An Easy Fix for Skipped Stitches and Breaking Thread

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Prevent Problems by Matching Needle Size and Thread Weight!

Have you ever had one of those days where the thread keeps breaking, or shreds, or the machine keeps missing stitches? Chances are there’s nothing wrong with the machine. Provided the machine is threaded correctly, it’s likely you’re using the wrong size thread with the needle.





There are many needle sizes available and each one has a differently sized eye. There are also many thread weights on the market. Each weight is a different thickness.

Anatomy of Sewing Machine NeedlesAnatomy of a sewing machine needle. Image from Wikipedia.

Threading a thick thread through a small eye can lead to problems. The reverse is true as well. Stitching will go more smoothly if the right thread weight is used with the needle you’re working with.

The following article from We All Sew explains thread weights and needle sizes, and outlines how to pair them for best results.

Click here for the “How to Pair Thread Weight with Needle Size” article.

You’ll find the recommended needles here:

Titanium Coated Topstitch Needles

Schmetz Microtex Sharp Needles

There’s additional information about needles and thread sizes in the following articles.

How to Remember What Thread Weight Means

What Are the Best Needles for Quilting?

Guide to Schmetz Machine Needles

 



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