Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
batik problem >

batik problem

batik problem

Old 06-28-2020, 10:32 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 24
Default batik problem

I am using a size 70 needle and polyester thread, why is my machine skipping stitches when I am piecing with batik fabric?

Last edited by dsilas; 06-28-2020 at 10:33 AM. Reason: Need to add a few words
dsilas is offline  
Old 06-28-2020, 10:42 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Near Seattle, WA
Posts: 4,185

I'm not so good on the needle sizes, I prefer to use a smaller needle, what I would call a 10 for piecing. I'll go up to 12s.

For batiks, and especially when quilting, I like to use the Microtex Sharps.
Iceblossom is offline  
Old 06-28-2020, 10:45 AM
Super Member
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Sunny Florida
Posts: 3,543

What type of needle are you using?

Try a Microtex 80/12. These are the needles that I generally use for projects.

Any time there are issues change out the needle for a new one.

I use poly embroidery thread for piecing without issues on batiks. Stitch length defaults to 2.5 and I use it.

Are you using the same thread in the bobbin?
Rhonda K is offline  
Old 06-28-2020, 11:22 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: The Deep South near Cajun Country, USA
Posts: 4,651

Following this thread to see how others have resolved this problem. I have experienced it a couple of times and changed to every different needle size and type I owned and changed thread. Fought it all the way and finally called it done after the seams had been sewed at least 3 or 4 times and was as good as they were going to get. In retrospect, I could have finished quicker if I had hand stitched the parts where the needle skipped. Next time.....

Edited to add: Every time our local Hancock's would put needles on sale at 50% off, I would buy every wacky off the wall type and all brands. My inventory is still pretty extensive. I really miss Hancock's. It used to be my favorite fabric store.

Last edited by Barb in Louisiana; 06-28-2020 at 11:24 AM.
Barb in Louisiana is offline  
Old 06-28-2020, 11:32 AM
Super Member
KalamaQuilts's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: SW Washington USA
Posts: 3,795

are you using a universal needle? they might not be pointy enough, I'd try a microtex
KalamaQuilts is offline  
Old 06-28-2020, 12:33 PM
Junior Member
Barb2018's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: North Central PA
Posts: 294

It's my understanding that the needle needs to fit with the thread size. I would use a 70 needle with a 60 wt. cotton. For a 50 wt. cotton I can get away with a 75. I usually piece batiks with a microtex needle.
Barb2018 is offline  
Old 06-28-2020, 01:01 PM
PatriceJ's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Southeast Georgia, USA
Posts: 8,966

organ brand needles
for batiks, either a 75/11 or 80/12
50wt or 60wt cotton thread

  • necessity is the mother of invention. lazy is the crazy aunt.
  • for issues regarding the reminder emails, please contact [email protected]
  • To contact me with questions or suggestions that relate to our community, you may email [email protected]
PatriceJ is offline  
Old 06-28-2020, 04:16 PM
Super Member
thimblebug6000's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 7,084

My machine never used to mind batiks or anything else, but it had a huge overhaul....and wham! Had to find another repair person to reset everything....but since all that...it is very touchy about needles.....I thought I was going to have to take it back to the repair shop....but after all other needles kept skipping...I googled and found the Microtex needle suggestion...Yay! I have been enjoying my machine again.... hope you find the same for you.
thimblebug6000 is offline  
Old 06-28-2020, 04:49 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 6,722

I always use Microtex needles in all my machines. I seem to have a lot fewer problems that way. I agree that you do have to fit your needle size to your thread for best results. I normally piece with Aurafil 50 wt and a Microtex 80/12. It seems to work well on all the fabric I use.
cashs_mom is offline  
Old 06-29-2020, 12:15 AM
Junior Member
Railroadersbrat's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Gainesville, Missouri
Posts: 213

For me, polyester thread and batiks do not get along together, I've always matched my thread with what my fabric is. Since batiks are cotton, I only use cotton thread. I can't remember what size needle I'm using currently, but Aurifil has some fantastic cotton thread, 30 weight that I'm using for my grandmother's flower garden.

You might also consider re-threading a new bobbin and pay attention to how it's being threaded. I actually just went through this not too long ago, there's a video on YouTube that shows how a bobbin should be threaded correctly and it fixed my skipped stitches. I was surprised to discover that something as simple as threading a bobbin can cause issues if you don't do it the right way. I did change out my needle, as well.
Railroadersbrat is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.