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Skipping Stitches


Skipping Stitches
« on: June 13, 2018, 15:15:18 PM »
Sob... my shiny new Toyota Oekaki is disgracing itself by skipping stitches whenever it can.

I have done all the usual things - rethreaded top and bottom, fiddled with tension, changed needle, changed thread.  Changing the thread improved things dramatically because I was previously using a very old reel of rather lovely, but fairly thick, thread.  However, it did not get rid of the skipping completely.  I think it gets worse when it gets faster, but it does skip at lower speeds too.  When I was doing serpentine stitch last week it was consistently skipping the stitches on the right hand curve, and that was using the thread, needle and fabric that were supplied with the machine.

@Francesca - did you have stitch skipping issues with your Oekaki?

Does anyone else have any ideas or suggestions?
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Re: Skipping Stitches
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 15:23:07 PM »
No I didn't have this issue :( It was always fine for me.

Are you using the supplied bobbins, and is the thread moving around the bobbin in the right direction?


Re: Skipping Stitches
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 15:50:16 PM »
Yes - or one of the bobbins I ordered direct from Toyota, specifically for this machine, and yes the bobbin thread is going the right way - I do like the fact that this machine has arrows to show the direction of threading at top and bottom!

I have just watched a youtube video showing how to thread the machine, and I noticed that the reel of thread was turning anti-clockwise - I always have mine turning clockwise, so I tried changing that.  It then did a perfect row of serpentine stitch and a perfect row of straight stitch, but I turned the reel back the other way and it stitched perfectly that way too, so that's a possible solution, but when a fault is intermittent it's hard to know when it's solved!

The most recent problems have been when I was sewing on cotton lawn, and I will test it on that when I'm sure which bits are spare.
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Re: Skipping Stitches
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 16:18:08 PM »
Bobbin in the wrong way is a classic, particularly for horizontal drop-in bobbin cases. It's easy to get this the wrong way, going from one machine to the other it can be oposite. The same for threading, machines can be very similar, but might have just one small but important differece along the thread route. I'm guessing the needle threads front to back on your Oekaki? If it has fancy functions make sure it's not a setting error.

Some machines are difficult to make behave with top stitch thread, but it's usually tension issues, not skipped stitches. What type of thread is it? Sew all weight Gütermann is my favorite for test sewing, or another trusted brand. Make sure there's nothing wrong with the needle, it's not very common but even a brand new needle has turned out to be flawed, even a bad package of needles some times.

I can't think of anything at the moment, it's usually sorted out by going through a list of points to check.

Yet another thing to check is cleaning, around the bobbin case, race hook and feed dog area. In the worst cases hard packed lint has cause all kinds of problems, including skipped stitches.

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Re: Skipping Stitches
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 16:25:26 PM »
I know nothing about all this but when my machine was misbehaving, it was because, although I had the bobbin in correctly, the thread had gone off on a frolic of it's own and wasn't lying in the right place.
If my machine isn't threaded correctly the needle threader doesn't work otherwise I'd stil be looking at it blankly.  :[ It's a new machine and I'm just getting to know it.
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