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Thread: What is the appeal of the automatic cutter?

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    Question What is the appeal of the automatic cutter?

    I have read a few posts lately about the automatic cutter on the sewing machines. Several of you have stated that it is a must have.

    I have one on my machine and I don't use it. The thread is cut too short and I have to dig for the ends to start my next seam, or I have a little nest. I asked my dealer about it and he said that's the way it is.

    What am I missing?

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    I have a Brother NX 2000, no nests with my machine. I use it all the time.

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    I never look for the thread ends before starting the next seam. I just start sewing. No thread ends to worry about. The threads should cut to be about 1/4" long and no way to pull them out to begin a new seam. That would defeat the purpose of having the thread cut.
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    Janie: I have a Brother 1500, it has the first thread cutter that I ever owned. Every once in a while the needle will come unthreaded when the cutter is used, but not often. The convenience of having the threads cut out weighs the minor irritation of rethreading the needle, but a nest underneath would be a problem. This, like so many things in quilting, is really a personal preferance. One problem is the habit of hitting the cut button when you are FM. Can't tell you how many times I have to unsew so the threads are long enough to tie and bury.

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    I don't use mine all the time - but I do like it. I use it when doing regular sewing - then my machine will do a knotting stitch when it starts again - eliminates the need to back stitch.

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    I think it like seat heaters in your car... once you get used to them , they are a must have... if you never had one ... its no big deal to cut your own threads. I don't have one on any of my machines , but my Mom recently got one and now she loves it , but it took a bit of getting used to.

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    Janie, I have one on my new machine. I see it as a real timesaver. I had a Singer Quantum Stylist that would frequently come unthreaded when I used the auto cutter if I forgot to pull the thread longer, but my Babylock doesn't do that, even with the short thread that results from the cut. On it, you don't have to pull on the thread. You just start sewing again. I didn't use the cutter much on the Singer, but I use it all the time on the Babylock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma S View Post
    Janie: I have a Brother 1500, it has the first thread cutter that I ever owned. Every once in a while the needle will come unthreaded when the cutter is used, but not often. The convenience of having the threads cut out weighs the minor irritation of rethreading the needle, but a nest underneath would be a problem. This, like so many things in quilting, is really a personal preferance. One problem is the habit of hitting the cut button when you are FM. Can't tell you how many times I have to unsew so the threads are long enough to tie and bury.
    I have the same machine and find that the "unthreading" happens quite often.... so I rarely use this feature.

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    My Baby Lock Crescendo has it and I love it! I have it set to lift the presser foot at the end and it's a one button wonder. That said, I wouldn't buy a new machine just to get it - needle threader OH YEAH!
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    I have the Brother 1500 and the thread would pull out of the needle when using the thread cutter. The dealer kept saying buy a new thread cutter. Why it was brand new! A poster here told me to by pass the three hole bar or use only the first hole and have the thread go down the hole not come up underneath the hole like the picture shows. The bar is used to add more tension to thread. My needle doesn't come unthreaded anymore.
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    I use mine on my TOL brothers all the time, no nest, probably won't use it for FMQ if I want to bury threads but for piecing it does make things quicker. I do still chain piece so I don't use it all the time but it is a necessity for embroidery machine. I do not get nests from it
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    I love the one on my baby lock. Then again I never knew I needed it until I had it. I used my brother without one for years. Now that I have it though I won't go back. I never get a nest and don't have to search for my threads before I start again.
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    I just got one for the first time and kept forgetting to use it! I also don't use the knee lift and I know people swear they cant do without that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I never look for the thread ends before starting the next seam. I just start sewing. No thread ends to worry about. The threads should cut to be about 1/4" long and no way to pull them out to begin a new seam. That would defeat the purpose of having the thread cut.
    Same here!

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    If the needle is getting unthreaded, loosen the tension a little til its right. I never use it with invisible thread.

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    I don't think I could sew without it anymore...saves so much time. I do a lot of chain piecing, but when that isn't an option, I use the cutter and then just start sewing the next piece. Sometimes I get a little nest, but that doesn't bother me.

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    I never use mine except by accident. Wish I could disable this function on my machine
    because I have absolutely zero use for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I have the Brother 1500 and the thread would pull out of the needle when using the thread cutter. The dealer kept saying buy a new thread cutter. Why it was brand new! A poster here told me to by pass the three hole bar or use only the first hole and have the thread go down the hole not come up underneath the hole like the picture shows. The bar is used to add more tension to thread. My needle doesn't come unthreaded anymore.
    That is very interesting!!!!! Thanks for the tip.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I have the Brother 1500 and the thread would pull out of the needle when using the thread cutter. The dealer kept saying buy a new thread cutter. Why it was brand new! A poster here told me to by pass the three hole bar or use only the first hole and have the thread go down the hole not come up underneath the hole like the picture shows. The bar is used to add more tension to thread. My needle doesn't come unthreaded anymore.
    Thank you for the heads up. I do not have unthreading problems..but if I do I will know what to do. I have only had my 1500 a couple of months and have been using the thread cutter.

    Judy in Phx, AZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat13 View Post
    I just got one for the first time and kept forgetting to use it! I also don't use the knee lift and I know people swear they cant do without that.
    They take a little bit of time getting used to, but take the time it is well worth it. I don't use my thread cutter as much but I couldn't live without my knee lift!!!! Even though when I first got it I thought I will never use this.

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    I absolutely LOVE my automatic cutter. I don't have to go digging for the thread, I just start my next seam.

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    I don't have auto cut or a single hole sole plate ans thread can get tangled and to prevent this when starting stitching I always start the stitching with a 'rabbit'. A small scrap to lead the thread. No more tangles.

    I think if you do this on your machine it will solve the problem. Some people use HSTs or pair of four patches to start stitching and after a while they have enough to make a quilt!
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    Thanks for all the replies. It was really interesting to read all the different preferences. I tried my cutter again and sometimes I get a nest, sometimes, I don't. I don't like the nests so I'll go back to hanging on to the threads for a couple of stitches. I was really curious as to why some of you loved your auto cutters and now I know. Thanks.

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    never use the thread cutter when doing FMQ. Doesn't leave enough tail.

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    BellaBoo, wish I could picture what you mean by the three hole bar. I have a Viking Mega Quilter that unthreads when I use the cutter. It has a 3 hole bar and I am going to try threading it different thru that bar and see if it makes a difference, ( As soon as I get it back from its 5 year service).Thanks for that bit of info.

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