Hello Stitching Community!
Wednesday is Understanding Your Creative Partner, YOUR SEWING MACHINE, Day!
In this email we will examine: SKIPPED STITCHES :
To understand SKIPPED STITCHES we need to have an understanding of a few items:
Let's start with the photo that prompted this discussion!
If you zoom in on the photo you will see 2 rows of stitching.
There are a few things going on here.
Let's work to rule some things out.
First Skipped Stitches
My Rule out list. Things to look at:
Other issue, Varying Stitch Length
Let's look at how your machine forms a stitch!
To see how your machine forms a stitch, we have to look under the throat plate.
Remove your throat plate. It may just pop off or you may have to remove some screws.
Then take out the bobbin and bobbin case.
Let's locate the hook. Below you can see the hook. It has a thread loop caught over it
To form a stitch, the hook has to pass behind the needle at the exact time that the needle is in the down position and be close enough to the needle to "grab" the thread but not so close that it hits the needle. This is why it is sew important to have your needle in correctly. The back side of the needle has a "curved out area" called the scarf. This enables the hook to catch the thread.
Now that you have identified the hook, place your bobbin case and bobbin back in place.To form a stitch the hook "grabs" your needle thread. As the hook spins, the thread passes over the top of the bobbin case and bobbin "picking up" the bobbin thread.
Your take up lever then pulls your thread back up into your machine. This causes a loop to form creating the lock stitch.
The hook rotates around and around to form all of those stitches you need to create an item!
Please note I teach all of this in my Get to Know Your Machine Series, which is now called,
Help! I think my sewing machine hates me class!
So there you have it! That is how a stitch is formed! That is probably enough information for today!
Next Week we will troubleshoot those skipped stitches!
Be Sew Knowledgeable!