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Thread: Help Thread breakage

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    Hello I'm new to the board and I'm not sure if I'm putting this
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    I have a Viking/Designer II and I'm have trouble with thread breakage when I machine quilting. I seem not to have any problem with straight stitch or fancy stitching.
    I"m new to machine quilting and wanting badly to learn.
    What is it that I'm doing wrong.

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    I have a Designer II as well. I had problems with this when I first got my machine. I was threading my spools incorrectly. Check your manual for the two different ways to thread the machine for the different ways thread is wound onto the spool. This may help. Your thread shouldn't get snagged up and break then. Good luck.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

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    Thank You I will give it a try. It just seem strange that I only have problems when I'm quilting my quilts.

    Thank You
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    Thank You. I'm enjoying the board very much. So much to look at.

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    I find that my machine (a Janome) needs quite a bit of tension tweaking when free motion quilting. Experiment with a practice "sandwich" to see if that helps.

    The other thing I have found is a topstitch needle definitely helps with FMQ- it has a larger eye and allows the thread to go through more easily.

    Good luck!

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    It kind of makes sense that FMQ might give you troubles because you are controlling the speed by which the quilt moves. If you are moving it too fast - or a little herky-jerky, it can yank the thread. However, I would also suggest to check needle, threading, bobbin, and tension. Have you tried different thread? Some machines are picky.

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    I had taken Dawnmarie's suggestion about how my machine was threaded. (Hey Dawnmarie I learned something new about the threading of my machine "Thanks) Sad to say that it didn't help with thread breakage. I'm using a Schmetz quilting needles 90/14. I have changed thread, tension, bobbins and needles. I'm going to give it some more time. I don't want to give up yet.
    Thanks All for your suggestions.

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    Have you considered that you may have old thread or that the thread isn't high quality and your machine needs that for the job?

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    Hello Candace

    Yes I did think about that. I purchased new silky and coats & Clark. I just have to keep thinking postive and not give up.
    If I can figure this out, I'm going to be one happy lady.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peppermint
    Hello Candace

    Yes I did think about that. I purchased new silky and coats & Clark. I just have to keep thinking postive and not give up.
    If I can figure this out, I'm going to be one happy lady.
    Well, Coats and Clark is not a good thread IMHO. So, that may be your problem. Some machines are more picky about quality thread than others.

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    What thread would be better. I always heard that cotton thread is for quilters. I'm always willing to learn.

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    Did you check your sewing advisor? On my Designer I there is a specific stitch for machine quilting even though it's 'free motion'. It's been too long since I looked at the D-II and I can't recall the settings on that machine. Do you having the quilting stitch card?

    Peggy

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    Quote Originally Posted by peppermint
    What thread would be better. I always heard that cotton thread is for quilters. I'm always willing to learn.
    I know that most quilters use cotton thread, and I know it is ideal for hand quilting. But, I use Gutterman polyester sew all and have never had a problem. I have had a few problems with coates and clark in my Bernina depending on what I was doing. It does seem odd that it does fine when regular stitching but breaks for quilting. If you mean FMQ'ing, then as has been suggested, it may be the way you are moving your material, too fast, too slow, or changing direction rapidly....I am no expert by any means, but hope you can find the problem.

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    Yes, cotton thread is good but try a different brand and see if that helps your problem. There are MANY, better quality threads on the market. Madeira, Mettler, Aurifil, YLI, Superior just to name a few... Gutterman cotton thread may be o.k. for you.

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    I have been able to quilt with out my thread breaking.
    I again had taken my coat's and Cark off my top thread and put on a sulky. Still same bobbin threat (Coat @ Clark) I again changed my tension to 2.8.
    I also put a book by my pressure foot so that my heel is even with the rest of my foot. I just have been doing circles and a few hearts. There not very pretty but in a few short years I may be signing in as the Quilting Queen writing book staring in quilting movies. Ok ok I can dream can't I :lol:

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    Great! Now there will be no stopping you!
    Hmmm.....starring in quilting movies :?: Put me on the list to watch! 8-) Sounds very interesting!

    Honestly though, isn't it a great feeling when it begins to flow correctly?

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    Somebody should think about turning Jennifer Chiaverini's books into movies. I can see them being on Lifetime. :)

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