If Your Sewing Machine Skips
stitches occur when the shuttle point fails to catch the
needle loop. The most common reason for skipped stitches
is a bent or burred needle. So, once again,
Change Your Needle!
If you are sewing thin or stretch fabric,
the needle can push the fabric down into the needleplate hole
as shown in the image on the left.
Once the needle has reached the bottom of
its stroke, and starts its upward travel, the fabric
travels up with the needle and a needle loop is not
formed. The hook point passes by the needle without
picking up the needle thread and a skipped stitch is the
result. To repair this problem, always use a ball point
needle when sewing stretch fabric and check the needle plate
hole to make sure the hole is not too large. If you are
using a straight stitch, be sure to install the straight stitch
needle plate and use the straight stitch presser
Other Causes of Skipped
- Not enough pressure on the presser
foot. Increase the presser foot tension by turning
the adjusting screw clockwise.
- Upper thread tension set too
tight. Turn the tension dial counter-clockwise to a
lower number, but watch for looped stitches on the bottom
of the fabric.
- Too much travel in the upper tension
check spring. However, this seldom
- Sewing machine is out of time.
Have a qualified sewing machine repairman set the hook
timing for you.