Ok try to free motion quilt baby quilt and using varigated thread and it keeps fraying and break out of needle . is it the needle or thread ? only have a little more to finish and it is getting very frustrating?? Its my last spool that color bought at Joann's Help EdnaThis message has been edited. Last edited by: emb115724,
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Feb 16, 2013, 10:09 AM
The only suggestion I have is to use a topstitch needle. IF this doesn't work I'd switch threads.
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Feb 16, 2013, 10:41 AM
A larger needle might help.
Feb 16, 2013, 10:46 AM
What type of thread are you using?
A needle with a larger eye should help no matter what thread.
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Feb 17, 2013, 11:34 AM
larger eye needle should help. also what foot are you using? a darning foot with a spring on it is recommended for FMQing. fast pedal speed, slower hand movement of quilt speed. good luck.
Feb 17, 2013, 02:01 PM
Change the needle and rethread your machine. If that doesn't work, perhaps the spool itself has a problem. Check to see how it flows through the machine: with the presser foot up pull thread through the needle--it should flow easy--if not you have to do something to make the flow through the machine easy. If this is the problem and you only have a small amount to go, try winding thread from the spool onto a bobbin. Use the extra bobbin on the top like you would a spool of thread.
With the presser foot up, also check to see that the bobbin thread flows easily. Sometimes poorly wound bobbins will not flow nicely and just by replacing the bobbin things will straighten out!
Good luck...it is frustrating when this happens.
Feb 17, 2013, 03:58 PM
Have you checked to see if the thread is getting caught on the spool itself? I have had thread get caught on the slit on the spool top and then it breaks at the needle because that is where the stress is. I've flipped the spool over so the slit is on the bottom and it has worked.
Also, check the throat plate and needle hole for any burrs caused from getting nicked, that could shred the thread too.