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 > Sewing Machines > Help! New Brother is puckering ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Help! New Brother is puckering
Problem with straight stitching
rubyslippers2
rubyslippers2
Intermediate
OR USA
Member since 9/17/13
Posts: 7
Login to reply to this post

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.

bestgrammy
star
bestgrammy
OR USA
Member since 8/29/06
Posts: 3530
Login to reply to this post

In reply to rubyslippers2 <<


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.

-- Edited on 9/18/13 1:24 AM --

Janie Viers
star
Janie Viers  Friend of PR
Advanced
OH USA
Member since 4/8/02
Posts: 2413
Login to reply to this post

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.

------
JanieV

ajoseph
ajoseph  Friend of PR
Member since 10/10/12
Posts: 176
Login to reply to this post

In reply to rubyslippers2 <<


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.

CSM--Carla
star
CSM--Carla  Friend of PR
Intermediate
FL USA
Member since 1/21/06
Posts: 1179
Login to reply to this post

In reply to rubyslippers2 <<


Date: 9/18/13 10:44 AM

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

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
OH USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 6835
Login to reply to this post

Date: 9/18/13 10:49 AM

Did you trim away the selvage before hemming?





-- Edited on 9/18/13 10:55 AM --

------
I dont give them Hell, I just tell the truth about them and they think its Hell. Harry Truman

"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

Karen31
star
Karen31
Advanced
USA
Member since 1/25/09
Posts: 1133
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 2 members like this.
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.

------
Karen

rubyslippers2
rubyslippers2
Intermediate
OR USA
Member since 9/17/13
Posts: 7
Login to reply to this post

In reply to PattiAnnJ <<


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.

rubyslippers2
rubyslippers2
Intermediate
OR USA
Member since 9/17/13
Posts: 7
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Karen31 <<


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.

rubyslippers2
rubyslippers2
Intermediate
OR USA
Member since 9/17/13
Posts: 7
Login to reply to this post

In reply to CSM--Carla <<


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.

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. Sewing Machines >> Help! New Brother is puckering

Merchants on PR
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!
Sewn Square One
Patterns for Your Style.
Web site

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
Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets
Fee: $49.00
(Regular $49.00)
Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets

Kwik Sew 3921
photo
Review by Ann Smith on 4/17/12
Read Review

Miranda Day Bag
Miranda Day Bag

Details
Price: $9.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Stitch 'n' Flip Jacket Construction - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford
Stitch 'n' Flip Jacket Construction  - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford

Details
Price: $35.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Sailor shorts Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )
Peek-A Boo Sailor shorts Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Salme Yoke Blouse Digital Pattern
Salme Yoke Blouse Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

No Pattern Used No Pattern used
photo
Review by Handmadeby... on 1/7/09
Read Review

Butterick 5722 Pattern ( Size 18W-20W-22W-24W )
Butterick 5722 Pattern ( Size 18W-20W-22W-24W )

Details
Price: $19.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

McCalls 6027 Pattern ( Size 6-8-10-12 )
McCalls 6027 Pattern ( Size 6-8-10-12 )

Details
Price: $17.95
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