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Thread: Skipped stitches?? Help!

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    I am trying to do simple, straight line echo quilting on a charity quilt. My FW, which I use for everything is skipping stitches when I try this. I sew anything else, it sews fine. Tried my 328, it did the same thing????? On both machines, I re-threaded, put in new needle, no change. I have never used polyester batting before - could this be the cause? I only bought the batting because it was on sale. Any ideas or suggestions?
    PS I am using a walking foot!

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    I had a similar problem and put in a new needle. It didn't help, so I removed the needle, put in another new one and made certain the needle was lined up correctly.It worked. I think sometimes even the new manufactured needles may have defects. Also, remove cover plate and use a brush to clean possible dust or thread. Puta drop of oil in the wheel that holds your bobbin.

    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl
    I am trying to do simple, straight line echo quilting on a charity quilt. My FW, which I use for everything is skipping stitches when I try this. I sew anything else, it sews fine. Tried my 328, it did the same thing????? On both machines, I re-threaded, put in new needle, no change. I have never used polyester batting before - could this be the cause? I only bought the batting because it was on sale. Any ideas or suggestions?
    PS I am using a walking foot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sew happy
    I had a similar problem and put in a new needle. It didn't help, so I removed the needle, put in another new one and made certain the needle was lined up correctly.It worked. I think sometimes even the new manufactured needles may have defects. Also, remove cover plate and use a brush to clean possible dust or thread. Puta drop of oil in the wheel that holds your bobbin.

    Quote Originally Posted by lovelyl
    I am trying to do simple, straight line echo quilting on a charity quilt. My FW, which I use for everything is skipping stitches when I try this. I sew anything else, it sews fine. Tried my 328, it did the same thing????? On both machines, I re-threaded, put in new needle, no change. I have never used polyester batting before - could this be the cause? I only bought the batting because it was on sale. Any ideas or suggestions?
    PS I am using a walking foot!
    Thanks! Now that you mention it, it is time for my FW's oil and lube. I was just perplexed because it happened with two machines. I will clean and oil when I get home today and see if that helps.

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    Are you using the same walking foot on both? Maybe another common link.

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    Maybe you need a different size needle.

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    The same thing happened with my 301. I took off the slide plate and I swear, there was a carpet of lint!! Now, I am sure to clean it after every project!!

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    First thing that popped into my little brain . . . LINT and clean. Second is the needle.

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    I have had skipped stitches from some fabrics--especially the white on white that feels slightly rubbery and I know I had a bad batting that was eating thread and burping out birdseed. I think the quality control person was sleeping that day at the factory.

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    I always try a bigger needle when I get skipped stitches. That usually works for me.

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    Thanks so much for all your suggestions! Will work on it tomorrow!

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    Whenever this happens on my Featherweight, it is the machine telling me that something like lint or thread is affecting the height of the stitch. I found a big wad of lint on the feed dogs under the throat plate once and lint gathered in the bobbin case another time.

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