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Thread: My machine is skipping stitches even after changing needle 2 times--what else ??

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    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
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    Dec 2009
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    I think you need a 12 or 14 needle, I'm not sure what the larger number would be. I started sewing back around 1960 and the needle sizes have changed. I now use what manufacturer says to use.
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    Super Member margecam52's Avatar
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    Littlefield, TX, USA
    What is the brand of sewing machine you are using? Is it a home machine or Longarm? If a home machine, I agree, clean out the bobbin area...use a small brush and clean it out. Check your manual on how to do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    A month ago, after using a needle from a new pack for several weeks, my machine started skipping stitches. I changed needles and it worked fine for about a month. Then, today it started skipping stitches again so I changed needles. Well, it started skipping stitches again after only a few minutes. I rethreaded the top thread and exchanged bobbins as well to see if that helped. Nope, still skipping a stitch every 2o to 30 stitches maybe. If I sew really slow, it didn't skip stitches during the past maybe 3 feet of sewing but I don't think that is a "fix".

    What should I be checking or changing? All of these needles come from a new pack I purchased in August --Schmetz Microtex Sharp 70/10. I'm using them for a combination of batik and 100% cotton piecing. Maybe the pack is defective? I don't have any other Sharp needles I can try and that is what I've been told to use on batiks.
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    Mine will skip stitches if I don't have the right size needle for the type of fabric/thickness I'm sewing.

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