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    Has anyone had trouble with their stitch regulator where it sews fine and then leaves a gigantic space of anywhere from a 1/4" to a full inch without making a stitch. I'm using it on my Janome 1600 on a quilting frame and I'm ready to pack it in and take the machine off the frame and just quilt without the regulator, with my foot pedal, hand pushing my quilt along like I used to do .... it's slower but less frustrating.
    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Carole

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    when was the last time you changed your needle? lots of time when stitches start skipping- are uneven- no longer look good a new needle fixes it right up!
    other than that---i hate me stitch regulator and never turn it on.

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    I was told this was what happened with inexperienced quilters. It happens to me on some fabrics and not on others. So, I changed the needle, changed the size of stitches and no joy. Had to dismantle the BSR and do it w/o for the pieces that used that fabric. It just does not make sense.

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    Thanks ckcowl and scrappy cats. I have changed the needles ....played with the tention all the regular stuff. And I have quilted many quilts on the frame, but this last quilt, which was nothing unusual as far as fabrics or thread was concerned was just an exercide in futility, so I pulled the 1/2 finished quilt off the frame and will try again on some practice thing when I calm down.

    Carole

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    Trouble with stitch regulator

    Quote Originally Posted by Chester the bunny View Post
    Has anyone had trouble with their stitch regulator where it sews fine and then leaves a gigantic space of anywhere from a 1/4" to a full inch without making a stitch. I'm using it on my Janome 1600 on a quilting frame and I'm ready to pack it in and take the machine off the frame and just quilt without the regulator, with my foot pedal, hand pushing my quilt along like I used to do .... it's slower but less frustrating.
    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Carole
    Hi Carole, I have a stitch regulator on my Janome 1600p I have had problems with the last three quilts i have quilted. Mine will sew fine until i get to the last few rows and then it starts skipping stitches about an inch long. My friend said she thought i needed to add some length to the leader that the top was pinned on, i added 12 more inches and decided to try it on this third quilt. Two rows left and guess what. SKIPPED STITCHES.I am past frustrated. I called the Grace company and they said send the regulator back to be checked.I mailed it to them yesterday and hope they find out what the problem is. I bought this machine and frame last December and have had this problem on all my quilts. I have tried everything to stop it and nothing helps. I never thought it might be the regulator. i will see!!!

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    Have you checked the sensor wheels and tracks? Sounds like it could also be caused by a sticking sensor wheel or a dirty track.

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    I was told by a tech. (I am a LA quilter) it is a skipped stitch when the needle punctures the fabric and does not pick up the bobbin thread from underneath. If your fabric does not show the holes where the needle went through the fabric it is USUALLY the timing or the stitch regulator. If it is the timing, then the missed stitches will USUALLY occur when the machine is traveling left and/or going upwards as you are standing at the needle side of the machine. Notice the use of the word USUALLY.

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    I have cleaned the tracks cleaned the feedogs. changed needle,made sure the quilt was up off the machine. It always sewes a perfect stitch until i get close to the end of the quilt. It even started skipping on the baby quilt.I hope it is an issue with the stitch regulator,then maybe i can get on with my quilting.

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    Skipped stitches.

    Quote Originally Posted by topstitch View Post
    I was told by a tech. (I am a LA quilter) it is a skipped stitch when the needle punctures the fabric and does not pick up the bobbin thread from underneath. If your fabric does not show the holes where the needle went through the fabric it is USUALLY the timing or the stitch regulator. If it is the timing, then the missed stitches will USUALLY occur when the machine is traveling left and/or going upwards as you are standing at the needle side of the machine. Notice the use of the word USUALLY.
    I will check to see if it shows needle holes .

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    Quote Originally Posted by topstitch View Post
    I was told by a tech. (I am a LA quilter) it is a skipped stitch when the needle punctures the fabric and does not pick up the bobbin thread from underneath. If your fabric does not show the holes where the needle went through the fabric it is USUALLY the timing or the stitch regulator. If it is the timing, then the missed stitches will USUALLY occur when the machine is traveling left and/or going upwards as you are standing at the needle side of the machine. Notice the use of the word USUALLY.
    I checked my quilt and sure enough there were no needle holes where it skipped. i'm hoping it will be a problem with the stitch regulator. I mailed it back to the grace company, maybe they will resolve my problem. Thanks for the info.

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    I've got the same problem! I have a janome 1600p as well. I cleaned my rails and wheels and made sure all my wires and connections with the regulator were all good etc...my very first quilt was terrible, I ended up having many long dates with my seam ripper and soo many headaches...it has gotten better after I unplugged everything! and hooked it all back up...I put my regulator on 9 the highest it can go. I will get long stitches if I go to fast, I like to cruise along meandering and if I go to fast my regulator can't keep up with me, and if I go way too slow I get long stitches too, soooo I have to find my perfect speed and keep going. I put in a new needle because I broke it because it slowed down on me unexpectedly I was lucky I didn't tear my fabric! grrr...but yes I took it all apart and put it back together, new needle, cleaned my rails and made sure my wheels touched nicely and its seems to be better if I find that perfect motion...I wish it worked better though, I wish it could keep up with whatever speed I want to go for the price of that thing! anyway hope this helps a little, it seems we all are having about the same troubles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingByCourtney View Post
    I've got the same problem! I have a janome 1600p as well. I cleaned my rails and wheels and made sure all my wires and connections with the regulator were all good etc...my very first quilt was terrible, I ended up having many long dates with my seam ripper and soo many headaches...it has gotten better after I unplugged everything! and hooked it all back up...I put my regulator on 9 the highest it can go. I will get long stitches if I go to fast, I like to cruise along meandering and if I go to fast my regulator can't keep up with me, and if I go way too slow I get long stitches too, soooo I have to find my perfect speed and keep going. I put in a new needle because I broke it because it slowed down on me unexpectedly I was lucky I didn't tear my fabric! grrr...but yes I took it all apart and put it back together, new needle, cleaned my rails and made sure my wheels touched nicely and its seems to be better if I find that perfect motion...I wish it worked better though, I wish it could keep up with whatever speed I want to go for the price of that thing! anyway hope this helps a little, it seems we all are having about the same troubles.
    Mine sews a beautiful stitch (No skips) until i get to the last rows and then it starts skipping. i have had the same problem on every one of my quilts. (Only 3 quilts) I have had this quilting frame and machine since last Dec. I am sick of it!!!!

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    I got a stitch regulator back from the Grace company. (They sent me a new one) I finished my quilt this morning and it sewed beautiful stitches and not one skipped stitch. I am so excited to have something that will sew . I have struggled with this problem since last December.I wish i would have called the company sooner. They were so helpful.

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