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Thread shredding on Infinity



  • Robert Parton

    I have gone the other direction for needle size as I've discovered shredding occurs when the thread is being abraded sometimes by the needle.  I use nothing but 18's now.  However, there are other factors.  I discovered I was tensioning the quilt way too tight and it was shredding thread.  I loosened up on the tension of the quilt to the point that it almost looks baggy, but it's not nearly as much of a concern as that sounds.  Top fabric is allowed to just lay on the batting, almost like floating the top as many people prefer to to do.  I leave mine connected to the top roller and do not even engage the gear lock on the right side of the frame.

    Probably not a tension issue as those problems usually show up as thread "snapping" rather than fraying.

    New needle (they're cheap) rotateto about the 5:30 position just to give the pickup a little head start.

    I've been where you are and there is nothing on the planet more frustrating.  Hope these hints help. 

  • wpullinen

    I have used only new needle and I've tried 18 in the past. I went the other direction hoping to see a difference but no luck. The 530 position I have not tried but will. I saw other posts where it was noted that slick threads tend to come out of the tension disc and to wrap it twice around to keep that from happening. Iim going to try that too but not sure what that would do to the tension requirement. Does it decrease tension requirement significantly?

    I expect a machine at this level to have this be a breeze. I've been using my Infinity for years and due to the early issues with these threads I gave up on them. I am now doing some micro quilting and would like to use the finer threads so this is a big deal for me now. I have zero issues with cotton...

  • whitneyk
    Handi Quilter
    Great answers


    For a 50# thread, a size 18 needle is recommended. Here are some other things that can cause the shredding thread.

    1. Upper tension too tight

    2. Incorrect size needle with thread

    3. Old thread or poor thread 

    4. Burr on hook

    5. Burr on needle

    6. Burr on needle bar thread guide

    7. Lint in thread guides or tension disks

    8. Needle in backwards.

    If you continue to have this issue, please feel free to contact Handi Quilter at 1-877-697-8458 M-F 8-5 MT.

    Best regards,

    Kristina Whitney
    Handi Quilter Studio Educator


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