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Date: 8/16/12 3:27 AM

I'm trying to do a rolled hem on some lightweight muslin, and I'm having trouble getting a perfect stitch. I've adjusted everything I can think of, but the upper looper thread is still ever-so-slightly... well, loopy (left of the needle stitch). I've gotten the best results by increasing the UL tension to its maximum, but every few stitches still have that little extra loopiness to them. It looks perfect on the underside.

I'm wondering if it might be a thread issue. I need a particular shade of brown (the best match I could find was C&C's "London Tan"), and I've tried both regular sewing thread and machine embroidery thread (the only thing I could find in largish cones that was remotely close to the right color). I'm getting slightly better results with the regular sewing thread. I would *like* to try something like Wooly Nylon... but I've looked at a couple of Wooly Nylon color charts online, and I'm not seeing a brown that's even similar. Our JA carries Gutterman's Bulky Nylon, which I've used before--but they didn't have a color that was close at all, and I'm not seeing *any* kind of Bulky Nylon color chart online.

Does anyone have suggestions for me? Either other settings I can try to tweak the stitch... or for thread options?

Thanks!!

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Date: 8/16/12 7:36 AM

I've been using Maxi-Lock Stretch and have liked it so far. You can see the colors here at Wawak. Is the Soapstone color close to what you need?

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Date: 8/16/12 8:18 AM

Are the loops left or right of the needle? Are they falling off the edge? If so, I'd change the cutting width on your machine to a lower number.

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Date: 8/16/12 8:19 AM

I buy a lot of thread from RedRockthreads.com.
If you put 'serger' in the search box you'll get a ton of different types, several are wooly-type, and I see a lot of different brown colors.
Also, Superior Threads has Polyarn. I have been using it and like it a lot. A couple of browns there.
-- Edited on 8/16/12 2:27 PM --

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Date: 8/16/12 11:36 AM

there's a thread on the brother 1034d that has some good tips and recommended settings for rolled hems. Might check that out....

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Date: 8/16/12 2:16 PM

Try using a wash away stabilizer. That might help since you said it's a lightweight muslin.

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Date: 8/16/12 7:17 PM

Thank you all!!

Navyseal, GREAT idea to experiment with serger threads I already had! Ok, that wasn't technically what you said, but I reloaded the UL with MaxiLock/ToldiLock, and tried it again--PERFECT STITCHES. YAY! (Took some experimenting, as the first color I grabbed was too close to the color of the muslin, which made it hard to judge the stitch quality. Sneaky!)

And the Soapstone looks terrific. I will be ordering a couple of cones ASAP!

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Date: 8/16/12 8:58 PM

So glad it worked out!

I got a really nice rolled hem with the maxi-lock stretch on a lightweight rayon jersey after many unsuccessful tries with gutermann sewing thread. What a relief when things work, right?

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