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Thread: How to fix skipped stitches??

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    How to fix skipped stitches??

    I'm machine quilting (meandering) a quilt for my MIL on my Bernina 820. It is occasionally skipping three or four stitches. Need it finished by Friday, so I'm continuing on but how do y'all fix, go back and sew over, or what? [I know there is an issue with the BSR for this machine.]

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    I have had that happen using the BSR with my 630E! I will watch for answers to your question. I did go back and stitch over. . .

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    I don't know anything about the Berninas or the stitch regulator, but I do know that Universal tipped needles or worn/blunted needles can cause skipped stitches, especially in free-motion quilting. If you switch to a new sharp, it might eliminate the problem. Also make sure that your needle is seated correctly according to your manual.

    I had the worst skipping possible when I spray basted - the needle kept gumming up and needing to be cleaned every few stitches and it was skipping more than it hit. The last time this happened, it was a vintage scrap quilt that I ended up throwing away. Nothing I tried could make the basting spray unsticky.

    I don't know any way to fix the stitching that's already messed up other than getting out the seam-ripper and re-sewing those areas. Good luck!

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    I have a longarm and it will do that when it needs a new needle.

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    So sorry that you are having this problem adding to undue stress of the holidays. Hope a new needle will correct your problem and enable you to complete your quilt by Friday. Remember you can always gift it with the recipient's knowledge that you need it take it back to complete it, or wrap up a picture for them to open and give it to them after you have had the opportunity to complete in with more time without the stress and to your satisfaction. Good luck and Happy Holidays!
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    Good information, I sometimes have that problem. I will remember to put a new needle in when I start quilting a project.
    Lorraine

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    I've been either going over the skipped stitches when I see them, or going over them with hand-stitching to shore them up afterward. No fun!

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    first i stop. i identify what is causing the problem---dull needle- or going too fast in some areas---and fix the cause----then i go back over & re-sew the areas that have skipped stitches- hopefully i noticed it right away and only have 1 or 2 places to fix---then when i am sewing correctly again i continue on and finish.
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    I found I got skipped stitches with my regular machine when I had a big ball of lint built up inside the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot View Post
    I don't know anything about the Berninas or the stitch regulator, but I do know that Universal tipped needles or worn/blunted needles can cause skipped stitches, especially in free-motion quilting. If you switch to a new sharp, it might eliminate the problem. Also make sure that your needle is seated correctly according to your manual.

    I had the worst skipping possible when I spray basted - the needle kept gumming up and needing to be cleaned every few stitches and it was skipping more than it hit. The last time this happened, it was a vintage scrap quilt that I ended up throwing away. Nothing I tried could make the basting spray unsticky.

    I don't know any way to fix the stitching that's already messed up other than getting out the seam-ripper and re-sewing those areas. Good luck!
    You have to be careful what brand of spray you use. here int he UK we have 505 spray which is very good and doesn't gum up the needle. remember you spray lightly not hevily.

    The 3m spray is awful and only suitable for paper. it gums up the needle and anything else it touches.

    If the skip is bad, Icut the thread in the middle of the skip and pull out a few stitches enough to tie off the threads. If you are worried about the thread loopng you could try couching the thread down whilst quilting the layers a bit by hand.

    Change the needle and make sure it is large enough for the thread. sometime using a larger needle can make things not skip.

    Best becks

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    My guess is that you used way too much spray basting. I don't have a problem with gumming up the needle. I try to use
    enough, without too much. Sometimes it's hard to figure that out.

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    Thanks for the responses. I don't spray baste, I pin baste, but I will change my needle and see if that helps.

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    The problem is there are a few things that will cause this. Moving the fabric too fast can cause this. But also pulling on the fabric so the stitch isn't formed properly can to. You can change the needle to the proper sized one for free motion and clean all of the lint out of the bobbin case and under the needle plate. If that doesn't work, I found sometimes the bobbin thread is the culpret. Or that you don't have the right bobbin in there. Mine comes with two and it is useful to thread it through the little spring loop. Change bobbins with another thread. Bernina's are famous for not liking some threads like coats and clark.
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    Funny you should write this today. I have a Bernina 820 and am having the same problem today! It is so frustrating to have spent a fortune on a machine that does not live up to it's name. I have done all of the troubleshooting as well, and it just happens about every 7 or 8 inches. I am even more frustrated that I cannot use monofiliment thread with this machine because the tension gets all screwed up...Okay...I am done complaining--back to the fmq

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    I have had that happen on my Bernina 440QE try changing the needle and rethreading the machine. Hope this helps.


    Kathie


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    If it's only a few spots, I have marked the skip with a pin and come back and fix them by hand later. I put one strand of the same coloured thread in a hand needle. I pop the knot on the end into the fabric and carefully come up on one side of the long stitch. I then go down on the other side of the long stitch being careful to come out on the backside of the quilt right next to the long stitch there. I then go to the other side of the thread and insert the needle beside the long stitch thread and either bury the knot or proceed to the next stitch. Basically I make it look like the stitch would have looked if they were connected by the machine. This is only practical if you only have a few spots to fix and it really bugs you.

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    Change the needle! Ask me how I know!

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    I'm with everyone about try changing the needle. That's the first thing I do when that happens. My friend had borrowed a machine from me for quite a while and called me up frantic...I think I've broken your machine. I asked her if she had changed the needle and she said no...it has the same needle in it that you gave it to me with!! Good Luck with finishing it up. Let us know if that was the problem.
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    My Bernina 150QE had this problem last week. And doesn't it always happen when you're working on a project for a gift ? I cleaned the lint out under the needle plate, changed to a new needle ( a quilting needle) and that solved the problem.

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    Hope it's all straightened up today!

    I forgot to mention the second thing I always check - the size of the needle. If the needle is too large for the thread, the thread doesn't receive enough friction as the needle ascends to form a loop that the hook can catch. Skipped stitch.

    So if you're using a 50 or 60 wt thread but you've got the size 14 jeans needle in the machine from your last project, the jeans part is okay because it's a sharp needle, but the size of the needle is too large for the diameter of the thread. Go with a 10 or 11 or 12 and see if that doesn't help.

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    If you are using the clear plastic foot piece on the BSR, be sure it is clear of lint. The lint can obstruct the "eye".
    Beth in Maryland

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    I don't know how to fix the skipped stitches but suggest, if you haven't already, take your BSR foot back to the dealer and ask them to put a new spring in it. My 820 BSR foot does the same thing - expect it's not a few skipped stitches and the dealer put a new spring in it. So far I haven't tried it again - I was so upset with it last time. I don't want to be upset about this machine again until after Christmas!

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    Check to make sure your needle is in all the way. This fixed my problem when it happened to me.

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    I have a 6600 and she will skip stitches only when there is a problem....it can be lint in the bobbin area, needs a new needle, the bobbin is almost empty or even the top thread is shredding (like it did on my last quilt).....all of those problems are easy to fix, just sometimes a little frustrating identifying that problem.

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    Peacequiltingnana, I also after much frustration over missing stitches on my Janome brought it in for service. I had tried EVERYTHING to fix the problem. Turns out the stippling foot was worn out and as soon as they changed the foot, it fixed the problem. Who knew?
    So if anyone has a older well used foot, get it checked out.

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