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I get skipped stitches when I use my decorative stitch #27 and ZigZag stitch sewing heavy layers of fabric. I have changed my needle, cleaned out the machine and sew very slowly; basically I have done everything that the manual has told me to do. I have taken it to my dealer and he has adjusted the needle bar and checked the timing. It is only when I am going thru layers of material to make pot pinchers and oven mitts. The straight stitch is fine. Any suggestions?

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  • ecohen276 Mar 22, 2011

    HI

    Thank you. Last night I tried a 16 needle and it worked like a charm. I was getting quite frustrated and now today I am going to buy a stash of 16 needles!

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Did you use a larger sized needle for the think fabric? It sounds like the needle isn't penitrating deep enough. You will need a larger needle size for the thick fabric and you might try slightly adjusting the tension tho a larger needle may be all you need. Make sure it is a sharp not a ballpt needle too (assuming you're not using polyester knits which isn't something one usually makes oven mitts with :) )

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  • ecohen276 Mar 21, 2011

    Thank you. I am using a sharp microtex size 14 needle. Both patterns are Vanilla House so I assumed that it is for home sewing and my machine. Please give me some more suggestions as I am quite frustrated and upset.
    Thank you again

  • mszona Mar 22, 2011

    Since you've had the machine checked out and since you are sewing through thick layers I would try a size 16 sharp needle and see if that works. Typically you use the large needles when sewing thick fabrics like blue jeans, canvas etc. but as you are sewing through multiple layers it may just be that it is too thick for the needle though i would have expected the needle to break if it was too small. The symptoms sound like the needle isn't penitrating into the plate deep enough to form the stitch. Most to the time I avoid decorative stitches through very thick fabrics, zig zag stitch should work tho.

    Try taking some scraps layered at the thickness you're trying to sew through. Start with a large zig zag stitch, both longer and widest and then adjust both down and see if it still catches and forms the stitch properly. You can also adust the pressure on the feed dog (if that machine has an adjustment, not all machines do) and see. I would make adjustments until you get a good even zig zag stitch at a shorter, narrower stitch before trying any decorative stitches as they are more difficult to notice where the problem is.

    If the stitch is loopey on top the bobbin tension may be too loose. If the stitch on top is pulling thru to the bottom side then the bobbin is too tight. This is why you want to trying sewing through the same thickness with a broad zig zag to check the stitch first.

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