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Thread: Help with skipping stitches! PLEASE!

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    Super Member buslady's Avatar
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    I am making hats and scarves for kids, some for my DGK's and some for charity. I am having a problem with my machine skipping stitches; I am using fleece. I noticed with the last quilt I used the fleece for I had the same problem. I have torn the machine down and took out a pile of "fluff" and oiled the machine, and changed the needle. Does anyone have a solution to this delemma? I am getting VERY frustrated. I have a Janome 6282 and a featherweight, both seem to have this issue. I am sure it is the fabric. Thanks for any and all help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady
    I am getting VERY frustrated. I have a Janome 6282 and a featherweight, both seem to have this issue. I am sure it is the fabric.
    I know how frustrating that is. I agree that it's not the machine but the fabric. Any fabric that creates a lot of lint is a problem. I would suggest that you stop often and clean the fuzz. I don't know of any way to stop creating fuzz.

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    Try using a top stitching needle. It is longer and should catch bobbin thread better. This just seems to be problem with sewing fleece. also try sewing slower.

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    What needles are you using? Use a Schmetz or a comparable, not Singer. I even had a defective Schmetz that caused skipping.

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    When I sew fleece (I make a lot of double layer fleece mitts) I don't use a straight stitch. I use a slight zig zag stitch and loosen the tension and foot pressure a little and this seems to help prevent skipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    When I sew fleece (I make a lot of double layer fleece mitts) I don't use a straight stitch. I use a slight zig zag stitch and loosen the tension and foot pressure a little and this seems to help prevent skipping.
    Yes, I was thinking to use a small zigzag stitch and change your tension for knits. Fleece is a knit afterall.

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    Try using a needle made for knit fabrics.

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    i think it's a needle issiue more than anything else

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    Try using a ball point needle. That used to be the solution when sewing knits or poylester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireworkslover
    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    When I sew fleece (I make a lot of double layer fleece mitts) I don't use a straight stitch. I use a slight zig zag stitch and loosen the tension and foot pressure a little and this seems to help prevent skipping.
    Yes, I was thinking to use a small zigzag stitch and change your tension for knits. Fleece is a knit afterall.
    I agree plus try a specialist needle such as a ball point your LQS should be able help with these

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