Re: Machine skipping stitches
- From: "Roberta Zollner" <rl.zollner@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 18:17:10 +0100
All excellent advice. But sometimes stitches will skip anyway just because
the fabric is moving in the "wrong" direction. The bobbin is designed to
produce correct tension with the thread pulling off it as the fabric moves
from front to back, so it's harder for the machine to make a perfect stitch
sometimes during all the odd free motion directions. It helps sometimes to
slow down a little.
Roberta in D
"SewVeryCreative" <sewcreativeAT@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
Ya know what, Kate? I am printing out your reply and posting it to my
bulletin board. I think you covered EVERY thing that could go wrong and
produce skipped stitches!!
I'm going to try my hand at learning to machine quilt this weekend (never
done it before except for stitching in the ditch with a walking foot). I
just found my darning foot (Yay!! Forgot I had bought one and was about to
buy another one!!) the other day and decided it was Time. You're post is,
*KNOW*, going to REALLY come in handy!!
Good, good, stuff there. Thanks!! :)
"Kate T." <knght_grn@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
You oiled the machine, did you put a drop of oil in the bobbin race.
That should be done with every bobbin change.
New Needle, Hum-m-m. What size are you using. Remember that you are
going through more than two pieces of cotton fabric. A larger needle
is required like a 14 or 16. Some are referred to jeans needles.
Feel the tip of the needle, is it bent, blunt, is there possibly a
small burr on it. Even new needles are damaged in manufacturing.
Now a dumb question, did you put the needle in the right way. A lot
of times you can mistakenly put it in backwards.
What size thread are you using. Is it the same as what you are using
in the bobbin. If the needle is too small the thread will not ride in
the long groove on the needle.
You say you vac the machine, is there possibly a piece of thread
still caught in the feed dog area or in the bobbin area and you can't
Did you forget when you re-threaded to include the last thread guide
the one just above the needle.
Is the quilting area being stretched too tightly. For instance has
the quilt slipped of the edge of the table and the weight of it
hanging off the table causing the quilting area to become too tight.
Have you cleaned out the tension discs, yes they collect lint and can
cause skipped stitches also.
What kind of fabric are you using, batik, (g-r-r-r)
How about the batting is it cotton or poly. Poly heats up with the
friction of the needle passing through it and can cause skipped
stitches. How about the right and wrong sides of the batting. The
rough side should be down or facing the backing.
How about some silicone on the thread.
Are you moving the quilt too fast under the needle.
Fabric with too high a thread count like sheeting or batik can also
cause skipped stitches.
These are a few of the things that have happened to me and I've spent
many a frustrating day trying to figure out what has gone wrong only
to find out I used too small a needle or it was just slightly bent or
a bit of thread has gotten caught in the bobbin area or feed dog area
and I knew I had cleaned it completely.
Hope this helps.
Kate T. South Mississippi
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