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What Causes Thread Breaks?

23rd September 2008

What Causes Thread Breaks?

We are proud to say that, used correctly, Iris thread will experience fewer thread breaks than most other machine embroidery thread.  We’ve used this thread ourselves, quite extensively, so we know that if the thread is loaded correctly and the machines are maintained correctly, Iris thread should run smoothly and easily.

That said, we also know that there are a lot of things that can go awry when setting up a machine or running a job.  If you’ve been having issues running Iris thread, or any machine embroidery thread, you may want to check for the following problems.  Correcting these issues could get your job, and your thread, back on track.

One issue might be too much adhesive spray.   While adhesive spray can be a very useful tool, too much spray can build up on your needle.  This build-up causes the needle to drag and can break your thread.  If you use adhesive spray, use it sparingly and replace your needle is you suspect problems.

Another problem might be incorrect needle depth.   If you needle hits the hoop or the throat plate, it may split the thread causing one ply to be peeled back while the other ply continutes to sew.  Eventually, the thread will break, but your stitching prior to the break will be thinner and not usable.  If you encounter this problem, reset your needle depth and check the needle you are using for damage.

You may also find that using the right needle for the type of thread with which you are sewing and the type of fabric on which you are sewing can be a great help.  If you are using metallic thread,  make sure you use a needle designed for metallic thread.   If you are sewing knits, use a ballpoint needle which won’t leave holes in your fabric.  Using the right needle will help ensure your thread runs more smoothly.

Improper threading may also be an issue.  If you’re thread is consistently breaking, check your machine’s manual for instructions on how to thread your machine.  Make sure the thread is going through all the guides in the proper sequence.

Thread breaks can be very frustrating and costly.  The best way to avoid them is to use a high quality thread, like Iris Thread, and to make sure your machine is in top notch condition.

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