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    Errghh! Thread Shredding!

    I am quilting a baby quilt on my brother 1500 S. The thread keeps shredding. The quilt has a lot of seams and I did use basting spray. I changed the needle and have adjusted the tension. I even changed thread andI decided to make a practice quilt sandwich before going back to the quilt and everything is fine on it. When I quilt on the baby quilt, it seems like every time I go over a seam, the thread shreds and breaks --ooh the language coming out of my mouth !! Please help?
    Lisa

    "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

    #2
    Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

    I used to have that problem too. I switched to a 90/14 Topstitch or Jeans Needle (depending on the fabric). The eye is bigger and the shaft is a bit sturdier. I have LESS breakage of the thread when going over seams. The other thing to try is to flip your thread on the spool pin so that it comes from the opposite direction. Sometimes that works for me.

    I also try to avoid the major seam intersections - like the center of a 4 patch or pinwheel. I also had to slow my hands down going through a curve.

    Good luck!
    Kathy Crofoot
    http://kathyscache.blogspot.com

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      #3
      Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

      I have the same machine and changing the needle fixed the problem. Sounds like you have tried everything. I just finished a quilt that had a section on the back with lots of seams and had no problems. I always pin baste so maybe the spray is your problem. Hopefully someone with experience with that will help.
      Vernona:icon_hi:

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        #4
        Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

        Oh Lisa, you're learning "Pirate Language" too? You are in good company! I think Kathy is right on with her suggestion to change the needle to 14 Topstitch or a Jeans needle and slow down.

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          #5
          Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

          I have the same machine and when it's not on the frame I always spray baste my quilt and have never had a problem. Are you doing FMQ? Make sure the lever for the feed dogs is all the way to the left. One time I thought it was but it was actually on the one next to it which is the pin-feed and kept snagging my fabric.
          Shirley aka buckeyequilter
          I work to support a sewing habit that I don't have time for, because I work!

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            #6
            Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

            I getting ready to go and buy some jean needles. Hopefully that will take care of it. It's really weird how that thread is just balling up and breaking. For as much trouble as I've had, it doesn't look too awfully bad from so many starts and stops.
            Lisa

            "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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              #7
              Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

              Have any of you tried "Sewer's Aid"? It is from Prym-Dritz. I put in on my needle hole--it is sort of like a Teflon coating. I found out about it from another quilter at a quilting class, and the quilt store that offered the class had it. It really helps keep the thread from shredding for me. It comes in a 1/2 oz. bottle, but I've had mine for 6 years.

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                #8
                Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

                Can I buy it locally or have to order online?
                Lisa

                "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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                  #9
                  Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

                  I bought the largest heavy duty needle I could find and went real slow and that helped quite a bit. I was worried the needle holes would show, but no too bad. It's ready for binding-- this little quilt has been a headache! Here's a couple pic of the quilting--first time I've done an all over pattern other than stippling. I really like it and once my thread issue improved it fairly quickly.image.jpg
                  Lisa

                  "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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                    #10
                    Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

                    Oh that is so frustrating! The quilt looks quite nice .
                    “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

                    ― Albert Pine

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                      #11
                      Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

                      I found it on the notions wall at the local quilt store in Rockport TX. The quilter recommending it was from Nebraska.

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                        #12
                        Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

                        I found Sewer's Aid at Golden Needles - the local quilt store in Rockport, TX. It last such a long time that I haven't checked other places.

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                          #13
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                          I usually use a size 16 needle on my 1500s. The needle holes go away after washing.

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                            #14
                            Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

                            Quilting thread really needs Top Stitch 90-14 needles. Also, what kind of thread are you using? Have you tried a different thread? Try King Tut thread & see if it works better for you. I've also had good luck with the plain colors of Signature 40 wt. thread. I've also used YLI, but it's linty. It creates more fuzz than King Tut. Make sure the feed dogs are totally disengaged & your stitch length is set at 0. Good luck, JCY

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                              #15
                              Re: Errghh! Thread Shredding!

                              I hate to admit this, but the only time I had trouble with the thread shredding, it turned out I had put in the new needle the wrong way...
                              Wouldn't hurt to check this,,
                              May the road rise up to meet you...
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                              Patt :icon_wave:

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