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Date: 8/29/12 2:12 AM

This is the first time Iím sewing rayon jersey (bought from Gorgeous Fabrics last year so definitely good quality) and Iím just having problems with the fabric on both serger and sewing machine. Both machines stitch in the same place/spot over and over again - but the fabric isn't 'eaten' by the machines - it's just stuck/not moving.

For serger, I finally figured out that it did not like uneven surface of the layers (I was sewing back neck facing to the back neck so part of the foot is on 3 layers of fabric while part of it is on just one layer). After I made sure the entire foot is resting on 3 layers of fabric, I was able to serge on. Is there another way to deal with this? Because the way I "fixed" it, I'm no longer following the stated seam allowance.

For sewing machine, I just gave up for the night Iím trying to topstitch the back neck facing down. Again, Iím dealing with multiple layers but the foot is resting on all layers (not uneven), but the fabric just isnít moving at all. Iíve tried regular foot, Teflon foot, and edgestitch foot and got the same result.

GAH!

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Date: 8/29/12 3:45 AM

A walking foot may be worth a try. I use a walking foot for all difficult fabrics.

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Date: 8/29/12 3:59 AM

Thanks Sue. I will give that a try tomorrow night!

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Date: 8/29/12 5:23 AM

Have you tried taut sewing? I don't have a walking foot and this often works (I would try it with scraps first though).

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Date: 8/30/12 6:59 AM

Try increasing the pressure on your foot.... knit fabric needs to be firmly gripped between the feed dogs and the foot in order to move smoothly.

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Date: 8/30/12 7:55 AM

I would actually decrease the pressure on the presser foot. Knits will stretch and ripple when then cannot move through the machine. When I choose knits on the sewing advisor of my Designer 1 sewing machine it decreases the presser foot pressure and always sews beautifully. Decrease the pressure on the serger too by loosening the screw at the top.

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Date: 8/30/12 8:05 AM

I actually use a combo of suggestions that are given here. I keep pressure, the same I use for any cotton/woven type fabric(I do not lighten up) and I make sure the fabric is taut. Also, make sure you are using a stretch needle.

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Date: 8/30/12 11:00 AM

A scrap of tissue or parchment paper might help the fabric feed a little more easily, too.

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Date: 8/30/12 12:42 PM

Sometimes, going to a 'stretch' needle works magic with cranky, stretchy fabrics, too. I've had that experience pretty often.

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Date: 8/30/12 2:04 PM

Thank you for the responses! I ended up trying the tissue method and it worked pretty well...my fabric moved!

Needle wasn't the issue - I used stretch needle on all stretch fabrics. The problem was with fabric not moving at all, it's like the feed dogs don't have anything to grip onto to move the fabric? Adding something grip-able (like tissue paper) worked. For serger, I have to make sure to start serging on even layers then it will serge fine. So tricksy!

This is for V1250 for my mom. It's all sewn up as of last night and I will hem it tonight. I wonder what problems I will have with coverstitchÖ

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