Needle help

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Needle help

My needles keep breaking. I don't think the material is too thick for them or not. I'm sewing straps together for an asian baby carrier. I'm not doing any padding. Its a silk and cotton together. So its pretty thin material. I don't know what size the needles are because I borrowed the machine from a friend and their her needles. She hasn't used the machine in a few years so she let me borrow it. I'm putting in the needle the same way it says to. I'm wondering if maybe I'm not putting it in tight enough if that would make a difference. I was able to sew my first baby carrier but i went through two or three needles in the process. I want to make another one because I didn't like how the straps ended in the other carrier.

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The tension is set on 0.
I bought more needles and its doing the same! I have a Europro.

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tension SHOULDN'T be set at 0....that is the tightness of the thread, won't hurt the needle....if the needle isn't throwing right it could be catching on the bottom and thus breaking...is the thread balling up? that could also break the needle and COULD be caused by no tension...you could be going too fast, but if you are just starting out I wouldn't think that is the case...being as you aren't using heavier fabric, I doubt using a heavier gauge needle will help...and yes, if you aren't tightening it down right, or seating it far enough in (it should bottom out in the hole btw) the needle can move or catch. take a quick look at how the needle descends into the machine, is it hitting anything? catching on anything? are things going STRAIGHT into the bottom?

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the thread isn't balling up. It breaks when the needles goes on the top layer. I chose a higher gauge because I'm sewing three or four layers together. The women at Hancocks told me to set the tension on 0 because of me having a Europro. What is throwing?
Sometimes the needle will get stuck on the top layers and not want to go anywhere. But I can lift the needle up but it won't sew. I guess maybe i'm useing the wrong foot?

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throwing is when the needle goes down thru the base

not sure about the wrong foot...if it is hitting metal yeah, could be the wrong foot...are you sewing a straight line? ok, trying too

honestly I don't know much about your machine....not that I am any expert anyway....am not sure what to tell you, sorry!

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Thansk for your help. I'm sewing a straight lines right now.
I guess the problem is sometimes the needle isn't going all the way in. How would I fix that problem. It even does this when I'm just doing a simple hem. And sometimes the material will get dragged into the base.

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pull it taut on the machine, make sure the feed dogs (the part that guides the material thru) is feeding, make sure the needles are SHARP, and if push comes to shove, call your buddy and ask her what is going on.....

I had some problems with my old one....but the machine was at elast 20 yrs old, a cheapo to boot and even after having it cleaned/tuned it woudl still hiccup on occasion

I know this probably isn't an option, but maybe try a different machine?