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Skipped stitches my brother ls-1217 keeps skipping stitches, especially when I zig-zag the stitches.

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Change the needle first and make sure it is inserted correctly. Use good thread i.e.: Guterman or Metler are some. If you are using a stretch material then put a stretch needle in the machine. If you do all this and it still skips then you may have a mechanical problem with the machine. The machine is "out of timing". Have a good tech. look at it. This happens quite frequently on "inexpensive" machines. Sorry.

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