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What weight is used for bobbin and top thread?
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Date: 5/1/13 7:55 PM

I have a PE 180-D that I purchased many years ago. I want to give it to my daughter-in-law as a beginning machine to see if she wants to learn embroidery. I cannot remember what weight thread to use for top thread...I understand I need 90 wt. for bobbin...but what wt. is used for top? I tried 40 wt and the thread just frays and breaks. I have adjusted the tension and that didnt solve the problem..so I am assuming it is the wrong wt. of thread.
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Date: 5/1/13 8:35 PM

You can download a copy of the manuual at the Brother website. It lists 40 weight poly embroidery thread. The shredding and breakage may be because of the needle.

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Date: 5/1/13 8:55 PM

Has the machine been serviced in the last year? Broken thread could also indicate a burr on the bobbincase or the thread itself is old.

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Date: 5/1/13 11:57 PM

Sounds like the machine needs to be serviced.

Machine Embroidery thread is 40 weight and the bobbin weight should be specified in the manual. If it is 90 weight you will need to purchase from a Brother dealer or order online.

Some of the older machines seem to be able to handle just about any weight of bobbin thread (see my follow-up regarding personal experience with my first EM).




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Date: 5/6/13 8:11 AM

I too would have it serviced. Mine works well on whatever I use and often use various prewound L bobbins though it didn't mind me winding from bobbin thread I bought in the sewing stores and from marathon. I made a real good when I took my 8500 to visit my daughter hoping she would want to learn. It had an issue as it hadn't been used in a lonf while and was breaking needles and shredding and needed some repairs. She had no problem with the techniques involved like using the cards and transferring designs to them but got very turned off/frustrated as we kept stopping and starting and rethreading. I think I ruined her initial enthusiasm for embroidery so could kick myself for not having it checked out before the trip. My other daughter learned on my deco 600(basically the same as the 180D) and loved it so she bought a tol combo. I use my 180D only for my D card collection and it works well. It has never had repairs but the deco had to have some tension repair before my daughter took it.

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Date: 5/6/13 8:17 AM

I meant I made a real mistake (not real good) not having the machine checked out is what I meant to write. My brain is slightly non working this morning-sorry.

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Date: 5/6/13 8:22 AM

I have a PE-150 and I've used everything in it: Gutermann cotton (50 wt), Thread Art Cotton (50 wt), Gutermann polyester (mara 100) and finally purchased some Brother rayon (40 wt) thread. It really doesn't matter. But if your 40 wt is breaking, it might be the quality of the thread. I like the cotton, mostly because I don't like the overly shininess of the rayon.

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Date: 5/6/13 10:29 AM

Quote: Miss Fairchild
I have a PE-150 and I've used everything in it: Gutermann cotton (50 wt), Thread Art Cotton (50 wt), Gutermann polyester (mara 100) and finally purchased some Brother rayon (40 wt) thread. It really doesn't matter. But if your 40 wt is breaking, it might be the quality of the thread. I like the cotton, mostly because I don't like the overly shininess of the rayon.

My first EM was the PE 150. Bought it at Walmart, no one had machine embroidery thread, nor were there any sites like PR that delved into this craft. This was several years ago and even the dealers were clueless.

My first attempt to embroider was with one of the built-in designs, sewing machine thread and printer paper for stabilizer ....

Put it away and bought Jeanine Twigg's books and started over with the correct products and (thanks to the Internet) the rest is history!

This is just one of her very helpful books.

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Date: 5/15/13 9:40 PM

Have you tried a new needle? Sometimes using one with a larger eye can help (like one for metallic thread), it gives the thread more room to move around rather than break. Of it still keeps happening then I'd suspect the thread is just bad. I have some really old Coats and Clark polyester machine embroidery thread that seems to be more prone to breaking than other threads (Madeira, Sulky) I have that are of a similar age.

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