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    Super Member jclinganrey's Avatar
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    help with dropped stitches - - -

    I have a FW 221 and, for 6 months she ran beautifully. All of a sudden, she started dropping bobbin stitches. I re-threaded the top & bottom, changed needles and - - - still the same.

    Please advise. I miss sewing on her!

    Jane
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    Have you checked for burrs on the hook, bobbin case and needleplate? Lint or thread around bobbin? Cleaned and oiled it?

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    ​Do you have the right length needle in all the way? If the hook isn't getting the thread to make a stitch, it might be the timing is off.

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    As a recent victim of this, make sure the needle is in the right way. I don't have a featherweight so I can't remember which way the flat side goes but it's worth a shot.
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    Change the needle. A dull needle can cause this and if you have a habit of pulling the material through the feed or holding the fabric back from going through the feed, you may loose a stitch too.

    let us know what worked.
    peace

    Edit, sorry you did change the needle, then check it is set properly.
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    If you have taken anything off the machine be sure to check in your manual to find out which direction things go back. Then double check.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    I'd just get rid of it, you can send it to me! ;^)
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    I have this problem with my 221 when I'm sewing through thick parts of pieced quilted fabric. Basically when I start sewing the rows together and I get those bumps of 4 layers and up it can skip a bit. My guess if I got a sharp needle it would help solve the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amcatanzaro View Post
    As a recent victim of this, make sure the needle is in the right way. I don't have a featherweight so I can't remember which way the flat side goes but it's worth a shot.
    Same as a 201: right to left
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    The flat side goes to the left, I put mine in backwards one time and it did not make good stitches at all.

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