9 comments on “Why Does My Thread Keep Breaking When I Sew?

  1. Cherrylmaree on Jun 21, 2014 2:38 am | Reply

    Hi Rosie,
    I’ve also found that if the thread is old ( given some from a friend who doesn’t sew anymore ) or has been stored in an area which gets a lot of sun that it ‘dries out’ and breaks frequently. It is fine for hand sewing but not for using in the machines. Great blog, as always, very helpful. Cheers Cm

  2. Denise Stephan on Jun 21, 2014 3:30 am | Reply

    My machine is fussy. It doesn’t like Coats and Clark thread. I cannot use bargain thread. Only, thread from Connecting Threads and Gutermann. So find the thread your machine likes. That is the problem many times. Good luck.

  3. Hello Rosie,

    This is the first time I have commented on your blogs. I read them all the time and they are very useful to many people. It is good to know all the little bits as well as how to sew. Thank you Rosie, you are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.

    Happy sewing

  4. Also check your needleplate “hole” for any nicks from hitting it with your needle. These can be smoothed out with an emery board.

  5. Thanks everyone for the additional tips, it’s always great to hear what others have found helpful too.
    Happy sewing

  6. Judith Bard on Jul 15, 2014 8:45 pm | Reply

    Fortune saw fit to smile upon me when I was surfing for some other topic related to sewing. I found the link to Rosie’s site and immediately went there. Her sewing course for creating doll clothes will enable me to learn the skills needed for creating a well made stylish outfit for the AG dolls my great niece cherishes. I cannot thank Rosie enough for sharing her knowledge.

    • Thanks Judith, I’m thrilled that you found my website too! It’s wonderful to know that I have been able to help you gain the confidence to sew beautiful doll clothes for your great niece’s AG dolls. You must be her favorite great aunty 🙂 Happy sewing

  7. I received an email from Maureen who also suggests checking around your bobbin holder for a small piece of thread or lint that is interfering with the stitch formation and to also remove and clean the Hook Race. This is the area where you place your bobbin case. It’s a good idea to clean this area regularly so just check your manual or online for how to clean your particular model of sewing machine.

    Also oiling the bobbin is done under the hook race. Never use anything but clear sewing machine oil. Just one drop. Check your manual. No more is needed. after putting everything back together, stitch a piece of scrap fabric to make sure no oil is getting onto the thread or cloth. This is the area most often needing lubrication on a sewing machine.

    You can check on line for a diagram, by looking for replacement parts using your machine model number. They generally provide a diagram showing the sequence of parts in an area. The diagram for parts will show you the sequence of layering parts for the bobbin area. Also taking photos from several angles before removing the parts is of great value.

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