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Please help - my Tippmann boss is missing stitches/not stitching at all. Using 277 thread and a 200 leather point needle. Trying to sew 8/9oz veg tan (single layer). Tension adjusted as per instruction manual. Tried turning needle, adjusted rack stop, nothing is working! 

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Make sure you are pushing the handle through the full stroke, If you don't go all the way up until it stops it will drop stitches.  I had one of those for a couple of years, and always had trouble with the thread looping around the needle on the upstroke until someone told me to put a pipecleaner through the last guidetube on top of the machine to hold tension on the thread at that point . Goodluck

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I have carefully made sure I am using the full stroke - still having the issue. When I watch the shuttle, the hook does not consistently catch the needle thread. I have adjusted the rack stop screw and can't seem to solve the problem. 

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Sorry that my advice didn't help you. Have you tried a search for Tippmann Boss on this site. you should be able to find more info. You will find that people either love or hate those machines. I had mine for about three years, and used it a lot. My experience was that there was always something  frustrating going on with that thing.

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Have you tried talking with the folks at Tippmann?  They have always been very helpful to me...

Tippmann Toll Free tech line is open M-F from 8:30-5 eastern.

866-286-8046       Please ask for the service dept.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Edited by LNLeather
because I do Hope this helps!

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I unthreaded the machine and started with the basics. Ran some material through and adjusted the pressure foot tension. Rethreaded the needle and started stitching, constantly adjusting tension. I don't have it perfect yet but I have it functioning much better. I will keep practicing and tweaking. Thanks everyone for your help!

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Could be as simple as a bent or dull needle. Try a brand new one and make sure it's installed inn the correct orientation.

Michelle

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It's sounds like you're on the right track.  I had similar problems with mine.  Besides the good advise given by others, switching my bobbin thread to 207 with 277 on the top also helped.

I must confess, however, that I now use a much better power machine.  I still use the Tippmann as a hole punch for the welts on very heavy cowboy action shooting holsters.

 

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