Help! My sewing machine thread keeps breaking …This is a familiar problem for both new and old sewers alike.
Sew…what can you do?
What to do when your sewing machine thread keeps breaking?
Try this trouble shooter’s checklist to stop threads breaking and get your machine back on track right away. It’s a sure-fire approach to sorting out problems when the thread keeps on breaking and you have to keep rethreading your machine.
- Check your needle is the correct size and not bent or damaged.
- Look out for any thread that may be wound around the spool in the bobbin case.
- Check you threaded your machine correctly. As a general rule, even if everything looks fine on the top and bobbin threads, do a re-thread. Admittedly this may seem like a waste of time but it does solve a lot of machine problems. It is a bit like restarting your computer when it behaves strangely.
- Did you use a quality thread ? Getting top branded thread makes a real difference particularly when you have difficult fabrics to sew such as spandex.
- Were there any knots or snags in the thread that could get in the way and cause breakage.
- Lift up the throat plate and clean out bits of fluff. Look in your machine manual and see if there are other moveable parts that could need a gentle clean.
- Double check the bobbin and its casing as often a bit of thread may be caught there and if it has snapped off will affect your tension.
- Make sure there are no nasty nicks on the plate that will affect performance. Whenever a needle breaks there is a risk that you could put a nick in the plate that will cause tension and thread breakage problems. These are generally cheap to replace or a good sewing machine mechanic should be able to buff out any small nicks.
- Remember to always keep the needle in the up position when you draw out the thread and pull the thread backward before cutting. Perhaps you are just pulling too hard.
- Double check the tension is right for the task and fabric. Checking the tension can be a bit of a test of your patience but get out a scrap of fabric that is the same as your garment and try little changes until you get it right.
TIME SAVING TIP: If you are using the same fabric regularly, write the correct tension a scrap of fabric so you have it handy next time.
That should sort out the irritating “my sewing machine thread keeps breaking” drama! After it is fixed you’ll feel more like the Fairy Godmother than the Wicked Witch of the West!