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smockeymama
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Date: 8/13/14 12:38 PM

Well I got my Brother PE 500 in Feb and have monogrammed at least 30 items with a nice 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch monogram with the larger center letter. I recently did several hand towels and they came out great UNTIL the last one. On the last towel, I got my first thread nest--it was so big that it was really hard to remove and it took a while. I've had good luck with the towels and it was not super thick so I definitely do not think it was that particular towel b/c I had just monogrammed another one just like it with no problem.

The only thing I changed was my top thread, but it was the same brand that I have used numerous times. The thread nest caused a big hole in the towel, and I am glad it was this inexpensive towel and not something expensive or irreplceable.

But before I try again, what (in your experience) causes thread nests? I can't figure out what was different from the last 4 other hand towels I recently monogrammed, so I want to know what to be wary of before I try again! Thanks for your input:)

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Date: 8/13/14 12:55 PM

Thread nests are caused by needle birds, tiny entities similar to the gremlins that steal socks. A ceremonial exorcism of the needle bird spirit is performed by burying the possessed needle in the nearest sharps container.

Good luck.

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Date: 8/13/14 3:17 PM

Was your bobbin low on thread? I seem to experience this towards the end of a bobbin or when the upper thread is not correctly seated.

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Date: 8/13/14 4:34 PM

My Walmart Brother machine will throw thread nests when begging for oil. It also makes scary noises when turning the tensions on/off (foot up/down and going from reverse to forward). A few times it's been an issue with the bobbin not being inserted exactly right (backwards, or the wrong type of bobbin).

Nearly every time if I stop and oil the machine, and then rethread, the problem is fixed. Of course I will also sew on scraps for a bit to make sure all the "extra" oil is gone.

With all that work yours has done, it may be time to open it up and give it a good cleaning and oiling. The manual should tell you where to put the oil.
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Date: 8/13/14 5:04 PM

It's usually the top tension. I have fould that I missed something when threading. The other possibility is something around needle plate. So a stray bit of thread caught at the design level that didn't get clear, not completely clearing the previous thread nest threads from bottom and top. Sometimes with front loading bobbins I've left the tail too long or a bit (and it only takes a tiny bit) of thread in bobbin area.

Deep breath, clean bobbin area out, check thread path, make sure all threads from nest are clear, no stray threads coming off the towel. Retread and go again. Also check your needle it's unlikely but hey your already there.
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Date: 8/13/14 5:47 PM

You said that you embroidered on approximately 30 items. How many times did you clean out the fuzz in the bobbin area? In my opinion it is more important to clean it out in an embroidery machine than on a sewing machine.

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Date: 8/13/14 8:09 PM

No oiling embroidery machines per the manufacturer.

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Date: 8/13/14 8:14 PM

Go to the maintenance section of the manual. Remove the needle plate and bobbin case as described. As you clean, look for thread snips as well as nicks on the bobbin case and needle plate.

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Date: 8/13/14 8:20 PM

Have you changed your needle ?

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Date: 8/14/14 9:46 AM

Thanks for all the replies! I was using a new Sharp Titanium needle and my bobbin thread was not low. I use a little sewing brush to clean out the bobbin area when I change bobbins. I will say that the embroidery machine does seem harder than a regular sewing machine to get to the bobbin area to even see what needs to be cleaned out. My manual says to never oil; while that seems counter-intuitive to me, I don't dare oil it.

I have heard that I should take it in once a year for cleaning/maintenance/tune-up, and if I have any continued problems then I will take it in before the one year mark is up. I think it is probably at least an hour-and-a-half to the closest place to get service, plus I don't have any personal experience with a dealer nor do I know anyone with an embroidery machine to ask.

I am in Morgantown, WV and I assume that the Pittsburgh area is probably the closest place for service. Any of you have a great & reputable Brother service shop in the Pittsburgh area? Or even in Clarksburg/Bridgeport, WV area?

Thank you again for all your help!

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