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Skipping stitches :(
Any last ditch things I can try before taking it in to the shop?
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Date: 7/31/12 12:46 PM

So my 936 has been serging along beautifully until now, started a new project and I just can't get a good stitch. It seems to randomly be skipping stitches. I have tried different needles, different threads, different fabrics, fiddling with tensions, cleaning inside the machine (which I do religiously anyway, lint drives me crazy), oiled according to diagram in the manual.

I'm afraid the timing may be off. It's even skipping stitches without fabric - there's gaps in the "links" when I serge off a thread chain. It seems to be happening on the right needle - the 4 thread overlock looks better but on closer inspection you can see that that right needle is still skipping.

Any ideas as to what I can do, and if it does need to go in for service, any ideas what this will cost? I am so irritated because I wanted to be done with my project by now and I spent my entire afternoon off yesterday with NO KIDS in my house just fiddling with a cranky machine instead of making a beautiful swimsuit.

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Date: 7/31/12 12:51 PM

Well, I used my Brother 1034D for about five years before having it serviced, and probably servicing is a good idea because surely sergers can get out of timing more easily because of the speed and sometimes the thicknesses they deal with! It cost me $75 in 2010 in Vermont. Get it serviced!

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Date: 7/31/12 3:49 PM

If yo're sure it's threaded correctly, and seated well into the tension discs, and the needle is the correct type and fully inserted...then servicing is all that's left.

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Date: 7/31/12 3:50 PM

Silly Q, but is your telescopic guide fully extended?

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 7/31/12 7:32 PM

This use to happen to my 936 on a regular basis. The timing on the right needle would go out and I'd have to get it serviced every 12 to 18mths. I would lower the tension on the right needle thread to 3 to limp it through until I could take it to the tech. It wouldn't always work, exspecially on fabrics like swimsuit fabrics but it's worth a try. Also try a #90 stretch needle for swimsuit fabric, then book a time to take it in. HTH

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Date: 7/31/12 10:47 PM

Pretty much what I figured but I thought I'd ask. I just made a swimsuit and I think I threw the timing off. I'd rather get it fixed than try and limp through it. Just frustrating! Of course this doesn't happen when I am sneaking in an hour while baby's napping, it has to happen when I have an entire morning and afternoon that I can devote to peaceful, quiet sewing (or so I thought)

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