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I recently purchased a used, but almost new, Viking mega quilter. It is ski
pping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensions
, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the thr
ead breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilting
, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Dora

Re: Mega quilter problems
Den 20-11-2013 14:55, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com skrev:
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Did you change the needle?
And the thread? (some thread is just weird)

Hanne in DK

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What kind of needle are you using?
If you are new to quilting, you might be using a Universal needle?  This  
has a rounded end.  If you try a more sharply pointed needle that might  
help?  I agree with Hanne about the thread - some just does that!  Are  
you using cotton or polyester or a mix?  It will be worth trying a few  
combinations.  Also, is the bobbin thread the same or similar to the top  
thread?  That sometimes makes a difference.
Have you checked under the bobbin to make sure there is no fluff?
All sorts of things can cause your symptoms (unfortunately, as it means  
lots of checking ...).
Good luck .
Oh - are you piecing or quilting when the thread breaks?
If you are quilting, the tension should be reduced.  Some machines like  
this to be almost zero.  
Also, if you are quilting, the thread might be 'shredding' on the fabric  
...
So, sorry, there are all sorts of reasons.  Mine usually works again  
after I've tried all the above + plus checking that I've got the correct  
foot on...
It might have to go to the SM doctor's if all the above offer no  
improvement.

Pat on the green

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I got some of those topstitch needles and quilting with them so far has gone  
very
well.  Worth a try.
Taria

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What kind of needle are you using?
If you are new to quilting, you might be using a Universal needle?  This
has a rounded end.  If you try a more sharply pointed needle that might
help?  I agree with Hanne about the thread - some just does that!  Are
you using cotton or polyester or a mix?  It will be worth trying a few
combinations.  Also, is the bobbin thread the same or similar to the top
thread?  That sometimes makes a difference.
Have you checked under the bobbin to make sure there is no fluff?
All sorts of things can cause your symptoms (unfortunately, as it means
lots of checking ...).
Good luck .
Oh - are you piecing or quilting when the thread breaks?
If you are quilting, the tension should be reduced.  Some machines like
this to be almost zero.
Also, if you are quilting, the thread might be 'shredding' on the fabric
...
So, sorry, there are all sorts of reasons.  Mine usually works again
after I've tried all the above + plus checking that I've got the correct
foot on...
It might have to go to the SM doctor's if all the above offer no
improvement.

Pat on the green  


Mega quilter problems
I have had a Mega Quilter for a few years and despite going back to the mak
er for new tension unit and a service, I cannot get it to sew reliably, par
ticularly free machine quilting. To be honest I have given up and am starti
ng to hand quilt if I want a pattern.  It takes longer but it's not as frus
trating.  Sorry I can't be more help, but don't assume it is you. It might  
be worth checking with an engineer.  

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On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:55:38 AM UTC-6, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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kipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensio
ns, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the t
hread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilti
ng, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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I was having the same problems, and it was the needle. Every quilt deserves
 a new needle. It needs to be sharp and big to make the hole and not shred  
your thread. So, every project you need to thing about your thread size if  
your quilting or piecing and also if you have the cruise control or not. Th
e sewing machine lady at Joann's is usually very helpful.

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On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 5:55:38 AM UTC-8, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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kipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensio
ns, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the t
hread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilti
ng, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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I use only silk covered cotton thread and it seems to help. This machine is
 annoying sometimes and very touchy I find. I also can never remember how t
o thread it because it is so difficult.

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On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:55:38 AM UTC-6, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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kipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensio
ns, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the t
hread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilti
ng, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:31:32 PM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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 skipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tens
ions, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the
 thread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quil
ting, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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problem. the thread keeps breaking It is like it is getting snagged on some
thing. It is very frustration. I do not know what to do. I will try the top
stich needle.
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On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:55:38 AM UTC-8, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrot
e:
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kipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensio
ns, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the t
hread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilti
ng, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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I also bought a used, well cared for Mega Quilter - owner is a friends, and
 I trust her in the fact she has had this machine serviced.  I did a small  
project first, didn't have any problems ... now I've got a full size quilt  
on the frame and the thread keeps breaking.  I've changed the needle, I'm u
sing good quality thread ... I sew for just a few inches and thread breaks  
... I'm going to check and make sure I put the bobbin in correctly.  Best t
o all my quilter siblings.  Lois.

