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Why is my embroidery machine leaving tails on my design?



Embroidery is a beautiful and intricate art form, and nothing is more frustrating than having an excess thread, or "tails", in your designs. This problem can disrupt the overall appearance of your project, and manually cutting the tails with scissors is only a temporary solution. To help you prevent this issue, we have created a comprehensive guide that covers all the potential causes of excess thread and the steps you can take to address them.

Potential Causes of Excess Thread

  1. Feed Length: The feed length refers to the number of stitches before the trimming mechanism kicks in. If the feed length is set too long, it can result in excess thread being left behind after trimming.

  2. Timing of the Trim: If the trimming mechanism is not cutting at the right time, it can result in excess thread being left behind.

  3. Thread Wrapped Around the Thread Break Sensor: If the thread is wrapped around the thread break sensor too many times, it can cause the machine to move too quickly for the tails to be pulled through, resulting in excess thread.

  4. Sensitivity of the Thread Break Sensor: The thread break sensor may be set to "too high" or "too low" sensitivity, causing the machine to move too quickly for the tails to be pulled through, resulting in excess thread.

Steps to Address Excess Thread

  1. Determine the Cause: To determine if the problem is occurring with all needles or just one, try to identify the needle that is causing the issue. This can help narrow down the potential causes.

  2. Check the Thread Path: Make sure that the thread path is clear and free of any knots or tangles.

  3. Check Tension: The tension of the thread should not be too tight or too loose. You can try the "H" or "I" test to check the tension. During the "I" test, you should follow the one-third rule, which involves having one-third of the bobbin thread in the middle and one-third of the top thread on both sides. If the columns are pretty even, your tension is likely correct.

  4. Adjust the Velcro Bar: If necessary, adjust the Velcro bar.

  5. Adjust the Spring Lever: Adjust the spring lever.

  6. Check the Picker: Manually check the picker and use the "Pick Test" function.

  7. Adjust the Length After Trim Parameter: On the control panel, adjust the "Length After Trim" parameter.

  8. Adjust the Trim Start Angle: Reduce the tail length by adjusting the "Trim Start Angle" down.

  9. Check the Timing: Check the timing of your machine.

Final Thoughts

If you have tried all these steps and are still experiencing excess thread in your embroidery designs, don't hesitate to contact us for further assistance. Our team is always available to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. You can contact us via email at service@ricoma.com or visit our support page at www.ricoma.com/US/support for more information. With this comprehensive guide, you can be confident that you are taking the necessary steps to prevent excess thread in your embroidery designs

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