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Machine Quilting - Thread keeps breaking

Old 10-19-2020, 02:02 AM
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Hi All!

I've recently just started quilting and I'm at the point now where I'm quilting my first quilt! (which I'm so excited about). I've basted my quilt, and just started quilting but a couple of times now when I've gone through the thicker parts of the quilt (where there's more fabric) the needle jars a little and the thread ends up snapping. Is this because I don't have the correct size needle or the correct thread?

Any help or insights would be much appreciated!!

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Old 10-19-2020, 06:36 AM
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Is your bobbin in correctly My mid-arm machine only works well if I have the bobbin thread going the right way.
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Old 10-19-2020, 07:36 AM
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Try a bigger needle and sewing slowly over those thicker parts.
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:02 AM
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I would change the needle to a 90/14 and go slowly over those thicker places. If you are still having the problem go to a stronger thread. I was a convert to Glide thread for both my 1500se and my Domestic Machine. Great strong quilting thread.
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:11 AM
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Hello and Welcome!

As your name says, quilting is an adventure for sure! Try a topstitch 90/14 needle. Be sure the bobbin is wound correctly.

You want to raise the quilt on the left side so it is flat with the machine bed. When it drops down the side, it can cause drag on the quilt.

What pattern are you quilting? Some machines have issues if you stitch left to right Or right to left. It doesn't like the shift in the movement. By your post that may be the issue.

What thread and type? A large spool needs to be on a stand. It does matter how the thread is wound on the spool and how it positioned on the machine.

Hope that may help solve the issues. Again Welcome!
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:12 PM
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I use size 16 needle to do FMQ.
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:22 PM
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It might help a bit if you told us if you are using a long arm or a domestic, what thread in the top and in the bobbin and the size needle. Our suggestions could be a bit more helpful than. On my domestic, I can use a good quality cotton thread like mettler or Aurifil but on my long arm, I like using a poly thread like Superiors 40 weight OMNI or Superiors 50 weight SoFine .
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:24 PM
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poly thread (like SoFine), #14 Topstitch needle, go slower through thick areas. Have fun!
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Old 10-20-2020, 04:12 AM
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Welcome to the QB...You’ve been given great suggestions. I am a fan of Glide and Isacord for FMQ. Good luck.
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Old 10-21-2020, 01:07 AM
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Hi All,

Thanks for your all your feedback! - it's much appreciated. I'm going to give your suggestions a go (change needle, give a different thread a go and check the bobbin) and I'll let you know how I go!
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