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Thread: Thread is shredding

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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    Thread is shredding

    I have a Janome 6600 and have previously had very good luck with fmq using different types/brands of thread. Today, I was working on a large lap sized quilt, doing some basic stippling in 8" blocks when the top thread would shred, right before the last two thread guides before the needle. This happened several times, each time before I could get one block done. I was using cotton thread in the bobbin, and a lemon yellow poly thread on top (the yellow to show contrast). Each time I would rethread, cut off the bad section, and start again. I even went as far as switching to a different spool and got the same results. When I went back to the cotton thread, I had no issues at all. I just wanted to use the poly for the color. I have some cotton thread in the right color on order, but it could be a while before it gets here. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I need to do? I've used poly on straight stitching with no problems, even mixing threads. This seems to be just a fmq issue.

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    You mentioned that when you went back to cotton, all was good.
    So how about trying poly in both the top and bottom?

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    My Janome does not play well with poly so it is cotton thread for everything.

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    Try threading the take up lever backwards. Instead of from right to left, go left to right. About 80% of the time when I have a thread problem on my 6600 threading the take up lever backwards solves it. The other thing is make sure it's not catching and hanging up for a little bit any where on the thread path.

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    I say change to a top stitching needle if you're not already using one. The eyes on those are slightly larger than a regular needle and have a channel for the thread to move up and down through.
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    Can you try bypassing one of the thread guides and see if that helps with the shreading. If the stitching still has a balanced stitch (no eyelashes) I would try that. Maybe a bigger eye needle might help as well? Don't you wish thread would learn to play nice with others?

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    Ditto the topstitch needle suggestion.

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    Try the topstitch needle; if that doesn't help, give in to her...she knows what she wants for lunch...
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    change needles!

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    I concur - change your needle to a larger eye and that should solve the problem I use 90/14 mostly.
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    I'm not sure changing the needle would help the OP as she stated the shredding was happening way before the thread hit the needle's eye at the thread guides before the needle. I don't know if this will help but I had this happen to me on the LA with a poly thread from Superior and I needed to really loosen up the tension on both top and bottom. If changing the needles doesn't help she could attempt loosening the tension on both top and bobbin.

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    I've had this happen with my 6600 just this week. Glad to read it might be the thread, I was using Bottom Line which I think is poly/cotton. I'll have to try loosening the tension.

    Thanks for asking the question!
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    My Janome sometimes gets picky about the thread, I found out that she likes it better when both the threads match. That is on straight stitching. I think maybe when fmq, the cotton thread gives a bit more. Just a thought.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions....will be trying them to find a solution, but not this weekend as am house and dog sitting for DD.

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