area with no problems but NOW!!
    Here are some of the things I tried to fix problem
    cleaned machine, changed thread , changed needle, changed tension and foot pressure.
    My machine is a husquavarna lily 545
    Help---- if anybody has any further suggestions it sure would be a blessing
    MY KINGDOM FOR A SUCCESSFUL FINISHED QUILT!!!!!
    Hi there
    I went to a sewing machine maintenance class last night and learned alot of interesting things... here is one thought that could be causing your problem. The eye in your needle is not big enough. To test this cut a piece of your thread you will be using. Using the needle you plan to use thread the needle with the cut piece of thread (your needle at this point is not in the sewing machine, but in your hand). hold the thread with one hand on one end of the thread, and the other hand holding the other side of the thread. Have your needle slide move up and down on the thread. If the needle is having trouble sliding, it means that the thread might be too thick or have nobs on it to move properly through the needle, this means you will need a bigger eye in the needle.

    I also learned to use a free standing thread holder along the side of your machine so that the thread comes off the spool smoother and easier. Thread likes to be in a fertical position rather than a horizontal position.

    Hope this helps!! Good Luck!

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    Aggie, great tip! Any other tidbits you can share with us?

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    ty so much I tried the needle trick even used a denim needle with a large hole tried the vertical position. Still leaning towards the batting (polyester) cutting the thread

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    some machines are just picky and may be rather snobbish over what type of batting they prefer :) how about tension? have you tried that?

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    I was having the same problem when I first starting quilting, and a good experienced quilting buddy advised me to use an embroidery needle (red) as they have larger eyes, and a groove which doesn't create as much friction on the thread, and its been great ever since. Hope this helps

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    I had this same problem once. At the end of all frustrating and unsucessfull 'fixes', I found my problem The thread I had purchased and used sucessfully for half the quilt looked like it was would onto the spool way too tightly during the first half of the manufacturing process. I checked this out by putting on my bobbin winder and watched the spool only while winding the bobbin. Sure enough, the spool would jerk and halt while the thread was coming off it, like it was stuck between the other threads on the spool. I actually can't even use this spool for regular sewing, due to the jerkiness of the thread coming off the spool. Although it cost over $5/spool and I had two of them, I finally decided to toss them. But, cheap as I am, I marked the labels with felt pen and just use those spools now for hand sewing.

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