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Old 05-09-2013, 02:30 PM
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I have a Bernina 820. I made a baby quilt and started to quilt it. I used Mettler thread in the bobbin and on top. I kept getting lots of skipped stitches, some of them quite big. It looks as though the needle did not go through the fabric at points. I took out the bobbin and top thread and made sure there was no fuzz or anything else and then I rethreaded. No luck. Can any of you out there give me some suggestions? Thank you very much for your suggestions.
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What size needle did you use and what is the wt and ply of the Mettler thread?
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Are you using the new 820 with the BSR? I just got my 440 with the BSR back from the tech due to skipped stitches. The timing was off from me hitting something and breaking a needle. I tried new needle, changed tensions, cleaned, oiled, etc. and I finally admitted defeat and took her in for adjustments.
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Did you use spray basting? Mine works well WITHOUT the spray basting and I do not like pins! Haven't tried glue basting, but will.
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I have an 820 and have had the same problem. Carolina quilter is correct, I can't free motion if I spray baste. I almost ruined a baby quilt before I discovered the problem. I have also discovered that when I use the BRS to not plug it into the machine and I have better success. You should also have it serviced and have the spring replaced. There was a problem with the BSR and it needed a stronger spring. Good luck!
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What size needle did you use and what is the wt and ply of the Mettler thread?
I used a 90/40 microtex needle and a Mettler 100% cotton silk-finish, No. 50.
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Originally Posted by carolina quilter View Post
Did you use spray basting? Mine works well WITHOUT the spray basting and I do not like pins! Haven't tried glue basting, but will.
I did use spray basting. I don't want to pin either. If that's the problem, is the whole quilt ruined? Do I have to hand baste? I'm starting to feel terrible. What did you use if you did not spray baste?
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
Are you using the new 820 with the BSR? I just got my 440 with the BSR back from the tech due to skipped stitches. The timing was off from me hitting something and breaking a needle. I tried new needle, changed tensions, cleaned, oiled, etc. and I finally admitted defeat and took her in for adjustments.
Yes, it is the new 820 with BSR. I just got it back for another problem I was having. That machine has sure caused me a lot of grief for its price.
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I think your needle might be too big for your thread - that could cause skipped stitches. I have the 830 and know it can be sometimes have issues but I love that machine. It works best when used frequently. Most issues occur when it has been sitting for very long. These machines only like to do one thing at a time - no multitasking allowed. It can also be very fussy about the thread you use. Just took a class last night on using the BSR. Am now learning how to quilt my own quilts.
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I too, have had a problem with skipped stitches with my 820. A heavier spring in the BSR, and 90 microtex needles seems to be the answer. I use the BSR 2 feature, and I put my tension on 3.5. I clean the lint often throughout the quilt, and replace the needle when it starts skipping.
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