Is your top thread shredding, as opposed to snapping cleanly at the end? This can be caused by many things. If you have broken a needle recently, your machine could be out of time. In order to accomplish the magic of a perfect stitch, a whole lot of pieces-parts (needle, threads, hook, etc.) need to come together at exactly the right time in exactly the right place in relation to each other. It’s mind-boggling, really. Then a miracle happens: a stitch.
Breaking a needle, especially with a longarm, can cause your machine to go ‘out of time.’ When this happens, your thread will shred all over the place. This is not a happy occasion!
Some longarmers learn to re-time their machines themselves (see your manufacturer for instructions). Show-offs! I bite the bullet and call my local sewing machine repairman and pay for the house-call. Thank goodness for Jerry at Cathey’s Vac and Sew. He saves me time, frustration, and I don’t have to dismantle my machine to bring it in. Worth every penny.
Do you have a favorite video that shows how a stitch is made? Please let me know! And stay tuned tomorrow for more reasons why thread can shred….