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Left Needle Skipping Stitches
Josephine Mary
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Date: 2/27/06 5:18 AM

Hi

I have a Janome Coverstitch and it is skipping two stitches on the left needle every so often in the seam - sometimes around 8 - 10 inches apart.

I have changed needles (using recommended EL 705 size 80) and rethreaded, adjusted tensions and reduced the foot pressure. I have also tried spray starch and I have thread nets on my cone and thread caps on my spools.

Sometimes I think it is when i slow down or shift my hands on the fabric and also at seam intersections (on hems) - but I don't pull or tug on it just guide it to the foot.

I'm currently topstitching light stretch denim but it has also happened on knits.

Would love some suggestions -

Thanks

Josephine (doing lots of unpicking and testing and not much sewing).

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Date: 2/27/06 5:38 AM

Josephine, the only other thing I can think of is the foot pressure. I have mine set at less than the factory setting. It could be that the pressure on the feed dogs is pulling on the fabric too much and stretching it.

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Date: 2/27/06 3:44 PM

Thanks - maybe I need to reduce it even more.

Should I be able to change my speed and even stop or use the hand wheel without ruining the stitch?

Surely I have to do that e.g. on outside curves (I am about to attempt this with hemming a flounce for a skirt).

Or do I have to keep a constant speed and not adjust the fabric.

I am just not sure if my problem is user error (which I have always assumed) or whether I need to visit my dealer.

Many thanks

BTW I am very tempted to buy that vogue skirt pattern after seeing your lovely versions.

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Date: 2/27/06 4:06 PM

You should be able to change speeds and stop and start without getting skipped stitches. One time I had a skipped stitch was when I was doing a slight curve on the V neckline of the Burda 124 Jun 06 top and I must have pulled on the fabric a tad too much.
Then I have sailed over all the four thicknesses on the 20 seams of the Vogue 7767 skirts I have hemmed.
Fickle and frustrating I know.

I loosened my Foot pressure a lot.

Are you using the ELX705 needles?
I use the 12 size for everything, I found the 14 too thick.

If all else fails, maybe a trip to the dealer and try one of their machines...or get them to use yours to see if they can recreate the problem.

Thanks for your kind comments.

Correction -should have written foot pressur /not DFeed.
-- Edited on 2/27/06 5:13 PM --

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Date: 2/27/06 4:47 PM

Hi, I have been playing with mine all afternoon. I thought I got working right, when I did a v on a top and skipped stitches again. Several times I went to pm you Vonnevo but thought I would try something else. I took it to the dealers and they said it was fine. I am ready to throw it out the window and spring for a babylock. Right now I have the 80/12 needles so I will give the 14 a try. Funny, I thought I would check PR to see if there was anything new I could find on the Coverpro and this thread was there! Thanks Josephine and Vonnevo.

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Date: 2/27/06 5:02 PM

Frustrating when they dont work. Sometimes when I change the threads, it doesn't get seated in the tension disks properly. I find I have to rethread and start again.
Also, hold the thread before the tension disk and pull gently on it so it gets between the tension plates.

99% of the time, my CP sews without a hitch. The other 1% is me amd my user technique. I am still mastering this little beauty and so far have discovered that if it acts up, it's mostly me and not the machine.
Also using a serger/overlocker or a CS machine, as compared to a sewing machine, is like driving a tank as compared to a front wheel drive car. You can't swing them round tight corners!

I sometimes wonder if the extra wide harp space on our CP machines, enables us to swing the fabric around a little more, than the models without the space. I do find that they will sew around curves, but like a serger, it's best to make the fabric into straight path.
-- Edited on 2/27/06 5:05 PM --

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Josephine Mary
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Date: 2/28/06 4:43 AM

Thank you very much for your comments. I have reduced the foot pressure even more and it seems to be much better -

I also started one of the other thread cones which came with the machine (I just ran out of one of the four on my looper) and this also seems better - very weird but I guess threads can be inconsistent.

I am much happier with it now and have been changing my speed and I also successfully sewed the hem on a kwik sew (3032) skirt flounce in a knit using your glue stick tip - this worked beautifully.

Thanks again

Josephine

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Date: 2/28/06 5:41 AM

Wonderful news Josephine
I hope you continue to have frustration-free coverstitching.
I use the glustik so much now, I keep a back up. Thanks to some quilters on my Janome 6500 list who let me into that secret.
Vonne

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-- Edited on 2/28/06 5:42 AM --

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Date: 2/28/06 8:41 AM

Using thread nets are supposed to be helpful in preventing skipped stitches. I believe also that Belinda said that she uses regular sewing machine thread in the needles and serger thread in the loopers.

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Josephine Mary
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Date: 3/3/06 5:03 AM

Thanks.

I do use the thread net on the looper thread cone (which came with the machine) and I had the caps on the regular spools for the needles. I think it was a combination of foot pressure and needle tension adjustments.

All is now well and I feel I am 'bonding' with my machine. I've also printed out heaps of pages from previous threads for reference.

I get so much great advice from all the wonderful sewers here!

Happy sewing

Josephine

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