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Thread: what can cause thread to break?

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    You need a new needle.

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    I was having lots of breakage when I did my free motion quilting. I have a Viking Quilt Designer II and the book stated that Inspira needles were best so I got my first one. They are a bit more expensive but worth every penny.
    What a big difference. No more breakage. These needles have a smooth beveled entry so the thread doesn't wear and tear.
    Thread I thought I'd never be able to use for quilting again is never a problem any longer.
    I'd say its your needle.

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    I would use a14 or 16 to so on denim . Igo by the US size 10 11 12... Not the Europe size75 80 90... your needle will be inter changeable a good brand is Schmetz thats hat I use
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhaorth
    well I found a package of kenmore needles that were with the machine... they are color coded, I checked the chart in that other thread, and no clue what the numbers mean and what would be good for cotton wovens.

    Kenmore color codes
    Kenmore colors its needles with a different system of color codes which indicate the needle's size:

    Shank color Shaft size Shaft size (europe)
    blue 11 75
    orange 12 80
    red 14 90
    purple 16 100
    green 18 110


    I have one of each of these... which one should I use?

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    Sometimes when my thread breaks, I find that for whatever reason the thread gets out of the "pick-up lever" (the little thing that you see moving up & down right in front of you when the needle moves) before the thread goes down to the needle. I just have to rethread the needle. I am glad to learn all about the importance of changing needle through this thread. THank you all.

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    Also dust out the bobbin area, and oil your machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhaorth
    I noticed last week when I was working on piecing the strips, that every once in awhile the upper thread would break. (bobbin thread was fine).

    I also noticed that it almost sounds like it is stitching through paper... a sort of tick tick sound when stitching.

    It doesn't jam or snag, or snarl, just every once in awhile the thread breaks.

    Any suggestions? Please help, new to sewing and not sure what is happening.
    Try the simplest thing first--change the needle. froggyintexas

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    I have had thread break when there is a rough spot on the edge of the spool. Smoothed it off with a nail file.

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    If it is the needle making the tic tic noise, you need a new needle. For more trouble shooting, go to Superior Threads web site. They have a trouble shooting chart that is easy to follow. The have an educational series on thread, tension, and needles, excellent. It really opened my eyes, he debunked a lot of myths about thread and tension. I found the series on The Quilt Show but it may also be on the web site.

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    If you are using Coats & Clarks thread, make sure that the end of the spool where the thread ankers, is opposite from where the thread comes off to go through the maching. If the thread gets caught in there, it will make a clicking sound until the thread breaks. Know from experience.

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    I find that some of my batiks dull needles pretty quilt too--hear that pop, pop quicker!

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    Are you threading the needle correctly?? If you are not threading it in the right direction (and not all machines thread front to back or right to left), so you might want to check it.

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    I would say to try a new needle.

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    I would say to try a new needle.

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    I'm glad you found your problem! I cleaned 2 machines yesterday. One had the thread breaking issue. Everything checked out through the thread path and bobbin area. I found the problem while inserting the needle. The needle plate had a hairline crack in it causing the thread to snag and break. The owner was thrilled that was the only problem. Me too!

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