It seems my machine is now "skipping stitches". I'm not sure how to describe it. The top thread doesn't break, but the needle makes holes in the fabric as I sew, and the top thread doesn't hook up with the bottom. I'll be going along fine, then look back at my work to see that there are holes in the fabric, but no thread. Then it goes back to sewing properly. Perhaps a picture could clarify:
As you can probably see, to the left of my finger is a lopsided loop which I had sewn "loopy" and the straight part of the loop is one long stitch. You can also see the loop directly below my finger in the photo that the stitch length is really long (same goes for the loop below that one, also in the brown fabric strip). Finally, in the lower right corner, on the orange fabric, you can see where a quilted loop stops and starts- this is because I just ripped out the thread with my seam ripper. This isn't a matter of moving the quilt too fast, I have a new needle in, I only broke my thread once, and it only started happening today, after stitching my first 6 blocks a few days ago with no problems. I would LOVE any feedback or suggestions if any of my readers can figure out what might be wrong. Also, it's 100% cotton thread from Connecting Threads, if that's info that would be helpful.
Please help- I am in a very sour mood because this issue has surfaced as I am quilting the lightest block on my quilt with brown thread...booo!