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Date: 4/30/13 12:43 PM

I just got a Brother coverstitch and while it has been fine on cotton knits it will not sew on lycra swimsuit fabric. It keeps skipping stitches and sucking the fabric down below. I am using a Schmitz 90 needle and the machine is threaded correctly. Any advice?

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Date: 4/30/13 1:57 PM

Did you check the troubleshooting section of the manual for your machine?

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Date: 4/30/13 1:57 PM

Does the machine have a pressure adjustment for the presser foot?


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Date: 4/30/13 2:03 PM

There is not a dedicated troubleshooting manual. It does not address skipping stitches in the manual.

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Date: 4/30/13 3:08 PM

I think that is because in the box with the machine they did not even bother to include any needles made for stretch knits and jersey's at all, and just instead only gave you Schmetz 130/705H universal point kind of needles instead. So those might be good for all wovens and some knits, and good enough for that cotton knit maybe, but Lycra swimsuit fabric is a whole another animal and most times needs jersey or even stretch kind of needles, or you will just always get skipped stitches. I think they probably even tell you in your manual, that is sewing on Jersey or knits to use Schmetz 130/705H SUK ballpoint kind of needles if having problems on a knit, just because I can even read that in some manuals there. So I think you probably just missed that part. So I think they expected you to run out to the store, and spend a little more money and get some more different needles if wanting to get very best results on swim suits actually.

I don't have that machine, but if I did, and I still got skipped stitches even with their recommended in the books 130/705H SUK Schmetz Jersry kind for that (which they did not give you probably) then I might even move up to a Schmetz 130/705 H-S real stretch needle instead, as long as I could turn the fly wheel by hand first, and needle not hitting anything, as I think that might be even better for lycra swim suit fabric, if you were allowed to use that.

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Date: 4/30/13 3:09 PM

Based on my (limited) experience with a (defective) 2340CV, I'd suggest that you try a different needle.

Mine skipped stitches on nylon lycra with the 90 needles supplied with the machine, but did better with Schmetz 80 needles. Also, you can try a Schmetz stretch needle instead of a universal.

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Date: 4/30/13 3:31 PM

I have new Schmitz 90 ball point needles in now. I switched everything to wooly nylon and shortened the stitch length. I *think* it is better for now. No more large skipped areas and it isn't pulling into the throat plate.

In general should I be using a smaller or larger needle on swimsuit fabric? Swimsuits are new to me.

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Date: 4/30/13 3:50 PM

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I have new Schmitz 90 ball point needles in now. I switched everything to wooly nylon and shortened the stitch length.

You have wooly nylon going thru the needles? Usually it is used just in the looper, but I still have a lot to learn.

Ball point needles won't do as well as "Stretch" needles on the lycra blend jerseys. There is a difference but I don't know how to explain it.
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Date: 4/30/13 4:00 PM

Quote: Doris W. in TN
[quote] I have new Schmitz 90 ball point needles in now. I switched everything to wooly nylon and shortened the stitch length.

You have wooly nylon going thru the needles? Usually it is used just in the looper, but I still have a lot to learn.



Ball point needles won't do as well as "Stretch" needles on the lycra blend jerseys. There is a difference but I don't know how to explain it.[/quote]
Yes, I put it in the needles after looking at some RTW swimsuits and seeing they used it in the needles. It seems to be working okay right now. I don't know the difference between a stretch and ball point needle. I have some 90 stretch here, I will switch and see if that helps, thanks!
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Date: 4/30/13 4:15 PM

This happened to me until I switched to a smaller size stretch needle, Now it's fine. Stretch needles are especially for fabrics like swimsuit fabric. You could use a 10 or 12 depending on the weight of the fabric.

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