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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > Problems with thread breakage and tension? ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Date: 5/9/10 4:03 PM

I have a new to me Janome 350e. I am trying to embroider out just a simple name. The top thread keeps breaking it seems as it goes into the next letter. You will see only bobbin thread at the end of the letter. Not sure if this is because of the thread breakage? I tried to move the thread to the top of the machine but that did not work. What should the tension be set at normally? No problems with the bobbin just the top thread. Could it be because I bought some cheap thread from ebay? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)

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Date: 5/9/10 4:08 PM

There are folks here much more knowledgeable than I about the new machines (& pretty much everything else ) but I would suggest using the same method I do to test your thread.

Hold on to a length of thread (6" or so) between thumb & forefinger of each hand & give it a yank. If it breaks easily, it's toast. If it breaks with a harder yank, I still wouldn't use it in my machine. Also, if there are visible 'hairs" sticking out from the thread on the spool, I wouldn't use it.

As a frugal person with a BUNCH of old spools of thread hanging around when I started sewing again, I had to learn all this the hard way!

-- Edited on 5/9/10 4:29 PM --

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Date: 5/9/10 4:47 PM

I have two different brands of embroidery thread. The Metro I have to loosen my top tension and it does fine. My machine is a viking so I guess it could be the same for your machine. Not sure if this is your problem.

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Date: 5/9/10 5:10 PM

Thanks! I will try the thread breakage test. I ordered some metro last week but I have not gotten it yet.

This maybe a stupid question but i'm a bit confused with the directions. The lower the number the looser the tension? Thanks

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Date: 5/9/10 5:40 PM

Jillybe,

Wow! The thread test was right on. The stuff I bought on Ebay is a total loss. But I had some other that worked perfectly and fixed the problem. Thanks so much!!!

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Date: 5/9/10 5:43 PM

lol & wow from me too! It's nice to have enough knowledge about something sewing related to actually be helpful to someone!

Glad your problem is solved, & happy embroidering!

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Date: 5/13/10 9:14 AM

Quote: JillyBe

As a frugal person with a BUNCH of old spools of thread hanging around when I started sewing again, I had to learn all this the hard way!

We are soul mates. LOL I was in a ME class using some old Mettler 60/2 cotton thread and it kept breaking. I sort of knew the spool was over 10 years old, maybe 15+ years old I went to the front of the store, bought a fresh spool, and no more thread breaks.


This is one of two reasons I only buy the Mettler PolySheen size spools of ME thread---If I were to buy the larger Isacord cones, it would rot before I could use it all up. (Other reason is the smaller spools are much, much easier to store.)
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Date: 5/14/10 10:14 PM

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I have two different brands of embroidery thread. The Metro I have to loosen my top tension and it does fine. My machine is a viking so I guess it could be the same for your machine. Not sure if this is your problem.

Question for you re: the Metro thread. I have a new PE780D and whenever I put the Metro thread it slides up the spool and gets tangled in teh little round thingee at the top. Even if I put a large spool cap over the spool, the thread slides up into the top of the spool, gets tangled up, and then breaks. It's actually stopped so hard it broke two needles this evening. I'm at my wit's end, surly, and depressed. I really had high hopes for an embroidery machine; but I can't seem to get one simple design stitched out. I stitched with the other brand, where the thread wound the other way and I had to put it with the wide part of the spool to the left, and that seemed to work without a hitch. Just to try it, I put my Metro spool on backward but it got tangled in the *bottom* part of the spool. I spent a ton of $$$ on the Metro thread because so many people said it was great; but all I want to do right now is dump it in the garbage can! Help!!

P.S. Just checked the brand that worked just fine and it was Coats & Clark if you can believe it!
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Date: 5/14/10 10:33 PM

You might need to put the thread on a separate thread stand and have it a foot from your machine. The thread may play better with your machine. (tip: buy the metal ones...the plastic are junk)

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Date: 5/18/10 11:16 AM

Problem solved for a measly eight bucks! Thank you! I also took my machine to my dealer (fabulous people) and they spent a bunch of time going over everything I had questions about. I came home and stitched out my design without any more issues. I'm sure I'm still at the very bottom of the learning curve; but I feel a lot better today!

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