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On Friday, 20 May 2016 09:59:32 UTC-4, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com  wrote:
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 skipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tens
ions, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the
 thread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quil
ting, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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nd I trust her in the fact she has had this machine serviced.  I did a smal
l project first, didn't have any problems ... now I've got a full size quil
t on the frame and the thread keeps breaking.  I've changed the needle, I'm
 using good quality thread ... I sew for just a few inches and thread break
s ... I'm going to check and make sure I put the bobbin in correctly.  Best
 to all my quilter siblings.  Lois.

I am just looking at this machine about six years old with frame but have n
o idea how much is a good price

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On Wednesday, 20 November 2013 08:55:38 UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com  wrote:
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kipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensio
ns, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the t
hread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilti
ng, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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I am just looking at a six year old machine approx. with frame but have no  
idea what price it should be.  Asking 3500.00. I love Husqvarna and have tw
o other machines but not a long arm.  Can anyone give me an idea if that wo
uld be a good buy and how long do these machines last?  It has not been ser
viced but she says it works great.  HELP please

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That to much for a used one.

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When I quilt or sew with my machine OFF of the frame it works perfect. When I try to use it on the frame my thread breaks. I've cleaned, oiled, new needle etc. Doesn't make sense why is works off the frame.  

Re: Mega quilter problems
On Wednesday, 20 November 2013 08:55:38 UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com  wrote:
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kipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensio
ns, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the t
hread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilti
ng, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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I am looking at a six year old machine with frame that they are asking 3500
.00 for.  I have no idea if that is good or not.  since you have recently p
urchased a used machine can you offer any advise?  

Re: Mega quilter problems
Hello Dora,
     Take your machine in to an authorized dealer and get it serviced.  My machine is touchy and have to use the same thread on top as in the bobbin.  There is also a place on most bobbins that you can adjust the tension too.  
                    Sandy$

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On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:41:20 AM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wro
te:
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y machine is touchy and have to use the same thread on top as in the bobbin
.  There is also a place on most bobbins that you can adjust the tension to
o.  
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  I Have a mega quuilter and I am having the same problems.  What thread to
 you recommend.  Also it was mentioned in an earlier about shredding the th
read.  What causes that.  I want to have fun and feel I am reinventing the  
machine everytime I load something.  I try a scrap quilt adjust  Think OK g
ood then load a small quilt and all the same troubles again even just putti
ng in a new bobbin.  HELP

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Donna,

I have pretty much switched to Superior Threads, as they are strong, and wo
nderful for quilting. I always recommend you look at their Thread Chart, an
d select from it:

https://vw-superiorthreads.storage.googleapis.com/docs/thread-selection-gui
de.pdf

King Tut, Fantastico, and So Fine! have all done extremely well, and have p
erformed best, with very little lint.

When using a new bobbin I always adjust the tension - every time! And I che
ck that the tension is balanced between the topstitch and bobbin. If thread
s are shredding, it could be the result of several things, such as a rough  
spot along the thread feed areas. Or it could be caused by "skipped stitche
s".


Polyester is what I now use for most quilting, both topstitch and bobbin.

Al


On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:53:25 AM UTC-6, snipped-for-privacy@msdsc.us wrote:
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 My machine is touchy and have to use the same thread on top as in the bobb
in.  There is also a place on most bobbins that you can adjust the tension  
too.  
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to you recommend.  Also it was mentioned in an earlier about shredding the  
thread.  What causes that.  I want to have fun and feel I am reinventing th
e machine everytime I load something.  I try a scrap quilt adjust  Think OK
 good then load a small quilt and all the same troubles again even just put
ting in a new bobbin.  HELP


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On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:55:38 AM UTC-6, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrot
e:
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kipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensio
ns, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the t
hread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilti
ng, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Dora,

In my case, the "skipped stitches" problem turned out to be a bad X-axis en
coder. I spent several weeks troubleshooting ours, and it now works perfect
ly!

The problem was that the encoder would stop turning for a fraction of a sec
ond. The fix included:

1. Replace the X-axis encoder with a new one, and
2. Add spring-loaded assist to each encoder.  

NO problems since!

I blogged about this issue in several articles on my Learning to Quilt blog
:

http://www.startingtoquilt.com/search?q=mega+encoder

Al

Mega quilter problems
I had same issues.  I even brought it into my dealer twice and they found n
othing wrong with it. I finally realized that I had missed the very last th
read guide right near the needle. I had been doing this since I've got the  
machine. Once I found that thread guide it kept the thread straight and hav
en't had an issue since. so simple once you know the answer. Good luck!

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