Reduce your tension to the lowest setting you have, stand your thread upright on your machine and slow your speed down. I can also recommend using Superior Top Stitch 90/14 needles.
I know satin is a delicate fabric, but if you are having that many problems, maybe your should try a 14 needle...have you been on the Coats & Clarks website to see what they recommend for the pearlized thread? Perhaps a call to their customer service department for advice may help(?)...Good Luck and I hope you can finish your project...
I was afraid to use anything bigger than a 80/12 on satin for fear of gaps in the stitches. I did not try to call the company...but right now I think I'm going to take it back to JoAnns. I finished my project by rotating the balance wheel by hand for nearly 2 hours. Thanks for the suggestions though. ~Rita
Whats the name/brand of the thread? Maybe we can find what the manufacturer recommends. Perhaps a metallic needle?
The thread is Coats & Clark. I have gone through 3 metallic needles and 2 75/11 needles. I have just started rolling the balance wheel by hand. It is still shredding the thread every 100 stitches or so...but no broken needles. I just came out to run an internet search also. The thread is labeled a metallic...but is pearilized. It's very pretty, but definately not worth the $9.99. Thanks for your assistance. I truly appreciate it. ~Rita
Well, after reading all it sounds like your machine hates this thread-it happens.
I used to have issues with C&C but now I use metro. Its a pain because your in the middle. Sorry not more help.
Interesting, I've never had any trouble with C&C and I love their sheen. It is not the thread brand I use the most, but I do have 15-20 spools that I really on quite often. I think alot of it is just the machines sensitivity...after so mush trouble with the pearl mettalic...I went on to stitch out silver metallic letters with Quitterman without another hitch! Go figure :} ~Rita
Rita, it might be the design you are using - if it is dense - the Pearlized embroidery thread is much thicker and might need you to use a larger needle and also - just bobbin thread - which I never suggest, usually. Make sure you use a thread stand if you can and a net around the thread, too.
Thanks for the input Shirlene. I apprecaite your expertise. I have tried metallic needles, 75/11, & 80/12 with no difference. I am using 2 layers of stabilizer due to using satin material, and the design is really not that dense IMO..it is a 5"x7" design and 19,927 stitches. I am able to stitch with regular metallic thread on the design without any trouble...but this stuff is a totally different experience. When using metallics, I put the spool in a short glass container atleast 6 ft from the machine...I run it up my mag light and through a drinking straw that is taped to the arm of the mag light, then it draps down and goes through a styrofoam peanut before going through the normal threading process/tension area. I've found that this manner allows the metallic thread to untwist and relax and I typically have very little problems. This is the second time I've stitched out this exact design and I used metallic on the 1st stitchout just fine. This stuff is very elegant looking, but has been a nightmare for me. I'm thinking that I may take the thread back when I'm done since it is not worth the effort. Thanks again. ~Rita
Oop! meant 'experience'.