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Problem with straight stitching
rubyslippers2
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Date: 9/18/13 1:07 AM

I have a new Project Runway Brother PC-420. I'm making dinner napkins of a light cotton blend and want to hem them with a simple straight stitch. The stitches that run parallel with the selvage are puckering badly. The stitches running across the grain are fine.
The tension is fine. The needle is the smallest one that came with the machine (11). I tried some decorative stitches, but they pucker as well. The thread size is 30, maybe too heavy?
What else can I try? Thank you for any suggestions.

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Date: 9/18/13 1:21 AM

Is the hemming being done with a rolled hem foot...and if so...what size mm is the foot?

Edited to add: Forgot to say maybe lengthen stitch length for all sides.

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Date: 9/18/13 10:03 AM

Taunt stitch. Hold the fabric before and after the foot taunt as you sew on the sides that tend to pucker. Sounds like your feed dogs are doing too good a job of pulling the part of tight fabric against the dogs forward faster than the topmost layer.

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Date: 9/18/13 10:33 AM

if i am not mistaken, on another posting someone was having a similar problem. don't remember which machine. someone posted to try a smaller stitch. contact Brother directly and ask them. maybe my memory is gone, but i don't remember having any problems with my pre computerized sewing machines.

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Date: 9/18/13 10:44 AM

Maybe, try a new needle. That has worked for me in the past.

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Date: 9/18/13 10:49 AM

Did you trim away the selvage before hemming?





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Date: 9/18/13 1:05 PM

It is remarkable how grain direction can influence stitch sometimes. And twill weaves can play a role in stitch appearance as well (though I've never experienced puckering, the twill just distorts).

Taut sewing may help, but I would try a sharp needle - by that I don't mean a new vs used needle, I'm referring to specific needle type, Sharp rather than a Universal. It's become my go to needle type for wovens.

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Date: 9/18/13 3:32 PM

Yes. I noted the difference between stitching in the two directions on a leftover piece of the fabric.

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Date: 9/18/13 3:34 PM

Thanks. I hadn't heard of different needle types, Sharp vs Universal. I'll make a note and try that if no results with these other methods.

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Date: 9/18/13 3:36 PM

Thanks for the idea. This is actually a new needle, the one that came installed in my new machine. This is my first project with this machine.

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