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Thread: Struggling to treadle

  1. #26
    Junior Member
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    Sep 2012
    i'm having trouble with the upper thread breaking. i practiced with no thread and can pretty well get it going without much hand involvement, but after 8" or so, the thread breaks. is that a rhythm issue? or tension? the stitches look like the tension is right, so i'm thinking it's my rhythm. *sigh*


  2. #27
    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
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    Feb 2012
    NE Indiana

    If the machine stalls and then turns backwards it will break the thread.

    The best cure for that is to make sure the treadle pivot points are clean of old oil, grease, thread, and dirt, then oil them good so it turns easily and do your best to treadle in a smooth rhythmic fashion. I had to turn the hand wheel by hand continuously as my foot was on the plate for quite a bit until it clicked in my brain and foot what I needed to do.

    If the thread tension top and bottom is good, the needle is good, you've eliminated dirt and lint and fuzz under the needle plate, and you've got good thread, I'd be thinking the machine is stalling and trying to turn backwards on you.


  3. #28
    Junior Member
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    Oct 2012
    Warwickshire, UK
    Yay! All the practice has paid off and I am now free motion treadling on my 15k. This is such fun, so much more enjoyable than using my Bernina with BSR. I feel in total control and The 15 is far less intimidating than the Bernina. I'm doing a happy jig.


  4. #29
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    Nov 2012
    I know this probably sounds like a dumb question, but I'm working on restoring my first treadle machine. What kind of oil do you use for the pivot points? 3-in-1? Sewing machine oil? I haven't cleaned the base yet as I want to finish the cabinet first. Thanks.


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