Skipped stitches...what finally worked

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Maybe this is not earth shattering, but I thought I'd post something
relevant to sewing besides all the spam that's showing up (M15???).
  I thought I had my skipped stitches problem fixed but it started on
a new blouse I'm making.  I'm topstitching a placket made of
ultrasuede right next to the front zipper.  I wanted the stitching to
be very close to the edge of the ultrasuede which is very close to the
zipper (zipper is a design element and shows), so I used a zipper
foot.  I got several places with 2-3 skipped stitches, and went back
and tried to fill them in with no luck.  I tried putting more pressure
on the presser foot, and less.  Did not work.  I was really frustrated
and put it aside for awhile.  I thought about it and came back to it
and looked closely at the adjustment of the needle to the zipper
foot.  There is a little cutout in the zipper foot and my needle was
outside of the cut.  It was where I usually have it adjusted.  I
carefully adjusted the foot so that the needle was inside the cutout
as close as it could go without hitting the metal of the foot.  Then I
topstitched another side of the placket and the stitches were
perfect!  Such a simple thing!
  Cheryl


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  There is a little cutout in the zipper foot and my needle was
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Isn't that the way it goes so many times. What looks like a major
problem is really a matter of taking a closer look.
Juno

Re: Skipped stitches...what finally worked
The problem is called flagging. It is not at all an uncommon cause of
skipped stitches. What happens is the material being sewn, and ultra suede
is a great example, adheres itself to the needle. Given there is/was no
support from the foot or the needle plate the material sticking to the
needle will close the loop that is necessary to from the stitch resulting in
a skipped stitch.


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Aha!  
So one reason I have more trouble with skipped stitches on knits than
on wovens is that I invariably use a zig-zag foot on knits! Therefore
I should  use the foot with the smallest hole and flattest bottom when
next I sew a knit.

Joy Beeson
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Re: Skipped stitches...what finally worked
Joy Beeson wrote:
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Are you using the right needle for the knit?  I use a narrow zigzag on
knits, and for Lycra knits I use a super-stretch needle rather than a
standard jersey or ball point needle.

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