Originally posted by: ep4545
.... I have to restart it. Sometimes it will pull the thread out of the needle when starting back and I have to rethread.
This leads me to think that it is indeed breaking but from underneath. When you get these "false thread breaks"... take a stiletto to sweep under the foot and pull the thread back to the top. Make sure you have the recommended length of thread tail before restarting. My 200 E likes about 4-6 inches.
Also make sure your bobbin is unwinding in the correct direction.
A bar-tack makes a great way to staple papers. Imagine the look on their faces!