Here is the story:
I had a size 14 ballpoint needle on the machine. It skipped. I tried lowering the needle. It would sew 5 stitches, skip 3, sew 9 stitches, skip 2, etc.
I tried a size 11 stretch needle on the machine. It skipped. I tried lowering the needle, something different happened. It sewed more than it skipped! Something positive could be happening! I tried lowering it a little more and it sewed about 25 stitches, and skip only 1. This put a smile on my face.
I tried my new needles. The same story as the size 14 ballpoint, for both. So, the Universal needles don't work.
My next move: size 8 or 10 ballpoint. Or a tune up.