How do I stop loose threads?
Nylon or metal inserts inside a nut (sometimes called a “lock nut”) can add extra friction to prevent loosening. A related idea is to fit a spring inside the nut, which firmly grasps the bolt threads and is designed to move in the opposite direction of the nut if vibration or other forces cause it to unwind.
Why does my metallic thread keep breaking?
The main reason why metallic threads constantly break is that it’s a synthetic thread type. This makes it stiffer especially compared to Rayon, which is noticeably softer to the touch. Polyester is also a synthetic thread, but it is not as stiff as Metallic.
A dirty shuttle race, improper thread routing or incorrect thread tension can break the bobbin thread in a sewing machine. Unplug the sewing machine and check thread routing according to guidelines in your owner’s manual. Reroute the thread correctly if necessary.
What setting should my sewing machine be on?
Most sewing is done in the 2.0 to 2.5 range. If you are foundation paper piecing, you may want to decrease your stitch length so that the paper tears away easier. Top stitching and quilting are usually done in the 3.0 to 3.5 range.