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Any mothers know a thing or two about sewing?

Everytime I use my sewing machine and start sewing "The thread" I am using always tends to break and it makes me upset.. any reason to why this keeps happening?


Asked by navajomama7 at 6:18 PM on Aug. 2, 2010 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • Most machine manuals are available online. Or contact manufacturer. Old thread will break easily too, but it does sound like the tension needs to be adjusted.

    Answer by elizabr at 6:43 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • Your tension is off. If you can't adjust it yourself, you may have to take it in and have it serviced. grannywilson

    Answer by grannywilson at 6:20 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • 1) totally unthread the machine and make sure you've threaded it correctly
    2) check your tensions! if it's too tight it will snap your thread
    3) make sure you aren't accidentally getting the thread wrapped around the needle
    4) could just be cheap thread

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 6:20 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • Thanks ladies.. btw whats tension??? how do i check that?

    Comment by navajomama7 (original poster) at 6:21 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • Like granny said, its the tension (get a manual for your machine if you do not already have one). You can usually adjust it yourself.

    Also, check to see what kind of thread you are using, and that it is appropriate for the application- some threads are prone to breakage, and for decorative purposes (or very light weight fabric) and will break during the normal course of sewing a garment.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 6:22 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • on your machine, you should see a numbered dial. This is your tension, 0 is none, 9 is tight.


    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 6:24 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • I agree the tension is too tight. Adjust the tension so that it doesn't pull hard on the thread while you're sewing.
    A stronger thread might also be a good switch.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 7:11 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • It could also be that you are not using the right needle for the fabric you're sewing on, or that the needle is too old. Change your needle, and wind a new bobbin, sometimes a bobbin that isn't wound properly can cause problems, make sure that it's in facing the right direction, and as another poster said, that your machine is properly threaded. Make sure you're using good quality sewing thread. If you adjust your tension, make sure you write down the setting your tension is currently at. I've really never had to adjust tension.

    Answer by ohwrite at 12:28 AM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • If you didn't get a maual with the machine google it. Lots of them are now online. If not call the company they might send a new one and can most times help over the phone. Tension is a funny thing. With some machines you need to adjust with not only the fabric but the type of needle you are using. There should be a chart in the book telling you if you. The other thing it can be is old thread will snap no matter what you do if it is cotton based alot of times. If you have a joann's fabric or a fabric store in your town write down the machine type and go ask for help. They can alot of times help by showing you on a demo model what to adjust and how. Also if you are in a small time the sewing machie repair place can help and a quilting store.

    Answer by Wittyprncess at 11:26 AM on Aug. 3, 2010