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    Super Member lizzy's Avatar
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    I sew on a Bernina 1008 (mechanical machine) and having trouble with invisible thread breaking inside the machine and the thread getting tighter and tighter as it feeds through the machine until it breaks. Anyone has a solution to this problem, let me know.
    Just had the machine serviced last month.

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    You must go very, very, very slow with invisible thread. Try winding a bobin; it's even worse. It's not the machine.

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    Is it the top thread you are having the problem with? sounds like its just not passin through the tension discs. Try adjusting your tension right off, and perhaps if its a mechanical dial a little spray of silicone between them. That works for me. Or, even fix up a litl cloth that has been sprayed with silicone that teh thread can pass through, thus getting a coating of it on the way through....does that make sense?

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    I'm not an expert of invisible thread....but I believe it all about upper tension or the lack thereof.

    I've heard it's easier to use regular thread in the bobbin and invisible in the top although I made something one time with it in both. I reduced the upper tension and did sew slowly. I kept telling myself I sewing slowly I was still sewing faster than hand sewing. It worked.

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    I used to have problems using the invisible thread. It would break no matter which tension I used. I would sort of unwind from the spool in between stopping and starting sewing. My machine has the thread unwind from the spool while in the horizontal(sideways)position. I turned the spool the verticle(upright) position and problem solved. I also use cotton thread on the bottom. Invisible thread on the bobbin caused problems and headaches

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzy
    I sew on a Bernina 1008 (mechanical machine) and having trouble with invisible thread breaking inside the machine and the thread getting tighter and tighter as it feeds through the machine until it breaks. Anyone has a solution to this problem, let me know.
    Just had the machine serviced last month.
    I've used invisible thread a lot, and as long as you do adjustments to the thread tension, you will be fine. Try it on scraps and fiddle with the tension until you like the look of the stitches. Also make sure the thread isn't getting hung up on something outside the machine... sometimes mine has gotten caught on the slit in the end of the thread spool where the thread was secured when it was purchased.

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    Dumb question here.....when/why do you use invisible thread?

    Just curious......


    Thanks!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToucanSam
    Dumb question here.....when/why do you use invisible thread?

    Just curious......


    Thanks!!!!!
    I use it when I want the piecing to be the star, not the quilting.

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    I use invisable thread alot . A couple of things the top tension typically has to be adjusted way down. I use a very small needle 70/10 , this even works on thick batting. I use alot of invisable thread so I buy it on a cone , and using the thread holder stand really helps to get the tension relaxed before the tension discs. I had the most trouble using it on the machine spool pegs. It just did not want to unwind or theh spool move.
    All brands of invisable thread are not made the same. Some have so much static in them it is nothing but frustrating. I have the best luck ( I need to make almost no adjustments in tension) is from Prim/dritz. This particular brand , is one that I can use on all of my different machines and have success. I get it from a catolog company called Home Sew.
    Using invisable in the top and bobbin is really frustrating. I recomend only using it on the top.

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    I guess I'm the odd one (or lucky) as I've never had a problem using invisable thread. I don't even have to adjust the top tension. I don't use it in the bobbin as winding it stretches it too much, but I do sew slow. It could be the brand you are using. I don't know what brand I have. Sorry I can't be of any help :)

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    I just started a quilt this morning with Sulky polyester, it's so soft and fine, like baby hair! hard to thread because it's so hard to see and you can't feel it at all, so far I love it.

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    I have 3 spools of invisible thread that I bought with the intension of using it for quilting. I tried it and had nothing but problems. I just changed my mind and went with something else. Problem solved.

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    The brand of thread can make an enormous difference. The only type I have sewed with on my Bernina is YLI brand, which I think is .003mm thick (about same thickness as a strand of fine hair). This type of thread has more stretch than regular thread, so it is necessary to loosen the top tension. When winding a bobbin, use only a metal bobbin (plastic bobbins) can distort, wind slowly to prevent stretching, and underfill the bobbin. With all of this, I can use YLI invisible thread in both top and bobbin without problems.

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    I ws told never to put invisible thread in the bobbin but I too have had trouble with thread breaking. I will try the 'go slow' part. That might be my problem. Many times I wish I could have used the invisible thread and then remembered all the trouble I've had. I even used the superior quality invisible thread to no avail. Thanks for all of your advice!

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    I use invisible thread a great deal. I really have very little problems with it. My dealer instructed me to not use it in the bobbin. I have a Viking 630. I have read that hand winding is best because it will not stretch the thread as machine winding does. Also, if you are having trouble threading the needle because you can't see the thread, I often run a magic marker over the end. That you can see. Works for me.

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    Funny story (funny now, not then) about using invisible thread in the bobbin the first time I tried it. You know how sometimes when you wind bobbins, if you're not careful, the thread will start winding around the bobbin-winder shaft instead of on the bobbin? Yup. By the time I realized what was happening, I had a bunch of that invisible thread wound around that shaft. It was so tightly wound that I spent a couple of hours cutting and unwrapping thread from the machine. I never tried to use it in the bobbin again.

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    I've used invisible thread in my Bernina's with no problems. I used the Sulky and it's the only Sulky my machines like. I used it in top and bobbin for sewing free standing lace together.

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    I went to a class on thread that was put on by Babylock. The rep said that invisible thread has to be rested. I put mine in the back of my machine in a small what use to be an ashtray, and then thread it through the machine. I have very little breakage this way. Also when it does break you should go at least a foot away from the break and cut that off, because the thread is damaged that far up. Hope this makes sense, because it does work.

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    What kind of invisible thread do you use? I use Invisifil and it is wonderful. It is the same size as regulaer thread (not fine like baby hair) and I fill the bobbin with it the same as regular thread. I've never had a problem with it. I used Invisifil to FMQ this table topper.

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    I don't use it in the bobbin, and I put the spool in a heavy coffee cup behind the sewing machine. I still don't understand why this works, but it does.

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    Try using a thread stand with YLI and you should have all problems solved

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    OH!!!! Let me tell you! If it is invisible how can you see it to do anything?! That's my problem.lol

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    Only use YLI and make sure you turn you tension way down. I use it all the time with no problems. I even use it top and bottom.

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    I had that problem when quilting w/ polyester invisible thread. It would stretch and break. Switched to YLI nylon thread and the problem went away. Harriet Hargrave, in her book Heirloom Quilting, advises against using invisible thread in the bobbin, she recs cotton thread in the bobbin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzy
    I sew on a Bernina 1008 (mechanical machine) and having trouble with invisible thread breaking inside the machine and the thread getting tighter and tighter as it feeds through the machine until it breaks. Anyone has a solution to this problem, let me know.
    Just had the machine serviced last month.
    Ohoh, I have some scars with that thread!! A girlfriend of mine who also quilts warned me about the invisible thread as she was telling me that I had to use it on a project. It worked. . .after it jammed my bobbing winder on my sewing machine. Yeah, and that little winder has never managed to work since then. I have since gotten a new sewing machine, which is more expensive than the other one, and probably will never have invisible thread run through it either. I'm sorry I don't have any particular advice for it, as it's just the nature of that type of thread from my experience. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. :?

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