Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Beginner's Forum > what would case the thread to break when fabric is stretched ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
what would case the thread to break when fabric is stretched
Ida wants to learn
Ida wants to learn
Beginner
TX USA
Member since 1/2/09
Posts: 27
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/21/12 11:43 PM

I am trying to make a swimsuit. It is a nylon/spendex blend. I am using polyester thread, size 11 stretch needle. Zig Zag stitch. I have a singer 401a. I was trying to follow what the manual suggests for knits. It says BL for zig, zag. Red lever should be at 1-1/2 which is what believe I am doing. The red lever is stitch location. I believe it is s uggesting I have the stitches go to the left.

AFter I run the test fabric through, I start yanking on it pretty hard and the thread breaks. I went and yanked on my ready made swimsuit equally hard and it doesn't break so something isn't right.

Anyway, I have been trying to figure out where I am going wrong and decided to turn here for advice. TIA.

andye
andye  Friend of PR
Beginner
VA USA
Member since 5/9/09
Posts: 1850
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/21/12 11:50 PM

I found this stitch chart for the 401a. Try using the multi zigzag.

And, IIRC. wooly nylon can be used in the bobbin.


-- Edited on 4/21/12 11:58 PM --

------
Bernina B330
Feet: 1,2,3,3A,4,5,7,8,10,13,16,18,20, 29,32,35,37,50,64,70,71,82,85,86, 92

Ida wants to learn
Ida wants to learn
Beginner
TX USA
Member since 1/2/09
Posts: 27
Login to reply to this post

In reply to andye <<


Date: 4/22/12 0:34 AM

I believe that worked out better, Thanks Andye. I don't have that disk the chart suggested. This machine was given to me and the original owner said some things were missing and that disk happened to be one of them.

So I went without and it is a lot better.

I have noticed too that the bobbin thread when stretched out kind of puckers, loops. It isn't real bad but I want perfection. lol. I don't want this swimsuit to come apart at the pool. lol.

DreinPA
starstar
DreinPA  Friend of PR
Intermediate
PA USA
Member since 4/5/06
Posts: 289
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Ida wants to learn <<


Date: 4/22/12 9:34 AM

It will never be the SAME as RTW, but you can get closer.
The threads pop because they don't have the same stretch as the fabric.
So, the woolly nylon is a stretchier thread.
Then the multi-stitch zig-zag has more stretch in it. Alternatives also include a double needle straight stitch with woolly nylon in the bobbin.
Then you must stitch this from the right side of the fabric. The top will appear as two lines and the underside will be a zig-zag between the two rows. Gentle even tension on the fabric (stretching it as you sew) can also give you some additional movement but if you stretch it unevenly the stitches will appear uneven at the end.

HTH
Andrea

------
Don't confuse accessibility with ease; just because anybody can pick up a needle and thread doesn't mean sewing quality garments is easy.

SewPaula
star
SewPaula  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
MO USA
Member since 2/18/04
Posts: 405
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Ida wants to learn <<


Date: 4/22/12 11:03 AM

You don't need the disk with the Singer 401a. Set your stitch to B Q instead of B L and that will produce the multi-step zig zag stitch.

------
If I were a sewing machine, all I would have to do is lift up my foot and all my tension would be gone.

Sewing with my lovelies: Pfaff Ambition 1.5 (Pfoxxy), Kenmore 385.19365 (Kenny), Babylock Imagine and BLCS, 3 brothers (PE150 aka Gary, 1034D aka Scott and 2340V aka Darrell -- named for my three brothers), and the Singer quartet (Rosemary the 401a, Judy the 15-88, Ella the 15-91 and Bessie the 128)

Ida wants to learn
Ida wants to learn
Beginner
TX USA
Member since 1/2/09
Posts: 27
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/22/12 10:06 PM

Didn't find any wool Nylon thread at my local wal-mart. I will have to remember that next time I go to Handcocks. I have never stitched with a double needle. I know my machine has that justs never used it.

DreinPA
starstar
DreinPA  Friend of PR
Intermediate
PA USA
Member since 4/5/06
Posts: 289
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Ida wants to learn <<


Date: 4/23/12 9:06 AM

I believe the 401 will actually accept two needles side by side, in lieu of a double needle.

------
Don't confuse accessibility with ease; just because anybody can pick up a needle and thread doesn't mean sewing quality garments is easy.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Beginner's Forum >> what would case the thread to break when fabric is stretched

Merchants on PR
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Create a Jacket Muslin
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Create a Jacket Muslin

Online Sewing Classes
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts
Fee: $39.99
(Regular $39.99)
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts

BurdaStyle Magazine 06-2005-117
photo
Review by ladylola on 9/3/05
Read Review

Sew Chic Starter Skirt Pattern (ln1000)
Sew Chic Starter Skirt Pattern (ln1000)

Details
Price: $22.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

You Sew Girl Draped T-Dress Pattern
You Sew Girl Draped T-Dress Pattern

Details
Price: $15.90
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Alpine Wonderland Puffy Coat Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -12 years )
Peek-A Boo Alpine Wonderland Puffy Coat Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -12 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Coney Island Tankini Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )
Peek-A Boo Coney Island Tankini Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 5520
photo
Review by atmomma on 12/18/07
Read Review

McCalls 6755 Pattern ( Size 12-14-16-18-20 )
McCalls 6755 Pattern ( Size 12-14-16-18-20 )

Details
Price: $19.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

McCalls 6234 Pattern ( Size 10-12-14 )
McCalls 6234 Pattern ( Size 10-12-14 )

Details
Price: $13.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN