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Old 05-15-2013, 10:01 AM
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I am trying out a Janome 1600p for quilting and can not figure out why the thread kept breaking. I was using Star thread and changed the needle size larger. Still kept breaking checked the threading, checked the needle, changed stitch speed, changed stitch length nothing worked. I really like the space I have with the machine and the lighting is good, I like the needle up down and thread cutter but why does it keep breaking the thread? Opinions appreciated. Anyone own this machine and what is your experience and advice?
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:31 AM
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Seems like a common problem from what I am seeing. Most said they had to change the thread weight. What is your tension set at?
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:40 PM
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I have the Elna 7100--it is the same as the Janome 1600 (you know Elna is made by Janome?)...I was enjoying it so much for FMQ. Suddenly I could take maybe half dozen stitches and thread would break. Over and over and over! I adjusted tension, changed needle several times (thread had been working beautifully before), removed bobbin--again & again, bought a new darning foot, etc. There's a bald spot on my head from the frustration, and a nervous rash. Anyway, I went to the machine ONE MORE TIME (all this over span of 2-3 wks. Could not figure it out). Then SUDDENLY! I espied-barely-the thread had wrapped around the take up bar. Must have been loose tension and it 'flopped'. I am now sewing up a storm---which enforces the advice to RE-THREAD in order to catch these little blips. I was lazy about doing that--it all looked perfectly in path. So I was wrong. Hope your bump in the road is soon "problem solved".

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Old 05-15-2013, 05:45 PM
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Be sure to try a different thread. Some machines don't like certain threads.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by roserips View Post
I am trying out a Janome 1600p for quilting and can not figure out why the thread kept breaking. I was using Star thread and changed the needle size larger. Still kept breaking checked the threading, checked the needle, changed stitch speed, changed stitch length nothing worked. I really like the space I have with the machine and the lighting is good, I like the needle up down and thread cutter but why does it keep breaking the thread? Opinions appreciated. Anyone own this machine and what is your experience and advice?
Do your machine a favor and stop using Star thread. Probably the most linty thread sold.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:11 PM
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I have a spool of Star thread and wondered why I've never used it - compared to King Tut you can see the difference. Just for the heck of it I'm going to try it on a scrap piece. Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:21 AM
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i have a 1600 p do you have the bobbin in right and pushed all the way in. and my tension is on 3
and my machine only uses superior thread. i have it on my fmq frame. i love mine it sews so nice.
also make sure you have it going around the tension disc right. took me a couple of times to
get that right
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:53 AM
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I don't have your machine, but I too have troubles with thread breaking, and currently have walked away from a project because of that reason. I can not figure out why. I too, have tried everything, including re-threading. I also have used star thread. I bought a spool of King Tut, that cost me close to 30 bucks, that thread broke all the time, but then the next project, I can go the whole quilt and not have one break. Today I will go back and re thread again, and see if that helps. wish me luck, and good luck figuring your problem out, I will be reading the suggestions to see if i can figure out my problem, also.
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If Star is 50 wt 3 ply you need a topstitch size 90/14 or larger needle. Try using a thread stand so the thread will unwind vertically.
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I use topstitch needle for everything! Once in awhile you can get a bad needle which can cause thread to act up. Bad needles happen more often than we think. We expect each needle to be perfect and they should be! If your thread is breaking now and then when using the same thread and needle I would suggest the problem is machine related.
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