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As I'm sewing a straight line, my bobbin thread skips several stitches at a time every few inches. It just started doing this. What can I do to stop it from skipping? Thank you.

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When a machine skips stitches like you described either the needle is in backwards, the machine's thread could have jumped out of a guide, the needle is the wrong style for the fabric being sewed or you need to take it to a technician. So try a new needle first, they can be bent without looking bent and skip just like you described. Then double check your threading. If the fabric your sewing is a stretch fabric then a ball point needle should be used. A sharp type point needle will not sew on stretch fabric. If your machine has a drop in bobbin or a bobbin that loads from the front of your machine, the flat part of your needle faces the rear of the machine. Good Luck, I hope this helps.

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Try adjusting the bobbin case tension

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