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Old 01-14-2020, 07:44 AM
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I also am having problems.. I want to get a top stitch needle ... I am using embroidering threads... what size do I use on the top stitch needle and what thread do ya'll recommend?
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Roslyn Sephton View Post
Probably a silly Question as i,ve used my 1500 a lot. But lately i have been trying to get an old Quilting machine going that was stashed away out in the back room that when i went back to my 1500 for sanity ( ha ha) it won,t pick the bobbin thread up. I,ve tried everything. Even to changing the needle. Then i started thinking maybe the needle was in wrong. I got so confused that i googled it and ytube says all brother machine needles go with the flat part to the back. I can,t get mine in like that. It seems to go to the right side. Am i mad or not? Please help with some useful advice. I, d appreciate it.
Mine did this in a class I took it too. I was about ready to chunk it out the window. When I got home it worked fine. I was threading the needle the wrong way. I was threading right to left. the same as my Featherweight I had been sewing on all the day before. LOL
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by KurmanQuilter View Post
I also am having problems.. I want to get a top stitch needle ... I am using embroidering threads... what size do I use on the top stitch needle and what thread do ya'll recommend?
If you're piecing, a 12 or 14 works fine. For quilting, a 16 or 18 works better. However, I wouldn't use embroidery threads, which tend to be weaker.

Originally Posted by Roslyn Sephton View Post
Then i started thinking maybe the needle was in wrong. I got so confused that i googled it and ytube says all brother machine needles go with the flat part to the back. I can,t get mine in like that. It seems to go to the right side. Am i mad or not? Please help with some useful advice. I, d appreciate it.
I used a mirror and looked at the hole the needle goes in to. Makes it easier to put the needle in, and you can see which way the flat part actually goes.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:04 AM
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What thread would you use? I tried cotton, or a cottonized poly and the lint was tremendous. Also it shredded the thread. however, that was with another needle. what threads do ya'll use for FMQ on the 1500s ?
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:05 AM
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I have the 1500SE. I have gone to using Glide threads in my machine. I have had less breakage and it has a great finish.
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Old 01-14-2020, 01:07 PM
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I only did a couple of quilts on my 1500 before I got my longarm. I used a 12 or 14 topstitch for piecing, 16 or 18 topstitch for quilting. The topstitch has a larger eye and longer scarf, both of which help reduce friction on the thread. I used Bottom Line for both piecing and quilting. It's a 60 wt poly.
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Old 01-14-2020, 01:38 PM
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My 2 Brother 1500SE has been a dream for ~20 yrs. My usual threads are Aurifil and BottomLine. Have used metalic. Also used Razzle Dazzle in the bobbin. Have used 60 to 12 wt thread. No problems.

As to needles, it's Schmetz. All types and all weights. I prefer microtex (it's a sharp).

From the symptoms you describe, I think there might be a rough spot, possibly the throat plate. Mine's been hit, causing a rough spot. Did a little filing. I may have replaced it too. Something to try.
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Old 01-14-2020, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Roslyn Sephton View Post
ytube says all brother machine needles go with the flat part to the back. I can,t get mine in like that. It seems to go to the right side. Am i mad or not? Please help with some useful advice. I, d appreciate it.
if your needle will only fit with the flat side to the right, then that's the way to load it.
i don't know how old your machine is.
i once had a brother, built in 1955, that had the flat side to the right.
the thread went through the needle eye left to right.
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Old 01-14-2020, 02:28 PM
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Thought of something else that causes the needle to become unthreaded when using the thread cutter. When that happens, the first thing I check is the little wire around the tension dial. For some reason the thread hops out of the wire.
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