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I have a Riccar Model 706 The thread keeps breaking.

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Try changing the needle
check to make sure the top thread tension is not to tight
check to make sure the thread is not caught somewhere
change the thread
clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for loose threads or lint

Posted on Aug 02, 2011

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Try looking for a manual for your machine here.
http://www.riccar.com/help/manuals/
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Trying to figure out the tension on my riccar 706, can u help me?


Do you have your owners manual? I should tell you what tension to use for each type of material. If you do not have the manul, google riccar.com, sewing machine model ie.706 manual and it will download it for free.

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Riccar sewing machine keeps breaking thread makes about 4 stitches and then the thread breaks. GRRRRRRRRR.


Oh yes. GRRRRRR is the word!!! I hope I can help.

In many cases, breaking thread is caused by the upper tension being too tight, so that's something to check.

Another thing is to change your needle. If it's at all bent it can break the thread.

Third thing is to make sure you're using new, high quality thread. Older thread breaks more easily, especially if it's been in the sun.

Finally, clean and oil the machine. A bit of lint in the bobbin area can do all kinds of havoc.

Hope this helps!!


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I have a very old Riccar 440 model sewing machine which although is in very good condition, has not been used for many years!! We have lost the original manual and when we have tried to use it the thread...


Glancing through the manuals at Riccar's website I do not find a model 440, though there are models 404, 410 and 414. One of those manuals is likely close enough. While it could be a tension problem, breaking thread is usually a result of a damaged or incorrectly placed needle. Also, if you are using old thread, it may no longer have the strength necessary. The first thing to do is replace the needle with a fresh one, making sure that the flat side is to the rear of the machine, and that the needle is fully inserted. It's also a good idea to remove the feed dog cover plate and remove any buildup of lint. Also remove any lint that may be in the area around the bobbin case and hook. Here is a link to the Riccar site where manuals can be downloaded: http://www.riccar.com/help/manuals/
Please let me know how this goes, I think we can get you sewing without taking the machine in for service.

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