Soundss like mine so I cleaned it using canned air and then had to sew on rags for a bit and get the needle to pick it up works well now but I had lots of cursing and purple air about me before I finally got it to work. hope it helps you
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tighten up the thread tension on the needle thread tension setting
what you describe is a result of the needle thread tension being too loose
to get manuals go google and type in -- workshop manual for ( make and model) sewing machine
there will be pdf version downloads if they are available
try these suggestions Skipped stitches
1. The needle is not inserted correctly
Remove needle & reinsert needle( flat side towards the back of machine)
2. The needle is damaged
replace with new needle
3. The wrong size needle is being used
Choose a needle to suit the thread & fabric
4. The foot not attached correctly
Check & attach correctly
Hi Vicki It's possible that the needle is too small for the size of thread you are using. Also make sure thread is not wrapped around the needle and that the needle is properly seated in the needle bar. It's also possible that the machine needs to be timed and serviced to correct this problem. Is it possible to get the users manual from your MIL? It would have the information you need reguarding needle sizes and threading, etc. ~<Ray>~
since you are doing jeans it can be on either side so lets start for the beginning, rethread the top thread making sure that the thread went through the upper tension, second remove the bobbin and make sure to thread it through the lower tension(there is a spot on the bobbin case for the thread to go through for there to be tension on the bottom) if the thread on the bottom pulls really easy by hand like there is no resistance then take it to a local dealer and have him adjust it if it feels like there is a pull do the same with the upper thread put the foot down and try to pull the upper thread(don't break a needle) if it has tension adjust the upper thread tension tighter
it sounds like the needle hook timing is out. You need to get the needle
in the lowest position and measure the gap from the needle to the hook
point on the bobbin shuttle. It should be 1/4". You will need to remove
the foot and foot plate to be able to see. I use a 1/4" drill bit as a
gauge. If you need to adjust it, you will need to remove the free arm
cover to the right of the foot and loosen the 2 allen head screws that
hold the drive gear. Adjust the gap, tighten the screws and retry.
Usually if the needle catches the thread to early, it will make a bad
stitch and the upper thread will break. If it catches to late, it will
make thread loops and the machine will skip stitches. Good luck, these
are a good machine and worth fixing. Phil