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Thread: Machine Emb...Brother Machine

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    Super Member ScubaK's Avatar
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    Ok everyone...
    I have a Brother PC-8500D....
    I am so frustrated at it I could throw it out the window.
    I tried to emb. a design today and the thread kept breaking...and it makes this annoying beep! beep!
    I downloaded a design that would work for my large hoop but PED Basic has the hoop listed, but when I put the design on the card, the machine does another beep beep!!!
    On the design I tried sewing out today, It was 100% cotton fabric, med wt. stabilizer and a 90/14 needle...
    The thread broke when it was doing fill in stiches...I was using Brother 60wt bobbin thread and 40wt Sulky thread...
    I am trying another project right now and it was going along well till I got to the fill in stiches...
    Any advice? Is there a Machine Emb forum I could check out? Or do I get a new machine (HEHE!)
    Kirsten

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    Just changed to a 75/11 needle...
    Doing a design on a kitchen towel (for experimenting) with tear away med. and topped with light wash away...
    After the first break, I changed the needle...seems to be going ok...
    Now what about the hoop thingy??
    Kirsten

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    Boy, I wish I had something encouraging to say. My mom has a Brother embroidery machine and the sulky thread does break on me when I'm using it. But, she always says it's the thread.

    I don't have a lot of experience with embroidery machines and needles and so on.

    In the good ole days, Brother had their own embroidery thread line and that thread never broke.

    But, they don't make it anymore and the sulky thread does break.

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    I had the same problem when doing an embroidery design and I happened to mention it when I stopped by the dealer where I bought my machine and one of the women suggested using a Metallic needle(for metallic threads) because it has a bigger eye and it is coated in the eye with teflon so the thread glides easier especially with dense designs and I haven't had a problem since.but if you continue to have problems contact a dealer and ask

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    Thanks everyone...
    I had to walk away for a bit...from that machine...
    Like I said...I have a large hoop...6"x 12"?
    thought i could get a long border to go into it...no dice...
    as far as the needle, well it worked on this light project...I think I will try one tomorrow that is comparable to density I tried today
    Thanks to everyone
    Kirsten

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    Try cleaning your bobbon and under carage area, also try a net on your spool, or use a seperate stand to give your thread space to lossen up. A great wewb site is www. ArtisticThreadWorks.com. Larry has a great q&a space I had the same problem and it was just a wisp of lint in the bobbon area, good luck. Quiltnurse

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    Make sure to use the same exact thread on the top AND in the bobbin. I bought extra bobbins on eBay pretty reasonable. I change it each time I change the top.
    Do a search with my name (ButtercreamCakeArtist) and "brother"....I've had trouble.

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    Hi there I hve a Brother Innovis 1200 and its a new machine. Had probs as well with breaking the thread. Try decreasing the tension. Also the suggestion about using a needle for metallic thread is good. I did that when a friend told me to change the needle and have not had a problem since.

    As far as the hoop is concerned. Have you got it with the batting and backing fabric. Now if you have, I find that is a problem. Think I am going to just do the embroidery before I put the backing and batting in. I canīt get any of the quilting designs to work in the hoop. A friend of mine has a Janome and she can embroider with the whole lot no problem.

    Good luck Elle

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    I have been embroidering for just over a year now and have only broken 2 needles.

    Try putting your thread on the horozonal spindal with the thread coming towards you. I have had great success that way.

    Also, make sure you hoop taughtly. If your hoops have adhesive spray on them, that can cause you to not get a good hooping, it will slip on you.

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    Great replies everyone...
    Thanks.
    K

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    I have a Brother embroidery machine also. I had the same problem with the machine just beeping when I inserted my card. I asked the rep at the store where I bought my machine. She said even if you are using a large hoop, the design can still be too big. She helped me resize the design (never got the hang of digitizing) and it worked fine after that. Hope this helps.

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    As far as the PED software - even though it may have the larger hoop size listed in the software - and you can put the design on the memory card - if the machine only takes up to a 5x7 design then it will beep at you if you have a larger hoop size design on the card and it will not read the card. I have the Innovis 1000 and learned the hard way on that. Also, try reducing the tension for the thread breaks.

    Is your design more than 12000 stitches? Also try using 2 layers of stabilizer. Put the first in the hoop as normal. Attach the hoop, then 'float' the second under the hoop. Sometimes the density of the design adds to the stress.


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    someone also suggested to me that I put the thread in a bowl instead of on the spindle and that, and the metalic needle worked really well
    Quote Originally Posted by azdesertrat
    I had the same problem when doing an embroidery design and I happened to mention it when I stopped by the dealer where I bought my machine and one of the women suggested using a Metallic needle(for metallic threads) because it has a bigger eye and it is coated in the eye with teflon so the thread glides easier especially with dense designs and I haven't had a problem since.but if you continue to have problems contact a dealer and ask

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    I have Brother Innovis 4000 and she does NOT like Sulky thread. I have learned that Brother machines do not like a thread spooling off horizontally. I have a thread stand that is taller than my machine and the thead goes up and then back down to the machine. It gives enough room for the "twistys" to be worked out before the thread goes thought the pressure plates.
    Wini - House of BCC in Houston

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    I had a Brother 8500D, I now have the Innovis 4000D. I've had really good luck with both.

    Did you register your machine when you got it? Did you call Brother customer service? They are really helpful. You can register a machine even if you purchased it used.

    I think a 75/11 needle may work better. I found the 90/14 didn't work as well, the 80/12 is good but I seem to have the best results with the 75/11. I went to a seminar done by an incredible professional embroiderer and she said to use only only 40 wt. thread in both the top and the bottom so took her advice and rarely have a problem. I found my Brother machines did not like Madiera thread and the rayon sometimes shreds but maybe with a tension adjustment, that problem could be solved. I use Isacord but I've used Coats and Clark, cotton thread, serger thread, and metallics with no problem.

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