Skipping occurs when the hook misses the top thread loop on the backside of the needle. The
needle will make an extra hole or holes in the fabric when this happens, but the stitch will be
This often confused with a stitch regulation issue, because the results appear very similar. The difference being that there will not be extra holes in the fabric in the middle of a long stitch when it is a stitch regulation issue.
Skipping stitches can be cause by:
- Timing on the machine needing adjusted
- Needle installed in the machine being the wrong system, size, point, or type. Needle being installed incorrectly, or a damaged or defective needle.
- Fabric type can also cause or magnify a problem with skipping stitches.
- Tension on the machine being too tight
- Hopping foot on the machine being adjusted to high.