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Thread: Skipping stitches

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    Super Member mike'sgirl's Avatar
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    Skipping stitches

    I'm so frustrated. I have a 301 on a Grace frame and when I had my practice piece with batting loaded, everything was great. Got the tension adjusted and my stitches were very nice. So when I loaded my quilt I changed my needle and thread. I am also using a batting with a scrim. Now I'm skpping stitches like crazy. I put the old needle back in, made sure the backing wasn't too tight and still no good. Should I change my batting? Maybe its the scrim. What needle should I use. I was using a jeans needle when practising with good results. I don't know...help please.

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    You said you changed everything when you loaded the quilt- its always best to do a practice with the same fabric, batting, thread, needle to set your machine up for your project. I've not heard of batting with scrim causing skipped stitches.... Warm & natural is pretty popular batting. Your needle needs to be the right size for the thread being used. If you changed back to the first needle and it still happens I would recommend switching the thread. I've found thread can often cause lots of problems. Not all machines like all thread.
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    I like using an 18 needle when my machine is on the frame. I get fewer skipped stitches with the bigger needle.

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    A jean needle is a larger needle that I use for quilting. You should run your test sandwich with the thread and batting you will be using on the quilt you are quilting.
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    If you're skipping stitches it is likely that the needle is flexing so that it doesn't have a chance to pick up the thread from the bobbin. This could happen if you're moving the sewing machine too fast. A heavier needle might also help.

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    Thanks for the replies. The batting was very close to being the same. The only thing that was very different was the thread. I will go back to the original thread and see what happens. Thanks.

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    It could be that the presser foot isn't compressing the fabric sandwich enough - I had that problem recently. Tested ok, started to quilt and got skipped stitches - adjusted so the presser foot was closer to the surface and the skipping resolved.

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    Well I changed thread from Connecting threads to King Tut. I just have one spool of it and it variegated and actually looks nice. And my little old 301 prefers it. Go figure.

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    My Viking MegaQuilter has thread it prefers!!!
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