Skip to main content

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!

Are you new to machine embroidery? If so, you might want to start here!

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. Thread brand

The brand of thread you are using can have a big effect. The thread may be too thin or bad quality. I suggest that if you’re going to purchase thread, read the reviews and see what others are saying about it. I use New Brothread and have had little to no problems!

4. Something is in the upper thread path

There might be something, like a little piece of thread, stuck in the upper thread path. You can clean the upper thread path by using the little cleaning brush or even a make-up brush. 

5. Threading the machine with the presser foot down

When you’re threading the machine, you want to make sure that the presser foot is up. If the presser foot is down when you are threading the machine, it will mess up the tension and can cause various problems, including thread shredding. 

6. Thread is not going through all of the thread guides

Check that the thread is in all the thread guides, don't miss the #6 thread guide that is just above the needle. The best way to fix this one is to slowly rethread the machine and make sure the thread is going through all of the thread guides.

7. Not using a thread stand

Sometimes using the spool holder in your machine can even cause your thread to shred. Giving the thread time before it starts going through the machine is huge. This extra time allows the thread to be loose and release loose knots on its own. Using a thread stand can fix a lot of problems, you can read more about why you should use a thread stand here.

8. Bobbin case has a nick in it

Read the article on more reasons why your upper thread could be shredding before you do this step! Replacing the bobbin case should be your last resort, but sometimes your bobbin case can get nicks in it that can shred the thread. Make sure that if you're getting a new bobbin case it will fit your machine. If you have the se600 you will know it will work with your machine if the description states that it works with the se400!

If none of these work for you, here is an article on more reasons why your upper thread is shredding!

Be sure to like and leave a comment and let me know what you think! And don't forget to subscribe to get notified for our next blog post!


Popular posts from this blog

10 Things You Need To Start Machine Embroidery Today

How to start machine embroidery! Here’s everything that you need to get started with machine embroidery! Without spending too much! Are you interested in sewing? Here's an article for 10 things you'll need to start sewing! 1. You are going to need an embroidery machine . You can use any embroidery machine you want. Here are a couple examples: The Brother se600. This machine can do both sewing and embroidery, and is the best budget embroidery machine! I highly suggest this machine. The brother pe550D! This is an embroidery only machine, with awesome Disney embroidery designs! The brother se1900. I recommend the Brother brand for sewing and embroidery machines. 2. You are going to need somewhere to get your embroidery designs from! You can find some in my Etsy shop here ! I also suggest Creative Fabrica ! This site also has tons of embroidery designs ! For now, you can even just use the designs built into your machine! Read how to transfer the designs

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 the questions from this article 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 upsi

How To Transfer Embroidery Designs To USB Stick To Embroidery Machine

Ever bought a machine embroidery design from somewhere like Etsy  or Creative Fabrica and not known how to transfer that to your embroidery machine? Or have you just purchased a design and don't know how to now transfer that design to your embroidery machine? Either way, here's how! After you have purchased an embroidery design, you will most likely get a zip file. First, you want to unzip the file. On a Chromebook you will double-tap the file On windows, you will want to right-click the file and select the option unzip  And on a Mac, you will right-click on the file and click into services, from there you will want to click unzip Yay! Now you have successfully unzipped the file! After that, you will want to drag the format that your machine uses (for example Brother is PES) to where the USB is in files.  Or you can click the format, click CTRL+C and click into the USB in files, and click CTRL+V. If you’re not sure which file format you need, no worries! You