What cause thread brakes?
Embroidery interruptions can be caused by many factors from bad thread to improper timing. In order to minimize interruptions during stitching it is important to keep these vital elements in mind to get the most out of your pattern.
- Proper digitizing for the fabric and pattern being sewn
- Proper embroidery machine maintenance and settings
- Correct backings and/ or toppings for the application
- Proper needle type and size
- Quality embroidery threads
- What is causing thread breaks?
- Check tension: Re-threading you machine properly or checking to make sure it is not stuck somewhere and this does not allow the thread to stitch smoothly. Also tension may be too tight for the thread application or too loose not allowing the machine to pull up the thread properly causing the thread to birds-nest.
- Bad Needle: The needle might not have been installed properly. Needle needs to be pushed up all the way in the needle bar with the eye facing forward. Is the needle damaged? A broken needle may not be visible with the naked eye. Also the wrong needle might be being used on your machine. Needs to be 75/11 with the rounded where it is inserted.
- Lack of oil in the rotary hook: Every 2-4 hours of constant use the rotary hook should be lubricated with oil for your machine to run smoothly and last you longer.
- Bad Design: Poor digitizing of a design or pattern will cause poor stitching and cause a lot of thread breaks. Too small of a design or too dense a design will also create thread breaks.
- Bad Thread: Old thread will break down and deteriorate. Use quality threads as shown in video. Also how your thread is being stored. Embroidery thread should be stored in a cool, dry conditions away from excessive light.
- Wrong timing: Improper timing may cause thread breaks and fray thread.
- Wrong needle depth: Refer to Redline Video
- Not hooping properly: First of all, make sure the proper hoop size is being used for the design that will be stitched. Use the smallest hoop possible to minimize flagging (when the material moves up with the needle minimizing the size of the needle loop which can cause excessive skips and thread breakage. There should be no wrinkles, waves, or grooves withing the embroidery hoop. Using proper backing has an impact on the quality as well. Using quality backing that provides stability in all direction of the stitch pattern should be used. Too think of backing will cause a lot of stress on the tread and can create thread breaks.
- Needle Plate hole damage: Check if there is any damage
- Press foot too high: