My Sewing Machine Is Skipping Stitches
Try these fixes:


Rethread your needle

    It may be threaded incorrectly (backwards).


Reinsert your needle

    Make sure it goes all the way into the holder and that it’s positioned correctly – usually with the flat
    side away from the bobbin, but consult your machine’s manual to be sure.


Change your needle

    Your needle may be blunt, bent, or otherwise damaged.

    Your fabric may require a different needle. Generally, heavier fabrics require larger needles and thinner
    fabrics, smaller needles. You may also need a larger needle if you’re sewing through many layers of
    fabric. And make sure to use a ballpoint needle for knit fabrics and a sharp needle for wovens (or a
    universal needle for either).

    And make sure your needle is appropriate for the type of thread you’re using.


Adjust the pressure of your presser foot

    It may be too light for your fabric.


Change your thread

    If your upper thread and bobbin threads are different types, try using the same thread for both. And
    use a good quality, brand name thread.


Adjust your thread tension

    It may be too tight or too loose.


Rethread your machine

    It may be threaded incorrectly.


Change your needle plate

    Try switching to a needle plate with a smaller hole (a straight stitch needle plate).

    (Important: After changing your needle plate, check to make sure your needle aligns perfectly with
    this smaller hole before starting to sew. A misaligned needle could hit the plate and break, which could
    be dangerous. And make sure to change your needle plate back for zigzag and other wide stitches.)
Still having problems?

Try visiting your
sewing machine manufacturer's website. They may have a
troubleshooting guide specific to your machine.

Also, you may want to try posting your question on one of the many
sewing forums.
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