Michelle Baker

Thread catching on pigtail guide screw

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Does anyone have ideas for when the thread comes out of the pigtail while stitching and catches on the pigtail screw? ultimate II machine with wonderfil top thread and bottom line I the bobbin.

Thanks, Michelle


Michelle Baker

Missoula, MT

Michelle.Quiltz@yahoo.com

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Which pigtail, Michelle? The one on the needle bar? Or the one below the take-up lever?


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If the screw is sticking out beyond the actual pigtail and not holding the pigtail tightly, I would hazard to guess you have the screw cross threaded and you need to try to unscrew it and get it in straight.  

 

If that is not the case and the screw head is flush with the pigtail and hold it securely, I believe you may have the thread miss threaded.  I was quilting yesterday on my George, and noticed when I broke thread to move that I had more top thread than normal when I pulled up my bottom thread to cut.  Everything looked fine to me, but could not figure out what was wrong.  It was only a few thread moves later that  I found that the quilt top had pulled the thread away from the finger next to the tension spring when I was moving the quilt sandwich.  Remarkably, it did not mess up my thread tension.  

 

You may want to completely retread your machine, and also check using your manual to ensure your pigtails are secured in the proper direction.  One or all three may be slightly off, causing your problem. Good luck fixing it.

 

Cagey 


May your threads be balanced, and your bobbin forever full….

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Barb, it's the first one coming down from the take up. I replaced both since there was a groove in both and was shredding my glide thread. The screw is tight. I don't know if it is at the wrong angle. I have the hook for the screw going across the top of the screw and the screw is even with the edge. Michelle


Michelle Baker

Missoula, MT

Michelle.Quiltz@yahoo.com

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Michelle

I am not quite sure what you are saying but quite often I have to take my pliers and bend the open the pigtail a little so the head of the screw can sit down properly. Don't know if that makes sense to you.

Nigel


Brenda Wells - Green Millie. Sold November 2017
Nigel Wells - Ultimate 1 with Intellistitch & IQ.  Sold January 2019

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I had this problem too.  I put tape around the screw gap and problem solved. I also readjusted the batting at the top of the cone so that too much thread would not be pulled.  It would get caught in the screw gap when too much thread was getting through and I slowed down.  As long as I was going full speed, it did not happen.  When I slowed down the thread would get slack and get caught in the screw.

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Michelle

You can loosen the screw turn the pigtail upside down and tighten back up. This way the thread won't get caught in the groove until you get it sorted out.

Nigel


Brenda Wells - Green Millie. Sold November 2017
Nigel Wells - Ultimate 1 with Intellistitch & IQ.  Sold January 2019

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