Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Mystery of the MIssing Stitches
I was working on an a batch of patches for a customer. I finished the first tray. They were beautiful. I love her little bird design. Then I had to shut down for a day. I set up my machine to finish the order. Awful. I hadn't changed a thing on the machine, the design, the thread, the fabric, Nothing. So out came the trouble shooting. New needle. Clean everything. New bobbin case. New design. Re-thread. Re-load. Twenty, count them, TWENTY test patches later and nothing worked. It kept dropping the same stitches. The same stitches that came out perfectly the day before. UGH. I was ready to haul the machine off to the shop.
And then I noticed something. There were ripples in the fabric between the patches. In the perfect batch, the ripples were vertical. In the crazy skipping batch they were horizontal. The fabric has a light stretch too it. (It was the only white pair of jeans I could find.) By rotating the design on the fabric so that the direction of the stretch was 90 degrees off it came out perfectly.
Crazy. But lesson learned.