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Posted: Aug. 9, 2010, 3:14 PM
|I run a hq16 and we sometimes get skipped stitches. Up to about 3 inches of skipped stitch on top and bottom. What could be causing that?|
Re: skipped stitches
Posted: Aug. 13, 2010, 7:13 PM
Connie, my "HQ Quilting Sista" told me that it was that my tension was too tight. (it probably was, but my thread was bad! ) It might also be your thread.. or maybe it's your design. I kept trying to quilt a Saints design that I purchased on the internet and it kept skipping in several spots and I kept having thread breakage. I finally used a different brand of thread and adjusted my tension (the thread sounded like it was scraping through the tension discs it was so tight --- )but I sewed the whole quilt until I ran out of thread... and finished the last 1/4 of the last row with the bad thread. --- which took 2 hours to finish 30 inches of quilt! I also researched the discussion group and found a posting by one of the educators on proper needle size for thread size. I threw my bad black thread in a corner and ordered some YLI and Superior thread from kenquilt.com ... Haven't quilted with the new thread yet, but I'll post after I do.
I have learned not to try shortcuts... I ALWAYS make a separate quilt sandwich on the side and try my thread out and also stitch a portion of the design before going to the quilt. Even if it's the same fabric/ batting/ thread as a previous quilt, I still check it first! It's easier to spend the time checking than ripping out the design from the back of the rollers --- or worse--- spending the whole day ripping out the quilt!
Also.... try changing your needle.