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Machine is skipping stitches

I have a manual threaded machine that is skipping stitches on any setting including zig zag and tension adjustment does not seem to fix problem.

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  • liv2worship Oct 18, 2008

    Thank you. I will try these things and see if that fixes the problem! It certainly sounds like it will.



  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    My machine rarely will go back to straight stitch after going to other stitches. Is there anything that I can do to fix it myself?

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First be sure you have a new needle in. A dull needle will cause this.
Also a burr from the needle having hit in the slot of the needle plate can catch the thread occasionally as well as a burr on the hook behind the bobbincase. With some very fine crocus paper or what is called a green stick these burrs need to be polished off. Or have them replaced. Check everywhere the thread touches. Otherwise it may be the timing is slightly off.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

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