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Help with sewing a very strech polyester ish fabric?
Im skipping stitches and shredding thread?
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Date: 2/24/14 1:54 PM

The stitches are great on a cotton test peice but wont seem to work on the drag queen fabric?

Any help?

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Date: 2/24/14 2:02 PM

What kind of needle are you using? If the fabric is stretchy, I would recommend a stretch needle (sometimes a microtex is required).

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Date: 2/24/14 2:13 PM

I was using a ball point - let me switch needles.

IDK .. there is a decorative metallic dot all over the fabric, maybe Im having problems with that... but I bought it at Joannes I assume it was made to be sewn with. LOL

Thanks for the tips!

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Date: 2/24/14 2:22 PM

Those metallics may well be what is causing the problem. However, when it comes to knits I use the jersey stretch needles instead of ballpoint as that is what the usual answer is for skipping, so why not go the the correction and forego the possibility of skipped stitches!

In this case I don't have a solution for the shredding as it may well be the metallics that is causing this as well.

Sequins can be removed from the line of stitching, but these sound like they are imbedded.

PS: A larger needle may eliminate thread shred.



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Date: 2/24/14 2:24 PM

Portland - the embellished stuff is a real challenge to work with. SheBear has a ton of experience. I second her microtex sharp suggestion with frequent changes. This dress has glitter all over it and it chewed up needles pretty quickly I don't think the seams are very pretty, but it holds together, which is the main thing.

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Date: 2/24/14 2:41 PM

Very nice dress --!!

Thank you guys for helping me so fast - I did put in a stretch needle, Ill get some more sharps.

Thank you + Thank you --

I spent actual money on fabric, and part of this new machine was so I would have a nice stretch stitch. I was more than crest fallen when I thought I could not use either of my new things.

Thank you!

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Date: 2/24/14 4:22 PM

If no needle, even a real stretch one with the extra deep scarf, nor a very sharp one will do it, all by it's self, on a particular icky dense but kind of thin, polyester fiber, and no machine will sew it good either after trying a few, or a bunch, then I also start bringing out my very last ditch resort, which is just sandwiching it, in-between layers of paper top and bottom, and sewing through the whole thing like that, and then ripping off and removing the paper later. That often helps some, for a few reasons, but I don't like to have to do that if I don't really need to either. Just since if the paper does not rip off clean, then you might be pulling paper bits off with tweezers later.

But sounds like you have not tried that yet either. So use that too, if you really have to. Some fabrics are just not very sew-able sometimes.

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Date: 2/24/14 4:42 PM

Gorgeous Fabrics - sewing on knits This 4-minute video (and she has great fabrics, too!) explains different needles for different knits. IMO, it was well worth my time to watch it and saved me a lot of aggravation on ITY knits.

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Date: 2/24/14 5:19 PM

Thank you for the info and posts - I was thinking about adding a paper layer -- ohh it was giving me a headache thinking about it. YUCK.

But, if that is what it takes...

Great vid - thank you.

I only make costumes (bad ones) and Im only now trying t make better costumes.

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Date: 2/24/14 6:48 PM

If you got some sheets of clear wash a way stabilizer, you might be able to cut it in thin strips and use even that, kind of like paper strips sometimes, if so, then you could just run a damp qtip over it afterwards and it would just pull/melt off right there real easy.

I don't have to sew over paper very often at all, just very occasional, but there have been a very few fabrics I have resorted to doing that with. One was a lovely looking and feeling, real thin but very dense knit back mircosuede cloth that was just real hard to sew with any other way. And I did try many machines before resorting to the paper.

Maybe it depends on why your fabric is kind of hard to sew into. If you find it ends up kind of riding up on the needle, every time the needle rises up so it's kind of flagging up and down there, and so misses stitches as it's trying to raise it's self off the stitch plate, with each stitch, then the paper thing is pretty good for that most times. Plus it gives you a tiny bit more thread in each stitch too. If you got applied metallic dots on it that are sticking to something, or such having the paper or some clear stabilizer over it, might help too.

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