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Date: 6/11/13 10:39 AM

Hi All,

I have a babylock eclipse which has been recently serviced. I want to make a gymnastics leotard. When I sew the side seam, the stitches look properly balanced when I inspect the seam. However, when I open out the fabric and look at the seam from the outside of the garment, without puling the seam apart too hard, the seamline opens slightly and I can see the needle threads - looks like the seam is grinning at me, or like the rungs of a ladder. For the moment I'm sewing the seams using the stretch stitch on my sewing machine then running them through the overlocker to neaten them, but I have a set of catsuits to make soon and these will take an age if I have to sew every seam twice!

If I tighten the needle tension it does help a bit, but if I tighten it too much there feels to be not enough stretch along the length of the seam - I don;t want to risk having seams snap!

Thanks for any thoughts or help anyone can give me!

Karen

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Date: 6/11/13 10:55 AM

When serging garments that take major stress, such as negative-ease leotards, I'd want to use a 5-thread safety stitch.

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