Skipping Sewing Machine Stitches

Sewing Machine Trouble Shooting Solutions for Skipped Stitches

Sewing Machine Skipped Stitches
Sewing Machine Is Skipping Stitches. Debbie Colgrove

One of the most common sewing machine problems, following closely behind loopy, tangling bobbin thread is the sewing machine skipping stitches. It can be one skipped stitch or multiple skipped stitches between normally sewn stitches. The machine may even sew perfectly normal and then suddenly skip a few stitches and resume perfect stitching. This problem should not be ignored because it weakens the integrity and strength of your sewing. At the very least repair the problem and re-sew directly over the unreliable sewing or remove the entire line of sewing and start again.

Most sewing machine problems can be resolved by re-threading the sewing machine but skipped sewing machine stitches is a different story. The most common cause of a sewing machine skipping stitches is a problem with the sewing machine needle. The needle may be slightly bent, even if you can not see the bend, it may have developed a dull point from use or it may have a nick in it. The needle on your sewing machine is a replaceable part and the most inexpensive part of your sewing machine. Your first line of defense to skipping stitches is to change the sewing machine needle, being sure you are using the correct size needle for the fabric you are sewing. 

Using the wrong type of sewing machine needle can also cause skipped sewing machine stitches. A ball point or stretch needle should be used for sewing knit fabric while a sharp or all purpose needle is designed for woven fabrics. There are also many specialty sewing machine needles designed for specific fabric and the combination of a specialty needles and the fabric you are sewing may be needed.  If you are sewing leather, you may need to invest in a leather sewing machine needle. You can easily become educated a learn everything about sewing machine needles to avoid frustration.

Anyone who loves to cook knows there is a difference in pans and ingredients. The same can be said when it comes to your sewing equipment.  Thread quality is always a consideration. Although many people believe that the quality of thread does not make a difference, sewing microscopic views of the various thread is going to convince them otherwise. Is There a Difference in Thread? You Be the Judge! is an eye-opening article that will have you wanting to be an educated consumer when you go to buy thread. 

Many people believe that their sewing machine is incapable of sewing with specialty thread because their machine skips stitches or has other problems when they attempt to sew with specialty thread. Learning to Love Specialty Thread offers in-depth information that will have you loving to sew with all those beautiful specialty threads and creating all kinds of special effects.

If you notice that the stitching is different on the top and the bottom of the fabric, you will need to adjust your sewing machine tension. Your sewing machine manual is your best source for learning how to adjust the tension on your sewing machine. Almost all sewing machine manuals can be found and it is worthwhile to always have the manual for your sewing machine on hand to solve problems and get the most you can from your sewing machine.