Thread breakage problem on a long arm quilting machine with multiple users
We have a long arm quilting machine that is being used by a group of people. Some of us have little or no problem with thread breakage while others experience severe problems (every 3-4 inches).
In general, it is the trainees who experience the problems. We have had the "no problem people" work through the setup process with the trainees and still they have problems. We have gone through all the standard fixes, re-thread, new needle, check tension, new thread, all to no avail. Frequently the "no problem" individual will use the machine right after the trainees, only changing the quilt and the thread with no problems.
What is going on?
We want the machine to be available to the entire group.
Sue, I moved your question to it's own page, as it is a very specific question about thread breakage.
I am a domestic machine quilter and do not use a long arm machine, so to my readers, please do leave your suggestions via the 'comments' link below to help Sue with this snarly problem.
Sue, from what you have written a couple of things pop out to my novice eyes.
If the problem is specific to the 'trainees' and you've mentioned that they've switched out the quilts on the machine...is it possible that something is different with the way they load the quilt or the batting that they are using?
The second thought it that they are moving the machine perhaps too fast or too slow for the speed of the machine. (If it's a stitch regulated machine, then this wouldn't be the case.
I wish I personally be of more help, but I'll have to depend on our visitors for assistance with this problem.