Return to the Embroidery Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
brother pc8500

Posted by audrey_ga (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 7, 04 at 17:47

I bought this machine used. I have been practicing and I thought I was doing well. Yesterday I broke two needles while trying to embroid block letters. I put everything away until today. I tried a different fabic and broke two more needles. The machine will sew, I seem to be having trouble with the embroidering. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: brother pc8500

Try changing the bobbin. I have found that most times when I break a needle while embroidering, either the thread gets caught on something or my bobbin is bad (wound too tight, knotted). I normally use prewound bobbins on my 8500. I use the L cardboard sided, and remove the top cardboard before using. Have had my machine for about 6 years and rarely do I have a problem.


 o
RE: brother pc8500

Hi, Audrey - I have a PC8500. Make sure the needle is not too large (I usually use an 11 for embroidery). Also, take it all apart in the bobbin area and clean it, and take the cover off the left side where the thread tension is and clean there - even tiny little bits of thread or fuzz can mess it up.

I also tend to have trouble with designs where part stitches on top of something already stitched. It makes a lot of noise and tends to break the thread when it's punching through the first embroidery. Usually fine thread and a fine needle help.

Also, make sure you don't have your design "over-stabilized". I was doing some free standing lace ornament covers and using the 2 layers of WSS they recommended in the instructions, and discovered that one layer is plenty and the machine didn't have to work nearly so hard.


 o
RE: brother pc8500

Also check to make sure that your thread is coming off the spool freely. I had a needle break tonight because the thread had gotten caught on the little topper thingy (technical term) that goes on the thread spool.

Also, some designs are just too dense, and unless you can slow your machine WAY down, you'll have a problem with some designs being too densely digitized. Hope this helps!


 o
RE: brother pc8500

Good point about the spool thread hanging up. I've had that happen too. The PC8500 does not allow you to change the speed when it's embroidering (a serious oversight, IMHO!)


 o
RE: brother pc8500

I also have a 8500 and I found my trouble was that when I switched from regular sewing to embroidery, I was not changing to a embroidery needle. When I finally got tired of the thread or needle breaking and got out my embroidery needles I had no more problems. Hope this helps. I love my machine, I do a lot of embroidery for baby blankets and also for my 10 grandchildren, they have to have the latest super heroes. If I can be of help, email me.


 o
RE: brother pc8500

I just got mine used it will work 30 min say top thread broken and its not!!!!! Help I have so many ideas I really want to get this running...


 o
RE: brother pc8500

Can anyone tell me where I can get someone to repair my PC8500 Emb. machine. I live in the Tampa St. Pete area. I cannot get my emb. arm to move out of storage position. i've tried needle up and it still does not work I need help. Thanks


 o
RE: brother pc8500

Not about broken needles, but could anyone tell me how to widen the stitches for borders ? Squares, circles...?? I cannot find anything in the book, and just want a heavier and wider border.
Thanks so much.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Embroidery Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here