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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Janome Coverpro 1000CP - Skipped Stitches? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Janome Coverpro 1000CP - Skipped Stitches?
Is this normal, or do I need to get it looked at?
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Date: 4/17/12 11:08 AM

Hi again,

I've finally got my coverpro working pretty decently, it sews perfectly once it's got going.
I feel like I've come so far with it, however, everytime I begin sewing it sews without including the bottom thread, after about 20cm it'll start including the thread & then will work perfectly till it gets to a seam. When it gets to the seam, it doesn't just skip the odd few stitches it sews only with the needle (so it looks perfect from the top, but when you turn it over the bottom thread is loose & not included, just a long thread) for a good 20-30cm & then suddenly it'll pick it up & sew properly again! I have tried every way I can think of to get it to not skip, the fabric I'm using is very thin too, it's not a bulky seam at all! It's pretty much unusable to me if I can't get it to do this.
My question is, to others who own this machine, is this normal? Or do I need to take it to be looked at & possibly serviced?
I'm totally new to coverstitches, so I have no idea if this is normal or if I'm expecting too much from it, or if it just very obviously needs looking at. I'm just getting very frustrated with it, as it's an expensive piece of equipment to just be sitting there totally unusable to me

Thanks for all your help so far!
-- Edited on 4/17/12 1:09 PM --

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Date: 4/17/12 12:14 PM

Are you using the "hump jumper" thing at the seams?

Also, did you try the technique where you snip the vertical seam, then push the sides of the seams to opposite directions?

Here's the link to Gigi's method:
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I've also found I need to try to keep the speed smooth, no rapid accelerations+decelerations (my husband wishes this smooth speed would cross over into my road driving haha)

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Date: 4/17/12 3:17 PM

Hello,

Thanks for the reply!

Yes, I am using a hump jumper (well, a home made one!) but it still does it, I've tried going over it at a steady speed, very quickly, super slowly, turning the wheel by hand till after the seam, but no matter how I do it it still skips! :(
I can't use that technique as I'm trying to make a tank top & it's a shoulder seam & I am trying to attach binding around the armholes.
The fact that it skips stitches/leaves the looper thread loose once I start a new piece (after cutting the previous threads), for a good 7-8 inches, before it starts sewing correctly is making me lean towards it being a technical issue? Or is this just something coverstitches (or this specific model) do?

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Date: 4/17/12 4:12 PM

I have this machine and no, it's not normal. When I first started I did have some issues with skipped stitches and found that the tension was part of the problem, sometimes it was the needles. If I experience issues I go up a needle size to the 1 and that seems to help.

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Date: 4/17/12 4:41 PM

no it is not normal. Are you using the recommended EL needles whcih are slightly longer than regualr SM needles.

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Date: 4/17/12 4:52 PM

Are you using thread nets? Do you need to increase the foot pressure?

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Date: 4/17/12 5:57 PM

I have the janome 900 and after I got used to it seldom have any issues. The janome dealer took it out of the box and sewed it out and made any adjustments before I ever got it way back when. He told me it was fine to use regular schmetz needles unless I wanted to buy the others and that is what I have been using from day one. If it keeps up go back in with the samples and have it looked at, one is useless if it is going to screw up your garment and you shouldn't be having non stop issues . My first step with it is to rethread using the manual if it's been awhile and change the needles if it acts up and I keep some knit scraps handy and do a sample before I give it the real hem once I rethread and change needles. I probably need to have mine serviced as it has never had any maintenance and I've had it since they first came out other than brushing it out. I love my janome coverstitch. If I were having issues it would have to get fixed or replaced as I really love using it.

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Date: 4/17/12 8:31 PM

I had the same problem and adjusting the presser foot pressure does the trick for me.
-- Edited on 4/17/12 10:32 PM --

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Date: 4/17/12 10:22 PM

It has been awhile since my machine was new and forgot that the machine came with the presser foot pressure really tight. The manual also had how to loosen it backwards, righty tighty lefty loosey as they say. That was a big help.

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Date: 4/18/12 0:13 AM

I found the skipping stitches was common on bulkier seam allowances. Even after correct prep, adjusting presser foot pressure and tension, fresh needles, correct threading etc, it could still happen. And it happened worse the bulkier the seam intersection was even with flipping seams, fusing them in place and holding my tongue just so... I made a tonne of garments last year and used it for hemming them with very mixed results.
When I moved, my machine was damaged. I had it fixed and returned to as new condition, and am selling it. It didn't always skip stitches but it skipped enough to be really annoying for me. I hear others do not have any problems ever so it makes me wonder since i see many who do have problems with that model if perhaps like cars, some work better than others.
Anway because I had my machine fixed under a warranty claim which took forever to settle, and I knew it would take forever, I bought a different brand of coverstitch, the Bernina 009DCC so I could finish garments I was working on. It has yet to ever skip a stitch. I had samples of the fabrics the previous machine skipped over, prepped the seams and sewed, even tugging and pulling on the fabric to TRY to make it skip a stitch as those things would normally be a recipe for disaster, but it sews perfectly. I find I don't miss the different needle options because I am learning I can relax and know that it is not going to skip stitches on me. I was prepared to trade the 3mm narrow hem for perfect stitches at a set width of 5mm that you see a lot in RTW. It has a compensating foot that delivers better fabric feeding than I experienced on my particular machine before, as well as diff. feed and adjustable presser foot pressure. I know those who love their coverpros will probably staunchly defend the model to the death but I think its good for you to know there are others out there who have been less than impressed even when they have learned to tame and use their machine correctly. I have certainly been much happier with my coverstitching since i made the switch.
It could be yours needs adjustment or it could be that it might do better on only certain fabrics, those that don't stretch much and are not too bulky.

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