How to avoid the “tension” of threadbreaks.

Proper thread tensioning is essential to good embroidery.  Too loose, your thread will begin looping; too tight, bobbin thread may begin to show on top and you may begin to experience frequent thread breaks which wastes time and money. Before beginning your top thread tensioning, be sure to check your bobbin thread tension as this may lead to undesirable tension results of your top thread. Proper tensions for satin stitches should reveal 1/3 bobbin and 2/3 top thread colour on the underside of the embroidery.


Thread breaks are irritating and slow the production down. A decent well-maintained machine should have very few thread breaks. Here is a checklist of common causes for thread breaks



  1. The needle should be positioned at the correct angle.
  2. Bobbin tension plays a big part in thread breaks,
    1. tighter tension may result in thread breaks
    2. loose tension may result in birdnesting
  3. Check the thread path is correct.
  4. Needles have to be changed from time to time as the point becomes burred
  5. Check the condition of the thread.
    1. Always use best quality threads
    2. Cheap threads save you pennies but costs you pounds in lost production
  6. Check the design for small stitches
    1. Sometimes the designs have to be cleaned for a smoother run
    2. Avoid using autopunch or autodigitizing software
    3. If you have a problem design please send it to us for a quick fix*