Why does my thread keep pulling out of needle?

2ajsmamaApril 13, 2010

I'm so frustrated! I did a lot of practicing with my machine yesterday, no problem, just a bleached cotton/muslin scraps. As soon as I tried to use an old napkin that I didn't think was that much thicker, my thread started pulling out of the needle. Changed the spool thinking the old thread (stryofoam sppo) wasn't spinning freely, it worked for a little bit, but now the same thing is happening again. The tension is down close to zero, I can't adjust it much lower!

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kathi_mdgd

Try adjusting your tension up a little,and hope your new thread is not on a foam spool,those are usually those threads you get for 5 or 10 for a dollar and they are no good.Also change your needle,it may have a burr on it.Thread and unthread it again,perhaps you missed a step,easy to do,especially if you're rushing,not saying you are.Just some suggestions.HTH
Kathi

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 3:01PM
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2ajsmama

OK, I tried using the plastic spools instead of my mom's old foam ones, I went slowly and it pulled out a few times but eventually was OK. Adjusted the tension to a 2.

I have some thread of my mom's that matches the fabric I want to use for cushions perfectly, I don't think she ever used it (maybe for hand sewing?) since the spool's not chewed up, I sure hope that doesn't give me the problems the white stuff did!

I kept adjusting the tension *down* the more I had the problem, guess I should have left it alone and replaced the spool first thing.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 3:06PM
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kathi_mdgd

I keep my tension set at between 4 1/2 to 5 for normal sewing.I have a viking Rose and it self adjusts.
Good luck.
Kathi

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 3:21PM
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shadylady2u

Are you sewing and then it pulls out or does it pull out when you begin to sew? If it's when you begin, make sure you have enough thread pulled out to get you started.
Otherwise, while using a good thread is very important, I'm not sure that would cause your problem. Your tension setting shouldn't have to be that low either. Do you have a presser foot setting? Maybe that's too tight? What size needle are you using? Maybe the wrong size. Try rethreading too, like kathi said.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 5:02PM
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2ajsmama

I haven't touched the pressure foot setting, but I will try changing the needle - I used it to sew through sticky Velcro a few weeks ago, and while it didn't seem to give me a problem when I was using the black thread on the scrap fabric, once I switched to white thread (first a foam spool, then a plastic, and both near the end) it started pulling out soon after starting, not even catching the bobbin thread.

This is a cheap machine - Shark EuroPro 384. I've always (not that I sew much) sewn with the tension down around 3-4. Any more than that and I would break thread.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 5:20PM
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oilpainter

The sticky velcro is not meant to sew through. In fact it is not meant for sewing at all. It is meant for sticking on to metal or wood. You are lucky that all it did is gum up the needle.

I'm not surprised you had trouble trying to sew with the needle that went through that guck

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 6:30PM
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Marg411

Are you starting every time with your needle at it's highest position? On most machines, if you don't, the thread will come out of the needle every time. It doesn't matter how long of a "tail" you have out for starting.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 8:02AM
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2ajsmama

Oh, I thought you were supposed to lower the needle by hand (dial), then use the foot pedal.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 12:05PM
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mary_c_gw

Actually, the surest way to not have the needle unthread itself is to hold both the needle thread and the bobbin thread tails as you start.

I never lower the needle by hand, simply not necessary.

I hope you changed your needle after your velcro adventure.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 1:14PM
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msmeow

Before you sew with the old thread, make sure it's still good. Unroll some and pull on it...if it breaks easily, throw it away and buy new thread. Thread can dry rot with age.

Donna

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 5:03PM
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nicole__

I inherited my grandmothers shoe box of thread. :0) It's polyester, not cotton.....which is best. But.....it catches on the slotted spools,pulls then breaks! Since I'm going through 3-4 spools per upholstery project I'm putting up with it. I have to keep checking the spool to make sure the thread is still loose.....:0) I've purchased LARGE, cone shaped spools of professional quality thread for future projects.....:0)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 9:04PM
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mary_c_gw

If your thread is catching on the slot, turn the spool over! If the spool pin is upright that slot should be on the bottom. If the spool pin is horizontal, that slot should be to the back.

And if your thread is your grandmother's, you should probably toss it and get new.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 4:27PM
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Marg411

Yes, lower it by hand, I didn't make myself clear. BUT, before you lower it, make sure you have a "tail" of both threads, hang on to them with one hand, and lower the needle. If you don't start in that "upper" position before you lower your needle into your fabric, it will still unthread.
Another thing to check, are you sure you have your thread through all the guides properly, and is your needle threaded correctly? Silly question, but easy sometimes to not get the thread caught in a guide.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 5:19AM
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bgstock

Finally, since I started using the hand held threader I was bringing the thread from the back to the front which is wrong. Use the threader so you use the threader from the front to the back. Problem solved after 4-5 hours.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 2:26PM
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myclementine

Do you know why but mine has been doing that as well. I also am having a lot of bunching under the fabric so the bobbin must be doing something crazy. I lowered my tension to 2 and I think it helped. I will try and hold both threads as I start.

What is the best thread to use? A girlfriend who quilts only uses cotton so I have been using that but I am new to sewing and wanted to ask here.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 4:05PM
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myclementine

Do you know why but mine has been doing that as well. I also am having a lot of bunching under the fabric so the bobbin must be doing something crazy. I lowered my tension to 2 and I think it helped. I will try and hold both threads as I start.

What is the best thread to use? A girlfriend who quilts only uses cotton so I have been using that but I am new to sewing and wanted to ask here.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 4:14PM
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shadylady2u

If it's bunching underneath, it's the top thread, not the bobbin, that's the problem.
Adjust the top tension. Also, rethread your machine and make sure you're using the correct size and type of needle or try a new needle.
I like polyester thread and prefer Gutterman. Whether your use poly or cotton, make sure it's a good quality thread and not the bargin no name kind.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 12:15PM
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myclementine

I need to learn more about tension.
I went through my thread and some that are brand new mercerized cotton coats & clark pulled apart! What the heck???

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 12:14PM
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Debra Wright

Another thing to check is to make sure your bobbin is in it's case in the correct direction, so that the thread is being pulled from the right way.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 2:26PM
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