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8 Reasons Why Your Upper Thread Is Shredding On Your Embroidery Machine

Here are some reasons why your top thread might be shredding while you’re embroidering! Starting machine embroidery  is definitely a challenge, and troubleshooting is hard.  Often when you’re top thread is shredding, it’s caused by when the thread goes through the eye of the needle or while it’s going through the thread guides.  1. A dull or bent needle How long has it been since you’ve changed that needle? It might be time to swap it out! A needle only lasts about 8-10 hours of stitching, this amount of time may vary depending on what you are making. It’s good to have lots of needles on hand! 2. The needle is too small Your needle might be too small, meaning that the eye is too small for the thread to go through. You can fix this by going up a size needle, for example, if you are using size 75/11, you may want to size up to 80/12 or even 90/14. I suggest using Schmetz embroidery needles. It's also important that you are using embroidery specific needles, not sewing needles. 3. T

Why You Should Use A Thread Stand When Machine Embroidering

There are many reasons why a thread stand is a good idea! And I’m going to share a few of them! Do you have any of these problems? - Thread is bird-nesting under the fabric - Thread is shredding - Thread is getting tangled around everything - Needles are breaking - Bobbin thread is showing on top Or other problems that I haven’t listed… The above problems are things that can  be caused by not using a thread stand. Don’t want to spend the money on a thread stand? Or maybe the shipping will take to long? Whatever your reason is for wanting an alternative to a thread stand, here’s the alternative you can use! A cup behind your machine! Not only does it act just like a thread stand, but you probably already have one laying around your house! I definitely suggest using a plastic cup, we don't want any glass cups breaking! Here's an example of a cup behind your machine (yellow) Reasons to get a thread stand (or use a cup behind your machine): 1. Gives the

Why Bobbin Thread Is Showing On The Top Of Your Embroidery Design

Almost all of us have been there! Having bobbin thread show through on the top of your embroidery project is so annoying, especially when you don't know why!  Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself and how to fix them so you can prevent your bobbin thread from showing on top! Have you cleaned the race? The other day, my bobbin thread was showing on top! And I went through all of these questions and fixed them, but nothing would work!  Before I adjusted my tension (I always suggest to do whatever you can to fix the problem before adjusting tension) I tried this neat trick (I just added this to the other article), and surprisingly enough, it worked! Here’s what you do: Take a business card and use it to get the lint out from where the bobbin thread goes. You don’t want to use anything that with scratch your bobbin case.  Here’s a picture to show you how: Is your bobbin upside down? Make sure that you haven’t put your bobbin in upside down. Take th

Why Your Machine Embroidery Needle Keeps Breaking

Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself and how to fix them so you can prevent breaking all those needles! Is the needle pushed all the way up? Before your needle broke, was it pushed all the way up? This one is an easy fix, when putting in your next needle, make sure it is pushed all the way up and tighten it as much as you can.  Is the needle in properly? You’ve pushed the needle all the way up and tightened it as much as you can so it’s not loose, but did you put it in properly? You want to make sure the flat part of the needle is facing towards the back of your machine.  Is the embroidery foot on correctly? When your needle broke, did it hit the embroidery foot? This might mean that you’re embroidery foot isn’t on correctly. What you can do to fix this is to take off the embroidery foot and put it back on. When you are putting it back on, make sure you’re putting it on correctly and tighten as much as you can.  Was your needle bent? Was your n