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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!

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


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. 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

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!

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