When you have threads
breaking without rhyme or reason, it’s time to bring out the big guns!
There are likely 5 or
6 different ideas, and they each have their benefits. But, (there is always a
“but,”) I experienced breakage for over 15 years. That is no
exaggeration, let me briefly explain my specifics in no particular order:
I am uncertain of the photographer for this thread, but we certainly have seen them in person!
time I got it back from the shop, it worked perfectly. Therefore, I thought I
was using the wrong type of needle.
was no telling what I would have when I embroidered. Some of my embroideries
had a dozen or more ‘breaks, ’ &
some had just a few. I
asked on the Internet for suggestions. I was told to use a larger eye needle,
get #60 weight thread, toss my old 40-weight thread, and slow down the machine, The
most upsetting response was that I was not following the instructions which the
group had given to me. I spent an hour crying in the fetal position. Rethread
from the spool and be careful not to miss a position. I
moved the tension on the spool & bobbin up and down the dials! It made no
had always used the spindle already on the machine. I was told to place my
thread on a Thread stand. I have an old one, but the newer ones have more
features, & include three standard spools
with the option of placing two cones on two spindles and one standard. That is
a great idea! Mostly, these are around $10 to $15. Here is a very convenient style:
- For zero dollars, use a coffee cup. It is helpful for metallic thread. I suspect that increasing the distance the thread has to travel gives it a short time to
relax & be a bit softer.
- For tension
issues, you can use the tension testing designs that make it more apparent for
everyone to understand. * See the tension tests at the end of this blog. You will want to keep your format handy!
did not matter which brand of thread I used, likewise for the needles.
for the density of your design. Heavy density causes the needle to work harder; therefore, it pulls the thread along with the hole it creates in a smaller
Now, for what
- & I
used my cell phone, opened the video feature, and started the machine. I was
stunned, I could see the needle moving slightly from the center
position it belonged. It was modest, but seeing the video was easier than
seeing the needle in real time.
- & Upon
tightening my needle, I have not had a single break! Well, there was once when
I didn’t tighten the thumb screw enough. But NO MORE broken thread.
Thank you for joining me today.