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From: sew4hobby
Date: 12-07-2006, 02:20 PM (1 of 6)
Good afternoon,

I am working with an Embird alphabet and I'm putting a name on a karate belt. The stitches are skipping. It looks tacky and it's making me crazy. I am using a cutaway stabilizer, and a sticky to hold the belt still. I have tried a 70/10 and an 80/12 needle, and it still skips. I've rethreaded, changed needles, changed density, stood on my head in the corner, put my right hand on my hand and stood on one foot. I just can't seem to make it look nice. Please give me your suggestions. On screen there are no problems with the alphabet. I have check stitch points and everything else I can think of.

I am using the Designer 1.

John 1:12
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From: lendube
Date: 12-07-2006, 02:28 PM (2 of 6)
I know your pain! Believe me!

Can't help much but when I had the same problem a heavier stabilizer (you might even try two layers) and a larger needle (14 - titanium, if you have it) helped me.

Sorry, that's all I have.

Lennie Good Luck.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 12-07-2006, 02:33 PM (3 of 6)
I would also tend to go with a 14, 16, or even a denim needle.

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From: Chrysantha
Date: 12-07-2006, 04:31 PM (4 of 6)
I'd use a denim needle....HOOP the belt and not use a stabilizer. (if it's the THICK type webbing belt, it may not need a stabilizer...sometimes denim doesn't neet to be stabilized, because it's thick and stiff already.) Hoop the belt REALLY tight. Slow your machine down.
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From: paroper
Date: 12-07-2006, 11:57 PM (5 of 6)
Remember you are not making the design stiff or dense you are keeping the fabric from shifting and drawing...that is why it is called stabilzer...if it were to make the design stiff it would be called stiffener. If you denium or any other fabric has give in any direction it needs to be stabilized to give the best results and the stabilizer weight needs to match the weight of the fabric you are using.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: Tom Land
Date: 12-08-2006, 01:38 AM (6 of 6)
Skipped stitches means that the hook is unable to catch the loop formed by the thread. A number of things can cause this but assuming the machine is performing well on all other fabrics it is most likely that the thread is being pinched too tightly by the weave of the belt so it is unable to form a large enough loop. I would make sure I was using a very smooth thread (not Sulky). I would also use a titanium needle or a thread lubricant such as Lube-a-thread. If these don't do the trick it is likely that your needle is too far from the hook. The needlebar on the D1 does tend to shift to the front or back and needs to be adjusted periodically. To check to see if this is the case remove the bobbincase and set the machine with the needle in the left most position. Turn the handwheel until the point of the hook is directly behind the needle. Using something like a small screwdriver press the needle back to the hook and release it (press on the needle at the level that is even with the hook point). While doing this watch the point of the needle. There should be almost no movment. The idea is that the needle should be as close to the hook as possible without actually touching it. If there is more than an ever-so-slight movement you are most likely going to have to take it to the dealer. Also check to make sure that the needle hasn't shifted to the back so that the hook is deflecting the needle. This you can check by running the machine with on the widest zig zag and listen for a light clicking noise.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
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