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Thread: Stressed over machine problems! Help!

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    Senior Member collady's Avatar
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    Stressed over machine problems! Help!

    Anyone have any suggestions? I have three projects to finish quilting before Monday, and my machine has decided to start acting up. It started breaking thread, then skipping stitches. I have totally re-threaded the machine, cleaned everything I can clean, and replaced the needle twice with new needles. I am free-motion quilting 100% cotton top and backing and Hobbs 80-20 batting. Sulky 100% cotton thread. ( I have used 2+ spools of the same thread on this quilt already.) Suggestions please!!!!

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    Not sure what kind of machine you have, but if it is a computerized machine you might try unplugging it and plugging it back in. That resets the computer and sometimes will fix the problem. Hope this helps.

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    Does your machine take oil? Are you pulling your thread forward when you pull if off? I clip the thread on top and pull if forward. It makes a difference to your tension discs. It really sound that your tension is off. Ae you using top stitch needles? Good luck

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    My machine gets picky with bobbin thread...some of my bobbin threads just fight with the upper thread.

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    Mine will act up like this sometimes as well. I shut it of and give it a couple minutes to take a break and reset. Seems to work for me.
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    Have you tried using a different bobbin? I've got one that I now use to mark my stack (when I'm chain piecing) because every time I try to use it in my machine, I get repeated thread breaks. And as hard as I've looked I can't find what it is that makes this one not work while the identical ones do work.

    I hope you can find an easy solution.

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    Sounds like tension issue to me. It's so frustrating when you can't figure out what the problem is. I've had that happen a few times and been ready to throw the sewing machine!
    Heather

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    i hope you figure it out. i'm, having issues also, goiing to take mine to the doc in the morning.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Off to try them and see what happens. Will let you know!

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    You've not mentioned cleaning out the bobbin area. Have you done so? FMQ will clog the bobbin area with lint and cause problems if not cleaned out frequently.

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    If you go to Superior threads web site they talk about this in their education section and have a video. They also recommend cleaning the bobbin case where the thread runs through with a fine pin. Apparently even a small amount of lint in this area can lead to tension problems, and thus thread breakage.

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    My machine is in the shop getting fixed; and my spare one did the same. I ran the thread toward the back of the tension discs, and now don't have any problems. When I run the thread through the front of the tension discs, I have problems similar to yours.
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    Thanks for all the great suggestions! I seem to have got it running sweet as new. I let her take a nap for about an hour and replaced the bobbin. I had just picked up some new bobbins, so that may have been the problem. I always clean the bobbin area every time I change the bobbin. My other needles may be good after all, so I will try them out on some practice quilting after I finish the things I am working on right now. I want to thank everyone for the suggestions.

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    I would do what deb says shut it off let it set a few minutes then start fresh with the threading and inserting the bobbin.

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    I am so glad your machine is working now. Happy quilting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    I am so glad your machine is working now. Happy quilting!
    Ditto. I hope the frustrations are behind you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom View Post
    Sounds like tension issue to me. It's so frustrating when you can't figure out what the problem is. I've had that happen a few times and been ready to throw the sewing machine!
    I was having that problem & it turned out to be tension & I had to adjust the top tension tigher & nothing has been wrong since.

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    Don't forget to put a drop of oil down in the bobbin area. Check your book, it should show you where it goes, and be sure your feed dogs are down.

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