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Thread: thread breaking on a collage quilt

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    thread breaking on a collage quilt

    Any advice on how to stop my thread from breaking while I am longarming a Laura Heine collage quilt? There are times my needle will not pick up the bobbin thread. I literally have to take use my up/down button to stitch. One stitch, move the head, take another stitch. Take a few stitches then the thread breaks. Steam-a-seam 2 lite was used as the fusible webbing. I've tried lubricating my needle. Worked for awhile but now it's not.

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    Make sure you don't have the quilt on the frame too tightly. That can sometime cause skipped stitches & thread breakage. What size needle are you using? Poly or cotton thread?
    I've also read about a Sharon Schamber hint: "Sharon dips a spool of thread into a jar of mineral oil, takes it right out, dries it with a paper towel, and it is immediately ready to use. " I found this quote here
    http://westmichquilter.blogspot.com/...-schamber.html

    but have read about it in several locations
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    oooh, just read a post on a different thread. She suggested sewing thru waxed paper. I'm going to remember this... you can see thru the waxed paper no problem and it should provide just enough lubricant.
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    I have made and longarmed several of these. Try dripping a few lines of Sewers Aid on your thread to lubricate it before you start.

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    What brand of thread do you use?

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    I used Mettler 100% cotton 50 and also used Sewers Aid to no avail. I found a 22 Groz-Beckett needle in my stash and tried it. Worked! I've done many appliqued quilts and this is the first time I've had to use such a large needle. Good to know for future reference.

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    Has anyone used that magnetic thread lubricant device that Sail Rite recommends to use with Sewer's Aid?

    https://www.sailrite.com/Magnetic-Thread-Lubricator

    I thought it looked like it might be handy?
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