When I finished piecing my crazy patch rose mug mat, I thought that the Wonderfil Accent threads I ordered a while ago would be perfect to experiment with. I got quite frustrated on the first one when the thread kept shredding at the needle, so I did some research and reached out to a friend. Thanks, Monika!
After much experimenting, I solved the problem and was able to do this test piece without a break in the thread.
After trying everything else that was recommended, I came across something about scratches or nicks in the throat plate. Upon examining mine, I noticed that mine had them and when I lowered the threaded needle, I could see that it was rubbing against the front of the plate where it was scratched. I consulted with my husband, he sanded it for me, and it worked.
I finished the second mug mat without a break! Very happy!
Here are the tips that I found:
1. Change needle type and size. I ended up using a metafil 80/12.
2. Loosen tension
3. If thread is on a cone, feeding it from a cup behind the machine will help. I added a taped on plastic covered paper clip to feed it through following a friends suggestion. She uses a safety pin.
4. Check for scratches or burs on throat plate. Worked for me!
Finally, I did say last week that I would post a picture of my finished Infinity scarf and hat. It's not my best picture , but here it is. I look a little mischievous, I think.