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Thread: skipping stitches on a 301A

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    skipping stitches on a 301A

    I have been reading your website for sometime. I too love old machines and I an up to 16 of them.

    I just purchased a two tone 301A and I am getting skipped stitches. I have tried adjusting the tension, changing threads and everything else I can think of. The machine will stitch sometimes for a long time before it skips and then will start skipping periodically. If anyone knows of a solution I would appreciate the information.

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    Do a search using the search feature. There have been several threads on skipping stitches. Try a sharp type needle, new needle and see if that helps. Also try adjusting your pressure foot pressure. If these measures don't help there may be a slight timing issue. 301's and FW are very easy to have timing problems. But, try those things first.

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    301 skipping

    Me, too sometimes. What needle does the 301 take? I have no idea what is in it.

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    Singer needles are poor quality. Stick with Schmetz or Organ needles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sucia View Post
    Me, too sometimes. What needle does the 301 take? I have no idea what is in it.
    If you have no idea, that needle needs changing!

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    mshutchis,

    The needle is the most important part of the machine. The wrong needle, the wrong type of needle, a bent, chipped, dull, or rusted needle, or a poor quality needle will make the machine malfunction.

    Don't give the one in there to much thought, just put a brand new needle in it and go from there.

    The 301 takes the standard 15x1 needle. The Singer number is 2020.

    Not all Singer needles are bad, but their quality control varies from great to grotesque so it's best to use a Schmetz or Organ brand needle due to their far better QC.

    While your changing the needle pull the bobbin cover and needle plate off and clean the bobbin area to make sure there's nothing in there interfering with the stitch making process.

    Joe

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    here is a link to something I started a while ago since that question comes up very frequently: Why is my sewing machine not stitching??? I hope it is of some help.
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    I had that problem off and on, I have a badged Singer -15 clone, it had never been oiled or used. I finally put some grease on the shaft that goes into the motor and other end that comes out of the thing that holds the thing for the belt to go on. That stopped the noise and the thread from breaking. Sorry I don't know the technical names of the parts. Don't know if this will help. I also used the hand wheel and oiled everything that moves until it stopped making noise.
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