Help! Thread breaking at back of feet

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I am new to sewing and using a sewing machine, but decided to try making a
quilt.  I have a Singer Model 140Q (Quilt and Sew).  I have been able to get
the machine to sew, but after 1 to 10 inches, the top thread breaks where it
comes out from the feet.  I have been holding onto the bobbin and top
threads as they come out from under the feet per the instruction manual.  It
does not matter how I set the tension on the top thread - the thread still
snaps after a brief period of successful sewing.  It looks as though
something might be catching the thread , but if so, I don't understand why
the bobbin thread survives intact.  Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks,

Molly



Re: Help! Thread breaking at back of feet
Could be a sharp place on the needle........put in a new one and see what
happens..........

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Re: Help! Thread breaking at back of feet
Thanks for replying!  I replaced the needle but that doesn't make any
difference.  It looks as though the thread breaks after the point where it
comes in contact with the needle.  Do you have any other suggestions?

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Re: Help! Thread breaking at back of feet
You say you are holding the threads.   Don't want to sound patronising, but
are you continuing to hold them after starting sewing?  This would cause
them to break.  Also, you should be holding them at the back of the work,
not to the front.

Margaret

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that doesn't make any sense. The threads are locked into the fabric after
the first 2 stitches, and whenther you cnotinue to hold the ends as you keep
sewing shouldn't matter at all.

My advice would be to check for proper threading: making sure that the
threads aren't somehow wrapped around the presser foot as you start, or for
a snap somewhere.

Penny S



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Possibly a rough patch down in the bibbin area: have you cleaned that
all out and made sure there are no nicks, scratches, or rust spots on
which things could be catching?  Also, make sure that the bobbin is
inserted in the bobbin case the right way round, and that the bobbin is
seated properly: if you have a removable bobbin case, make sure it is
properly in its hole, or the latch could be catching your thread.

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Re: Help! Thread breaking at back of feet
Wellllllllllllll---------could the bobbin tension be too tight??

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What type of material are you sewing, and are you using the right type
of needle for that type of material?   What is your stitch length set
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Re: Help! Thread breaking at back of feet
I am not the most knowledgeable person on this group, I just read it a lot -
but I was having a similar problem, so I found this article and it was my
bobbin tension.  Since it hadn't been adjusted in years, I guess it had
finally gotten out of whack.  My thread wasn't feeding through the bobbin
properly and would continually look like it was catching and break.  I
changed needles, etc, no luck.  So I found this article (link below), and
after trying the bobbin test on page 7 & 8, I found that the tension was
off.  I also opened a new spool of thread, because I was also able to
determine my thread was 'old'. My problem is gone, and my thread doesn't
break anymore and my stitch is again well-balanced.

http://www.sewalot.com/tension_adjustments.htm

-brenda

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Re: Help! Thread breaking at back of feet
A number of people have suggested that I check the bobbin.  I am assuming
that this refers to the bobbin which, on my machine, is below the needle.
The thread coming from the bobbin is fine.  The thread that keeps breaking
is the one coming from the spool on top of the machine.  Would incorrect
bobbin tension (on the thread coming from the bobbin below the needle) cause
problems with the top thread (and not with the bobbin thread)?  I am new to
this, so I apologize if my terminology is incorrect or if I am really "out
to lunch" in understanding how this works.

Thanks, Molly

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Re: Help! Thread breaking at back of feet
did you try more than one spool of thread? Not at all unlikely to be bad
thread.


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No one mentioned this, but a common reason for thread snapping this way is that
it has caught in the notch on the thread spool. Look at the top of the spool:
is there a diagonal slit? It's meant to hold the thread in place when the
thread is stored, and if it is placed with that notch in the path of the
thread.

To avoid this happening again, just make sure the notch is placed on top if
your spool pin is vertical, and to the right if the spool pin is horizontal.

Hope this helps.

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati


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Does the top thread break so that you have to rethread the needle as well?
If so, your tension might be too tight... loosen the tension on your machine
(usually a dial right above the needle area). Sometimes my thread is not
threaded properly or it is snagged on the tension discs. I have to loosen
the tension and rethread before continuing.



Re: Help! Thread breaking at back of feet
Could the bottom plate have a nick or rough spots?  My Singer had that
problem from day 1, even after it was sent out for repair.  I actually had
to remove the plate and file it smooth periodically.
Sharon



THANKS! Re: Help! Thread breaking at back of feet
Thanks to all of you who replied to my question!  I tried a number of things
including changing needles multiple times, adjusting both top and bobbin
tension, re-threading multiple times, and following the thread to look for
rough spots.  I think the thread was breaking on a rough spot on the
needleplate.  In addition, the machine I purchased had the worst product
manual I have ever seen (although it did give clear instructions for
threading the machine and changing the needle).  It did not; however, have
any information on contacting the company by phone or email/web site.  I
decided that it was not worth the hassle to try to find the exact spot and
sand it, so I returned the machine to the store.  Problem solved!

Again, thanks for your help.

Molly



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