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    Junior Member lheizen's Avatar
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    Help thread keeps breaking

    I have a brother 1500s and I have cleaned it changed needles
    and the thread keeps breaking it's so frustrating
    my tension is set at # 2 oh and I a stippling
    TIA Lisa
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    Have you tried a different spool of thread?

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    I had the same problem when I tried to use cotton thread. I changed to Essential Pro polyester thread from Connecting Threads and it helped but still broke eventually. I have now since changed to Isacord that was suggested by Leah Day in one of her UTube videos and it has been wonderful--haven't had a break yet. I also changed to a larger needle.
    Bernie

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    Have you lowered the feed dogs to FMQ? I had it happen a couple times, but after cleaning the bobbin case really well and re-threading the machine, I had no more problems. Oh, I also changed the needle, so I really don't know what caused it, but one of those obviously did. Are you using a good-quality thread that is not too old? Old thread can weaken I am told. Good luck!

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    A couple things could cause the thread to break. I'd first check if the tension was too tight.
    OR Is the needle too small or does it have a bur. I'd change needles again. And how old is the thread? It can rot and break too.
    Very frustrating. Good luck

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    In tension issues you will have to find by trial and error what works best to FMQ on your machine and on the quilt sandwich you are doing. On my machine I return to the factory suggested tension for regular sewing and then start changing the tension a bit at a time. Make sure if you have a thread spool with the little cut in it for the thread end, that it is not catching. Inspect the thread's path and make sure it is clean and clear. Make sure you have the zig zag sole plate on your machine so that the push/pull of the needle doesn't make it hit the sole plate and clip the thread. Make sure your needle hasn't slipped down in the holder a smidge.

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    What thread are you using? What size and type of needle are you using? What fabrics and batting are you using? Are you going too slow or too fast? There are a lot of factors involved.

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    Is the thread making a clean break or is it all frayed at the broken end ? My thread was breaking but I noticed it was always frayed where it was breaking - tried a larger needle (topstitch 90/14) and no more problems.

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    "I had the same problem when I tried to use cotton thread. I changed to Essential Pro polyester thread from Connecting Threads and it helped but still broke eventually. I have now since changed to Isacord that was suggested by Leah Day in one of her UTube videos and it has been wonderful--haven't had a break yet. I also changed to a larger needle."


    Virtualbernie, are you saying you use Isacord Polyester Embroidery Thread for piecing and quilting? Sorry if thats a dumb question but Im also looking for thread that is more durable and has less breakage. The only Isacord Im finding online is embroidery.

    Thanks for any info.

    KK
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    I have been having problems with my brother machine also (thread breaking). Since before Christmas it has been in and out of the repair shop (the machine is a little over 1 year). One time I was told that the housing for the bobbin was bent. It was replaced. Since that it worked a couple of hours then threads breaking again!

    Brought it back and forth 3 more times. During one of those times 2 circuit boards were replaced! Each time I was told it worked in the shop but when I get it home it doesn't work. Finally I brought it to another place to get repaired. I am now told it is some plastic part that is cracked. The part is being ordered and then I will see????
    Karen from Louisiana

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    Try a 90/14 Topstitch needle. Hope that helps!

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    Have a look on Leah Day's blog, you will see it there, I think she also sells it. Isacord isn't readily available here in Australia so I use a similar good quality thread and find it excellent for quilting.

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    when all else fails-try different thread- sometimes it is the thread- you didn't mention what thread you are trying to use-
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    If you go too fast the thread breaks all the time--ask me how I know. Once I learned to slow down the problem disappeared.
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    I had terrible problems with thread breaking, tried everything I could think of and every piece of advice I found here. In the end I also found Leah Day's blog and her recommendation of using Isacord thread, I LOVE IT. Haven't had a single breakage since and no lint build up, makes FMQ so much more fun.
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    I have this machine and when the thread breaks when FMQ it is usually the wrong size needle for the thread. I switched to topstitch needles for all my sewing and most of my thread problem have gone away. I use Organ topstitch needles. I use all brands of thread. Superior threads has a sample pack of each size so you have all you need to try. Here is the chart I use for all my sewing:


    1. Topstitch #70/10 for very fine thread
    2. Topstitch #80/12 for fine threads (50 wt.)
    3. Topstitch #90/14 for medium threads (40 wt.)
    4. Topstitch #100/16 for heavier threads (30 wt. and heavier)

    Here is the link to great thread/needle info: http://www.superiorthreads.com/education/
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    thank you so much for all your help
    the thread is sulky I was using a top stitch needle
    cotton. I thought you were only supposed to use
    cotton on your quilts??
    It could be like my embroidery machine that only likes a certain brand of
    thread and I just haven't found it yet lol
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    This may sound just to easy to fix - but is the needle inserted correctly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraftykimberly View Post
    Virtualbernie, are you saying you use Isacord Polyester Embroidery Thread for piecing and quilting? Sorry if thats a dumb question but Im also looking for thread that is more durable and has less breakage. The only Isacord Im finding online is embroidery.

    Thanks for any info.

    KK
    I can't speak for virtual beanie but I do use Isacord Polyester Embroidery thread for quilting on my Innova Longarm and it is wonderful thread for quilting. I am sure it would work equally well for quilting on a DSM. I would not recommend using it for piecing. It is a 40wt thread so too heavy for piecing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraftykimberly View Post
    "I had the same problem when I tried to use cotton thread. I changed to Essential Pro polyester thread from Connecting Threads and it helped but still broke eventually. I have now since changed to Isacord that was suggested by Leah Day in one of her UTube videos and it has been wonderful--haven't had a break yet. I also changed to a larger needle."



    Virtualbernie, are you saying you use Isacord Polyester Embroidery Thread for piecing and quilting? Sorry if thats a dumb question but Im also looking for thread that is more durable and has less breakage. The only Isacord Im finding online is embroidery.

    Thanks for any info.

    KK
    Yes, that's the one that Leah Day recommends and it has worked for me.
    Bernie

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    I can't speak for virtual beanie but I do use Isacord Polyester Embroidery thread for quilting on my Innova Longarm and it is wonderful thread for quilting. I am sure it would work equally well for quilting on a DSM. I would not recommend using it for piecing. It is a 40wt thread so too heavy for piecing.
    I've been piecing with it and it's not too thick/heavy. I also use Aurifil but I haven't tried to fm with it and it is a 50 wt thread. If you find you are having problems with your 1/4" seams then switch but so far I haven't had a problem.
    Bernie

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    I've been piecing with it and it's not too thick/heavy. I also use Aurifil but I haven't tried to fm with it and it is a 50 wt thread. If you find you are having problems with your 1/4" seams then switch but so far I haven't had a problem.
    I need to explain this statement better I just started using Isacord and it IS wonderful for fmq. I normally use Aurifil for piecing but I forgot to change out the thread when I started a new project and haven't had a problem with my 1/4" seams. That being said, I do recommend a thinner 50 wt thread. Funny, I didn't even realize I was using the thicker thread until Feline Fanatic pointed it out
    Bernie

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    Good Luck and I know it can be frustrating when trying to FMQ and things are not working as they should. If you tried everything and still no good luck bring the machine in for service.
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    You can piece and quilt with any type thread. I'm the type that doesn't follow with 'you have to' when it comes to quilting.
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