I have a new Viking Diamond, less than a month, and I am having quite a bit of problems with the thread breaking. When I am embroidering, the thread will start to ‘catapiller’ and then break. I sometimes cannot get through a pattern without this happening numerous times: I have tried different top threads (40 wt) and bobbin threads (60wt) and needles (Inspira), but nothing is helping. I was wondering is this a common problem with the Diamond? If so, how was it resolved?
There has been a lot of talk on the net about thread breaking but I have had very little trouble myself. I will see if I can post a picture of the very odd way I thread my machine. (image to come) Here are some suggestions in the meantime:
1. Fresh needle,
2. Use a Thread stand
3. Cleaning out bobbin area
4. Topstitch or titanium needle
I ALWAYS thread off a thread stand unless I am using Mettler thread on a spool.( I usually use the ultra cheap QA embroidery threads). If I get shredding I always try changing to a fresh needle – 90% of the time it fixes the problem. I only ever use topstitch or titanium needles for embroidery. I try to completely pull the bobbin area apart and clean it out before each large embroidery.
I hope this information helps.
I have found that this thread path gives me great bobbin winding. From a cone on a thread stand across to a clip in the lid (part of the HV multi-thread stand setup) then down and around the spool cap standing on the main spool pin in an upright position. Then across to the thread tension disk for bobbin winding making sure that the thread lays in the small metal bobbin winding thread guide.
I use large cones of “Rasant” thread for most of my general sewing and quilting and the embroidery threads that I use are a collection of the cheapest I can get. Usually boxes of QA embroidery thread.
When threading for embroidery or general sewing I run the thread as explained above but once around the upright spool pin then just through the standard threading path exactly as in the manual.
I have very little problem with thread breaking. I make embroidered shopping bags to sell at local markets using very large designs. I have altered my foot position on my Diamond to -1 for embroidery (Page 3.8 in manual)