Quilting T-shirt material
Quilting machine works great but ran into problems when quilting T-Shirt material for a T-shirt quilt (breaking thread).
Any recommendations on adjustments or setting changes to make to avoid this problem in the future?
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Short answer first! :D
If you've already tried a brand new needle, then I'd first try a larger one.
Then I'd try a Universal.
I'm sure you've backed your quilt with a woven and some sort of packaged batting. I'm assuming that you've probably also added an interfacing of some sort to stabilize the knit T-shirt fabrics. The point on the Universal is meant to be used with both wovens and knits and it'd be worth at least a try.
Now for the longer answers if that doesn't work.
If the thread is shredding and then breaking, it's a sign of friction. Somewhere the thread is rubbing too much as it winds its way through your machine.
The needle eye could be too small—use a larger needle. The Metallic or Topstitching needle have the largest eyes—2mm is standard regardless of the size of the needle. The Metallic needle also has a deep groove down the front it to protect the thread as it moves back and forth through the quilt sandwich until finally being captured in a stitch. That type of needle would be worth a try.
If the needle isn't large enough, that would be causing abrasion as the thread is pushed and pulled through the sandwich before it becomes a stitch. (The thread goes back and forth through the fabric around 30 times before its a stitch.)
Thread breaks or snaps...
This is a sign that either the tension is too tight (if the bobbin thread shows on the top, it's a sure sign...but I bet you already know that!) or the thread is catching or snagging somewhere.
If your spool has a notch in it, make sure the thread is coming off the opposite end so it doesn't catch on it (a crosswound spool uses a horizontal pin, stacked threads on a spool need a vertical pin).
There is some particularly good advice in the comments section of our page, "Thread breakage problem ona long arm quilting machine with multiple users"
, that you might find helpful, too, particularly if you are using a long arm machine...and I think maybe that's the case because of the wording in your question. (Am I correct?)
Let me know if these tips help.
In the meantime, Readers, how do you solve your breaking thread problems? Please share your experience.