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Doing straight stitching, everything is fine for 2 or 3 inches, and then I get a very long stitch.

The long stitch is quarter or half inch long, as if for 4 or 5 stitches the lower thread failed to pick up to make a stitch.- I'm wondering what the cause of this issue is. Thank you. julie

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The timing may be out and the machine may need a service to correct this.

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However, although it may call for a specific size needle, you will still need to knit some test swatches because knitters usually knit looser or tighter, so one needs to adjust the needle size to accommodate those differences, ie someone who knits tightly may get 8 stitches to an inch, but a loose knitter may get only 6 stitches. But if the pattern says to cast on 48 stitches in for row 1, that means the 8 stitch gauge will yield a project that measures 6 inches wide (48/8=6). But a 6 stitch gauge will yield a project of 8 inches wide (48/6=8). The result would be one project will be 2 inches wider than the other.

But that is only half of the problem as you would still need to measure the number of rows per inch to get the length of the project. If there are more rows to the inch than specified, a garment with say an armhole that may be too small. If there are fewer rows to an inch, the result may be an armhole that is way to big.

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