|My Sewing Machine Is Skipping Stitches
Sewing Information, Advice, How-to
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
Try these fixes:
Rethread your needle
It may be threaded incorrectly
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.