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    A newbie needs help

    I am finishing the binding on my first quilt with invisible thread from my lqs; however, after sewing a couple of inches, the bobbin thread jams up and i have to stop to "free" the quilt from machine with a seam ripper! When i test the stiching on scraps, no problem. I am using a singer scholastic 5523. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    I think I've read on the board to use the invisible thread only in the top part and use regular thread in the bobbin. That's how I do it and I'm only using a basic Brother machine. Good luck and keep us posted!

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    Try testing with a small piece that is actually the binding rather than just fabric. You may see where you need to adjust the machine. Suggestion above is a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rphperry View Post
    I am finishing the binding on my first quilt with invisible thread from my lqs; however, after sewing a couple of inches, the bobbin thread jams up and i have to stop to "free" the quilt from machine with a seam ripper! When i test the stiching on scraps, no problem. I am using a singer scholastic 5523. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    Use regular thread. There's no real reason to sew binding on with invisible thread.

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    I hate using invisible thread so no help here. It would probably work fine with the newer threads and my new machine but I just can't make myself do it. I guess I have an invisible phobia! I will leave the advice to the experts.

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    Your machine might be throwing temper-tantrums over the bulk. Have you tried a new needle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I hate using invisible thread so no help here. It would probably work fine with the newer threads and my new machine but I just can't make myself do it. I guess I have an invisible phobia! I will leave the advice to the experts.
    me too! Never use it.

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    I have used invisible thread in the bobbin with success. You may have to adjust the tension as it is a bit fussy. Try rethreading the machine or rewinding the bobbin as invisible thread has a tendency to stretch when used.

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    I never use invisible thread...it is basically fine gauge fishing line and that stuff can cut thru metal...there are many wonderful thread out there that do not damage your machine...as a repairman...

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    It is too much trouble to thread a needle with invisible thread. I can't hold onto it and I don't like to feel it against my skin - too rough.

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    Do you have the spool of thread standing upright with the thread feeding over/through an uptake lever or hook? I used to put mine in a jar behind the machine and that sometimes helped. I do not use the monofilament in the bobbin. Not sure I would trust it for the binding.
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    I have had mine 9 months and same thing. I have tried to get help but all they say andimply is to badhow sad. 90 days no parts and since it took me 3 months of calling and emailing and talking to Miss Cahill of HSN they told me one year tought luck. I took it to repair and she said timing is out feet are out of line and several other things. I got the one with the table etc If you don't have a repair shop that can work on it you have to mail it or take to shop. And if it went out it will again. There is a club of 138 women and it copied some of them that are banded together to let others know. If you wnt to write me at [email protected] feel free. Sorry to let you know this but if it is under 90 days you may get help.Where did you buy it.

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    I'm wondering why you chose invisible thread. I find it very uncomfortable next to my skin. Since it is causing a problem after you've stitched a short distance, I'm thinking you may be having a problem with the foot catching on something and not wanting to move forward. My walking foot does this sometimes right after I pass a bulky seam the "hump" catches on the body of the foot and you have to ease it forward to continue.

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    I've never heard of anyone using invisible thread for binding. Did someone advise you to use it? I think I would gently rip out the stitches and start over using thread for the binding.
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