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My Sewing Machine Is Skipping Stitches
                                                                                                                                                                                      
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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.)
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.
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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