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Problem threading my embroidery machine.

Sara-S

Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« on: September 14, 2020, 14:23:12 PM »
My threader was malfunctioning so I got it fixed (under warranty.). Yesterday, I finally had a chance to use it again.  I had no problems threading, except for one spool of black embroidery thread.  I can’t understand why the threader worked with all the other colors, but not that one.

Has anyone else had a similar problem? Any ideas why this would happen?
You can't scare me. I taught high school for 32 years.

Efemera

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 14:48:30 PM »
I had trouble with buttonholes... but only with black thread. Maybe it’s the dye they use.

Iminei

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2020, 15:55:03 PM »
Is it particularly thick thread?
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Sara-S

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2020, 16:48:20 PM »
No, it's the same as the other colors i was using. :thinking:
You can't scare me. I taught high school for 32 years.

Ohsewsimple

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2020, 18:04:22 PM »
Probably the dye.  Oh haven’t hit the needle threader out have you?

fajita

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2020, 18:19:08 PM »
I think the sensors might have trouble recognising the black dye. Maybe.

Sara-S

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2020, 19:45:42 PM »
When I switched to a different black thread it worked.
You can't scare me. I taught high school for 32 years.

Ohsewsimple

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2020, 22:36:07 PM »
Oh that’s good @Sara-S.  What thread were you trying to use?   I’d always use a quality thread and not something cheap. 

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2020, 10:40:29 AM »
Black threads can often be troublesome.  I know if I stitch the same design in a colour and then a black, the black will break a couple of times.

Kad

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2020, 11:22:18 AM »
I think that it's the dye that causes problems: you often find that tension needs to be adjusted for black thread wrt other colours and certainly in my machine knitting days a black yarn would knit up very differently to other colours of the same yarn. The number of times that I finished a red school jumper for DD and started a black one for DS only to have to change tension and start again as the black yarn seemed to be noticeably thicker  :facepalm:
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Greybird

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2020, 11:32:52 AM »
It's the same with shoe dye. If you look at two identical shoes - one black and the other brown or another colour, the black one will always be stiffer and harder than the other. It affects the leather differently.

Sara-S

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2020, 13:39:14 PM »
Oh that’s good @Sara-S.  What thread were you trying to use?   I’d always use a quality thread and not something cheap.
The problem thread was embroidery thread. The one that worked was regular sewing thread.
You can't scare me. I taught high school for 32 years.

Ohsewsimple

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2020, 18:50:50 PM »
Oh that’s a shame then @Sara-S.   Might be worth trying a different make of embroidery thread. 

Sara-S

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2020, 22:17:37 PM »
I will probably do just that.
You can't scare me. I taught high school for 32 years.

Sara-S

Re: Problem threading my embroidery machine.
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2020, 17:38:59 PM »
Update- bought some new black thread from a different brand and it works with the threader.
You can't scare me. I taught high school for 32 years.