I’ve been practicing on many charity quilts and now that I’m actually doing a quilt that is going to be a keeper my thread has started to break…
It all started with the bobbin thread as I had just wound a new bobbin.. This has been going on for quite a while but I finally got fed up and asked a FB group Beginner LongArm Qulters for some advice.
My question went like this:
QUESTION: I Have a HQ Sixteen on a frame and could someone please give me some ADVISE PLEASE, each time I change my bobbin and I start sewing (this only happens At the beginning of re inserting the bobbin) it will sew for a few inches then its like the bobbin thread breaks… It quits sewing with bobbin. I have no idea what I may be doing wrong. Its inserted into the bobbin so it unwinds clock wise and the i put it in the slit so it comes out of the spacing for the thread.
SOLUTION: From the responses I got I came to conclude that
1.Do not over fill the bobbin,
2.Hold your top and bottom threads always
3.Check the bobbin tension and that its treaded properly.
I got this problem figured out but now the top thread was shredding.
So Back to the group for advise,
QUESTION: I’m working on a hq16 on a frame… my top thread keeps shredding or coming out of the needle I’m not sure wich happens 1st, I’ve changed the needle, retreaded it thru the tension discs everything looks correct. I just purchased the tread at the beginning of September 2017 … Any suggestions on this?
SUGGESTIONS: Not in any particular order
- Change your needle. I had already done that.
- Change needle size use larger.
- Bad or old thread spool
- Slow down your movements.
- Make sure your thread is going through all the tension discs, hooks and eyes correctly.
- Is your needle backwards or not inserted properly
- Is tread twisted around the thread holder at the top of the machine
- Turn eye of the needle to 5 O clock or 530
- Glide thread is slick. When you stop, it just keeps on going. To counteract, place a small piece of batting in the thread guide above the spool holder. This adds to the friction and slows the thread down just enough.
- pull out 24 to 30 inches of thread after a break … a break will often weaken the thread
- Use thread conditioner
- Clean tension discs
- Is the quilt too tight on the frame. Loosen it a bit.
- Changed needle to bigger size 18.
- Moved eye to 5 o clock
- Loosened the tension on the sandwich.
- I’m slowing down.
It now seems to be working better. I was able to finish the on point background with no issues.
I sure hope this will save some grief for someone else who is experiencing this issue with their long arm.