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

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

This article is in addition to 8 reasons why your upper thread is shredding on your embroidery machine. If the 8 reasons from the last article didn’t work for you, these ones most likely will! 

   1. Lack of stabilizer/incorrect stabilizer 

It’s common for people that are new to machine embroidery to either forget about stabilizer or not even know that they need it!

You definitely need a stabilizer, if you’re not using a stabilizer then many different problems may occur. 

Not only do you need to use a stabilizer, but you’ll want to make sure you’re using the correct stabilizer! 

Recommended read: Guide to the three main machine embroidery stabilizers

   2. Improper hooping 

Ensure that you’re hooping tight enough and that the inner hoop is not upside down (shown in the picture). Match up the two small arrows on the tops of the hoops.

When you’re hooping make sure that you’re not pulling the fabric tighter after it hoops, this will cause the finished product to not look as good, have puckering and will cause you tons of problems along the way, like your thread shredding. 

Recommended read: How to hoop fabric for machine embroidery

   3. The bobbin is upside down

This is very common and one of the biggest causes of machine embroidery problems.

Make sure that you have put the bobbin into the case correctly. 

Recommended read: How To Wind And Install The Bobbin On Your Sewing Machine

   4. Wrong weight of bobbin thread

There are two different bobbin thread weights, 60wt or 90wt. Check your machine manual to find out which weight you should be using.

   5. Are you embroidering a towel or thick fleece? Are you using wash away/water-soluble stabilizer on top?

If you are embroidering a towel or thick fleece, make sure that you are using a water-soluble stabilizer on the top. This can not only prevent your needle from breaking but also help prevent the design from sinking into the material. 

If none of these work for you, and the reasons in this article didn't work, it might be time for you to get your machine serviced. 

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Are you still having problems? Recommended read: Machine embroidery troubleshooting fixes guide


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