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I have a singer 5838C. It seems to skip stitches at times and won't catch on the right side of a zig zag stitch. Reading sites on the problem suggests it could be the timing. How do I fix this? I

Can you tell me how to fix the timing on this machine?

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SOURCE: Machine is skipping stitches

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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SOURCE: Skipping stitches while zig-zagging

If you have put a new needle in then the chances are the machine has gone out of time, you can either take it in to the repair shop or you can contact me and I will attach timing instructions drivewithken@blueyonder.co.uk

Posted on May 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Zig Zag Stitch not working

THis problem occurred as I was sewing on Neoprene. I was using Gutterman all-purpose thread and a size 80 needle. Tried switching to a size 70, then to size 90. Still unable to zig zag. After inserting a test sample of cotton, the zig zag worked perfectly, so I knew it was not a mecahnical problem. I switched needles again. This time to size 90 for stretch fabric. Voila! Problem solved.

Posted on May 24, 2009

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SOURCE: Whenever I zig zag my machine skips stitches.

Hello,
Try these solutions.

* Re-thread your needle
It may be threaded incorrectly (backwards).

* Reinsert your needle
Make sure it goes all the way into the holder and that it’s positioned correctly – usually with the
flat side away from the bobbin, but consult your machine’s manual to be sure.

*Change your needle
Your needle may be blunt, bent, or otherwise damaged.

*Your fabric may require a different needle. Generally, heavier fabrics require larger needles and
thinner fabrics, smaller needles. You may also need a larger needle if
you’re sewing through many layers of fabric. And make sure to use a ballpoint needle for knit fabrics and a sharp needle for wovens (or a universal needle for either).
And make sure your needle is appropriate for the type of thread you’re using.

* Adjust the pressure of your pressure foot
It may be too light for your fabric.

* Change your thread
If your upper thread and bobbin threads are different types, try using the same thread for
both. And use a good quality, brand name thread.

* Adjust your thread tension
It may be too tight or too loose.

* Re-thread your machine
It may be threaded incorrectly.

* Change your needle plate
Try switching to a needle plate with a smaller hole (a straight stitch needle plate).

Important: If you change your needle plate, check to make sure your needle aligns perfectly with
this smaller hole before starting to sew. A misaligned needle could hit the plate and break, which
could be dangerous. And make sure to change your needle plate back for zigzag and other wide
stitches.
I hope this helps you.


Posted on Sep 15, 2009

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SOURCE: MC4400 skips on the zig zag stitch when sewing

You must buse an anti static needle otherwise yoiu will miss stitches.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

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