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« on: March 23, 2014 04:37:16 PM »

I'm using size 92 thread to make some military spec bags, etc. but the theard I got seems to sloughing off this white film. Anyone have ideas on how to stop it or why the thread is doing this?

the thread is black coming off the spool, but after going through the machine and fabric, it has this white film. See below:


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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2014 10:34:51 PM »

Not sure about your style of thread, but I would guess that it is stretching. That would pull the fibers apart, and show the underlayer. Just a guess, though. And polyester is impossible to dye. It is colored while still in a liquid state, before it is spun.

Perhaps a soft pigment spray paint might fix things. As in not a hard acrylic or enamel...but something with a silicone base, for flexibility.

Just ideas. I don't know much about what you are doing with your project. If you can adjust tensions, you might try that, so the threads are not pulled so tight.

There is also a product called "Sew Ease" that lubricates your tension plates, so threads run smoother through the machine. You can get that at your hobby store in the sewing product aisle. It is a small bottle of oil, and only takes a little bit to work. Oil the top thread with a few drops on your fingers {pinching a bit off the spool top side} as it runs through the machine on a test piece of fabric. You don't actually oil the machine. The thread will draw the oil through your tension plates.

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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2014 10:45:58 PM »

Oh - interesting! husband actually suggested something similar (about the tension and maybe needing oil).

thanks for the input - I'll check with the ladies I bought my machine from and see if they have suggestions too!

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