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I read the FAQ and such as well as Googling, and I still can't figure out what's wrong. I have an Elna 2110, a couple years old, and as far as I can remember (...which doesn't mean much) I've never changed the needle before. A week or so ago, it broke, and so I swapped it with a random no-name needle I found in my collection. Since then, the upper thread has been constantly breaking within three stitches or less.

I adjusted the upper thread tension, I checked that the bobbin is threaded correctly, that the needle is inserted correctly, made sure to have the pressure foot up when I threaded the machine... nothing. I also tried changing the thread (several times) and oiling the machine before I realized the problems started with the needle change.

So... is my machine just so picky I need to buy needles especially made for it? (There's NO standard bobbin that works in it, as far as I know--had go back to the store we bought it at and get them there.) Do I just throw this one out and try all the other needles I can find? Unfortunately, they're probably all going to be from the same pack, and since I don't remember buying them they might well be 20+ years old, and... uh, well, is that bad?

Thanks in advance!

ETA: Problem solved! THE NEEDLE WAS DEFECTIVE; it looked fine, but on a whim I switched it out for one from the same blasted package and suddenly all is well. Okay then.

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clover_elf_kin
Nov. 8th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Just edited to add that I've tried multiple threads--granted, they're all the same brand... (Gutermann, if it matters.)

Looks like I'm going shopping tomorrow! Whee, an excuse to go to a craft store... like I need more. XD
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clover_elf_kin
Nov. 8th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Guess what? IT WAS THAT ONE NEEDLE! I switched it out for one from the exact same package, and... everything's working just fine. @_@

Thank you for the advice! I've been sewing for over ten years and I've never run into this problem before, so hopefully I know what to do now if it happens again.
missychacha
Nov. 8th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
really, you should change the needle after every project or two. they can develop burrs that can break the threads
survivinglove
Nov. 8th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
+1
I believe that most manufacturers say after no more than 8 hours needles should be changed.
lindapendant
Nov. 8th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
I read a few lines of your post and thought 'change needle'. Glad you figured that out without having the need to throw the machine out of a top story window.
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