why does my singer sewing machine skip stitches

Skipped stitches when you e in the midst of sewing are really aggravating, especially when they occur on highly visible topstitching. But don t despair в often the fix is easy,Вquick and cheap. 1. A bent or dull needle
Sewing machine needle tips can only maintain their sharpness for about 6-8 hours of sewing time, so be sure to change your needle frequently. Even if you are not able to see obvious damage or dullness, if you have sewn a garment or two, it is definitely time to change your needle. 2. The wrong needle for your fabric With the variety of fibers and weaves we have available to us in today s fabric stores, thereВ is an accompanying variety of needles required to sew them correctly. In general, knit fabrics require a jersey or ballpoint tip. Most wovens do well with a universal tip, and specialty fibers, like or metallic, usually require specific needles. For more information on the right needle for the job, be sure to check out the Craftsy blog post, 3. Incorrect machine threading It is a good rule of thumb that if your stitching looks wacky for any reason, re-thread both the needle and bobbin to make sure you are following the manufacturer s directions correctly.

Also be sure you are using good quality thread, not a spool that your great-grandmother bequeathed to you. Of all the components in your project, thread is the usually the cheapest, so buy the best you can find. Your sewing machine will thank you! 4. Unbalanced needle thread tension I hesitate to suggest this remedy, because many people rush to use it first. It really is only a last resort, and often doesn t help much. The tension dials on sewing machines are generally set at the factory at the mid-point. Start by making relatively small changes and run a test stitch to evaluate the impact. If you need to adjust the tension dial using woven cotton fabric with good quality all-purpose thread and a new needle, it is time for a tune-up. If none of the above remedies help, take your machine to a qualified sewing machine mechanic for a thorough tune-up.

We ve all experienced some wacky things happening with our stitches. The thread will go all loopy or skipped stitches will mar that otherwise perfect topstitching. These are things that happen to everyone. These things shouldn t keep us from enjoying the process of sewing. So here are a few common problems and solutions explained to help the next time something comes up. (photo by Poor thread tension often comes from an incorrectly inserted needle. Machine needles have a flat side that should always face the back of the sewing machine. Check that the bobbin is wound correctly. It shouldn t have any loose threads or loops sticking out. Never wind thread onto a bobbin that already contains thread, always use an empty bobbin. Tension can be adjusted easily using the tension dial, but consult your sewing machine manual before doing so. The tension is too tight if the lower thread is pulled up to the top of the fabric. In which case, reduce the upper thread tension by adjusting to a lower number on the tension dial.

For the opposite problem, when the upper thread is pulled too much to the underside of the fabric, the tension is too loose. Adjust the tension dial to a higher number. (photo by Skipped stitches are symptomatic of several things, but a bent needle may be the culprit. When the stitches randomly start skipping, change your needle. If the stitches return to normal, then the problem was a bent needle. It can be caused by such things as tugging too hard on the fabric or the needle hitting a pin. Relax your hold on the fabric, and allow the feed dogs to pull it through. Make sure your machine is threaded correctly. Keep the pressure foot up every time you pull the thread through the machine. Another cause may be that the needle and thread are mismatched. Be sure to use the correct needle and thread for the job. When sewing knits use a ballpoint needle, and sharps for woven fabrics. Different weights of fabric need different size needles. Sometimes just changing the needle size will solve the problem.

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