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 > It zigs but it will not zag ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
It zigs but it will not zag
Fruzzle

Fruzzle
Intermediate
Member since 1/26/07
Posts: 388
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/21/12 2:25 PM

My machine is skipping stitches when I try to zigzag. I KNOW it's some combination of stitch length, width, and tension that I need to hit right, but I'm not finding it, so I'm tapping into the brains trust.

I'm sewing fleece with a standard ballpoint needle and regular thread, and I want to edge-finish seams and an applique piece with zigzag. What am I doing wrong? I get bits where my stitches look like regular zigzags and bits where they just look like straight stitch.

Fruzzle

Fruzzle
Intermediate
Member since 1/26/07
Posts: 388
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Fruzzle <<
thumbsup 3 members like this.


Date: 10/21/12 2:35 PM

Quote: Fruzzle
My machine is skipping stitches when I try to zigzag. I KNOW it's some combination of stitch length, width, and tension that I need to hit right, but I'm not finding it, so I'm tapping into the brains trust.



I'm sewing fleece with a standard ballpoint needle and regular thread, and I want to edge-finish seams and an applique piece with zigzag. What am I doing wrong? I get bits where my stitches look like regular zigzags and bits where they just look like straight stitch.

Um.

Dear self. Read the label on the needle package.

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

Date: 10/21/12 2:59 PM

Care to tell us what needles you were using?

I've basted with double eyed needles-- the thread doesn't catch on the right side of the zigzag so that really long stitches result. Best results seem to be with the blind hem stitch.

------
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

cinca
cinca
Member since 4/27/11
Posts: 441
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Fruzzle <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 10/21/12 3:22 PM

Don't be embarassed. It is a relief for it to be so easily remedied.

We all have done this.

beauturbo
beauturbo
Advanced
CA USA
Member since 5/2/09
Posts: 2824
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Fruzzle <<


Date: 10/21/12 4:08 PM

I don't think you need to edge finish the seems with any zig zag as it does not un-ravel anyways, but if you really want to try to do that, I think a 3 step zig zag, with 3 little straight stitches for each zig and zag, and done pretty wide open as in a long stitch length would probably be better for that. You could try that.

I could not applique one piece of Polar Fleece onto another loose and floppy one very good with a tight zig zag satin stitch at all actually. Because my fabric would not like that very much. In order to do that, I would probably have to stick something under it to more stabilize it first. Like either some real stabilizer, (made for that kind of thing) or at least a piece of typing paper or computer bubble jet paper. If I actually wanted the tight satin stitch zig zag of the applique edges to look nice, I would have to do that very loose and open or might even have to put some wash a way clear stabilizer over the top of it too,not even counting the real stabilizer under it also, before even doing that, and also so my applique stitches did not all sink into the polar fleece and look not all that great.

Also try a real nice and sharp non ball point needle on a waste scrap and just see what happens. Then pull on it, and make sure you get no fabric runs. I don't think ball point needles are always all they are cracked up to be for everything always, and sometimes a good small sharp needle can even be better. You just have to try to see.

If your fabric is moving up and down every time the needle is going into it, and riding up on that fabric with each upwards needle movement, (same thing as flagging) that can make you skip stitches when it tries to make a stitch there too sometimes.

Fruzzle

Fruzzle
Intermediate
Member since 1/26/07
Posts: 388
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/21/12 7:25 PM

I was using a regular needle for wovens. As soon as I switched out for a ballpoint, all the problems went away.

I zigzag seams closed on fleece for a more finished look and also to give an extra set of stitching at the seams to strengthen them.

And I've definitely appliqued fleece to fleece before (pinned it first) using just a zigzag stitch. I usually zigzag inside the edges of the top piece then clip the edges to the edge of the zigzags.

Anyhoo, all is working well and I will have a small mouse costume in time for Halloween!!

marec
starstarstarstar
marec  Friend of PR
Intermediate
OR USA
Member since 5/11/08
Posts: 3997
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/21/12 7:54 PM

This is why my copy of More Fabric Savvy is near my machine. S. Betzina lists all the little details which might help in sewing a particular fabric.
Here is a link to Amazon---> More Fabric Savvy

------
my blog: http://kf-biblioblog.blogspot.com/
Sewing through my pattern stash-145
completed.

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 >> It zigs but it will not zag

Merchants on PR
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Put it on the Bias
Fee: $49.00
(Regular $49.00)
Put it on the Bias

Online Sewing Classes
Leather 101
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Leather 101

Jamie Christina JC-312MM
photo
Review by mimi g. on 10/23/11
Read Review

Islander Sewing Systems Moebius Scarf Pattern
Islander Sewing Systems Moebius Scarf Pattern

Details
Price: $9.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

You Sew Girl 100mm Shell Purse Pattern
You Sew Girl 100mm Shell Purse Pattern

Details
Price: $29.10
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simple Things Simply Sweet Circle Scarf Digital Pattern (006)
Simple Things Simply Sweet Circle Scarf Digital Pattern (006)

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

A New York Mini
A New York Mini

Details
Price: $7.50
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue Patterns 8839 Misses' Jacket
photo
Review by globalgran on 1/3/13
Read Review

Burda 7005 Pattern
Burda 7005 Pattern

Details
Price: $9.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Colette Patterns Ginger Pattern (1016)
Colette Patterns Ginger Pattern (1016)

Details
Price: $16.00
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