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I'm hoping to get some help from machine quilters on here.  I started machine quilting using Presencia thread using a size 90 top stitch needle.  That is the same needle that Superior Threads recommends you use so I thought it would be okay.  Anyway, the thread is continuing to break and there are times when it looks like it wasn't twisted properly.  Do you all think it is the thread itself or am I using the wrong size needle?  This happens more when I'm trying a more decorative stitch, but even doing a gentle serpentine type stitch caused this to happen.  Very frustrating to say the least so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Comment by Sandy Larkey on April 20, 2016 at 7:14am

I know next to nothing about long-arm quilting machines (I presume that's what we're talking about) , but I have a bit of a word about threads.  Friend of mine, who is a long arm quilter shared with me a spool of the variegated thread she was going to use on a quilt; I was hand stitching a variegated binding down and we both thought the thread would be a perfect match.  However, it kept breaking on me about every 6 - 8 inches or so.  Finally I noticed it was breaking at every color change--any chance this is your problem?  It was a color from Superior Threads. 

Comment by Janet/MO on April 18, 2016 at 8:30pm

This is a brand new needle, but I will try a different size & see if that helps.  This top is made up of exchange blocks I received about 13 or 14 yrs ago so I really want to get it quilted so I am not going to let myself give up. 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on April 18, 2016 at 3:38pm

Well, I'm of no help here with Presencia thread, because I have never used it.  I would suggest that you switch out your needle (how long has it been in the machine?), or try a different size (80?).  I had endless problem with a bobbin one time and it turned out there was a very fine metal "burr" on the bobbin holder that was catching and breaking threads.  You never know what might be the cause.  The eyes of needles can sometimes be not quite right, or the needle might be not quite seated in the needle holder.  All of this is not to say that the ultimate problem is not with that particular brand or spool of thread.  Good luck!

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