Thanks for the article, Roberta. I'm going off to read it in just a minute.
And I'll be having a look a the sole plate too! Sometimes I have heard
a little crunchy sound right around the time the thread starts to
thread, which made me wonder if I wasn't hitting the plate somehow. I
thought maybe the needle was hitting the side, although in watching it,
I never saw it get pulled off center to the point that it should do
Hmmm. You know, I just realized something. When I first started
practicing, I simply set my stitch length to zero and didn't worry about
the feed dogs. Later, I found a well-hidden switch that allowed me drop
my feed dogs, and I'm thinking that's when my thread shredding problem
may have started.... Something to investigate.
Michelle in Nevada, USA
> Here's a dissertation on threads (thanks to whoever posted this link a
> long time ago):
> After you've waded through all the theory, changed needles, etc., your
> thread might still break. Have a good look at the sole plate where the
> needle goes down. Sometimes there's a rough spot, which you can fix
> with an emery board. Might also just be old thread. Or maybe, in the
> case of wild specialty threads, you might be trying to force a
> relationship that just wasn't meant to be. Not that that ever stopped
> Roberta in D
> On Tue, 04 Aug 2009 07:11:32 -0700, "Michelle C."
>> Okay all you FMQs, I've taken your advice and worked on my speed.
>> Counter-intuitively to me, I've got to move my quilt slower, but keep
>> the speed up on my machine. So far, so good (although my stitches are
>> kind of small). The tension is right, and the "eyelashes" on the back
>> are gone.
>> Next problem--breaking thread. I had this problem when my tension was
>> off, and I assumed the two were related. Nope. The thread is actually
>> shredding. And strangely enough, when I first gave this a go on my
>> sample block a few weeks back, I don't recall breaking thread being an
>> Michelle in Nevada, USA
>> P.S. I looked at some videos of FMQ online. My goodness, these people
>> make it look easy.