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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

Posted on Jul 24, 2013

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  • Sonya Mullis Jul 24, 2013

    Thank you, Debbi! I will try all of those! Could sewing over pins also cause this problem?

  • yes, sewing over pins can damage a sewing machine by breaking parts inside and even cause the machine to jump time.

  • Jimmie Sill Jan 24, 2015

    SKIPPED/MISSING STITCHES ARE INDICATORS FOR TIMING PROBLEMS. TRY A STRAIGHT STITCH WITH NEEDLE ON THE RIGHT AND THEN ON LEFT. IF IT SEWS GOOD ON ONLY ONE SIDE YOU KNOW IT IS A TIMING PROBLEM. YOUR REPAIRMAN CAN HELP YOU ON THIS.

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Skipped stitches


Skipped stitches could result from several different origins. First, easiest, and least expensive thing, try a brand new needle. However, if it is failing to pick up the bobbin thread all together, then it is probably out of time (search for sewing machine timing or take it for service).

Here are other suggestions for intermittent skipping:
What to Do If Your Sewing Machine Is Skipping Stitches

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Basic Maintenance Tension Skipped Stitches

http://www.sewingreviews.org/what-to-do-when-your-machine-starts-skipping-stitches

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Jan 03, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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I think the timing is out on my janome 2039 sewing machine


It is very possible that the timing is off, which often occurs with broken needles. A common symptom is that the needle will not pick up the bobbin thread. Missed stitches aren't necessarily timing related--be sure to install brand needles often and use the correct needle for the fabric & thread you are using. Using the wrong needle will often cause skipped stitches.

What to Do If Your Sewing Machine Is Skipping Stitches

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Here What to Do if Your Sewing Machine is Skipping Stitches

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You can search for sewing machine timing or take it for service.

Apr 12, 2017 | Janome Harmony 2039 Mechanical Sewing...

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My cousin has a machine that straight stitches fine but skips when you zig zag. I have changed her needle, dust out underneath, made sure that it was threaded correctly, changed thread. My question is...


Yes, it sounds like you've gone through all the usual trouble shooting so timing is probably out just a bit which means that the needle and rotary hook are not getting close enough to each other during the zig zag.

Probably best getting a sewing machine technician to give it a service and reset the timing.

Jun 28, 2011 | Necchi 4575 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Keeps skipping stitches and knots thread


Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs


Thank you and good luck.

Jun 06, 2011 | White Sewing 2037 Mechanical Sewing...

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My machine skips stitches, and the thread wears at the needle, causing it to snarl and break. I've looked in the manual and tried everything they suggest.


This sounds like the thread is not in your take up lever, are you sure that it is threaded correctly? Maybe it is wrapping around one of the eyelets or the take up lever rather than just going through the eyelet. The fact that the thread is wearing at the needle is indicative that the thread is too tight when the needle goes downwards. Is your top tension set too high perhaps. The skipping stitches part is normally indicative of either a blunt needle, using a sharp needle on knit fabric, or the timing is out slightly.
You should be able to trouble shoot the first two options. For the timing, will it sew a zig zag stitch at all? If timing is out or you've tried all the other trouble shooting; I'd suggest a trip to the serviceman.

Oct 27, 2010 | Elna 3210 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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