Member since 6/25/14
Date: 6/25/14 10:17 PM
What sort of machine needle should I use for stretch fabric?
I'm having trouble getting the stitch correct.
Member since 4/27/08
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Date: 6/25/14 10:19 PM
A ballpoint or a stretch needle are both good for stretchy fabric. Some people also have luck with microtex if those two don't work for you.
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Member since 12/3/06
Date: 6/25/14 11:13 PM
Jersey/Stretch type needles.
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Member since 2/11/10
Date: 6/26/14 0:36 AM
I mostly use a universal needle for knits, occasionally a ballpoint. If you are sewing on very slinky jersey, you might need a microtex.
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Member since 1/17/14
Date: 6/26/14 7:48 AM
I would start by looking in your machines manual.
I have one high end machine and I have to use a stretch 75 needle, when I use an 80 jersey in the other. So sometimes one machine does better with the one vs the other.
I never tried the microtex for knits, but I use it when I sew layers for bags and such.
had to edit, clearly I need to go get coffee...
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Member since 7/8/14
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 7/8/14 8:02 PM
I'm going to add on another question to this thread: I'm trying to hem a thin stretchy polyester shirt. I currently have a ballpoint needle for jersey in my machine (White 565) and have successfully tested it on slightly heavier fabrics, but as soon as I try to sew on the thinner polyester it doesn't stitch a single stitch! The fabric feeds through, but there are no stitches on it. Does anyone have any ideas?
Member since 2/12/06
In reply to PhoebeSG
Date: 7/8/14 9:09 PM
That's reaaaaallly skipping stitches! LOL
Try a sharp needle (type of needle, not referencing how sharp the needle is) first. If that doesn't work try a microtex sharp. I do a lot of knits and if the ballpoint is skipping that bad I'd just go straight to the microtex. HTH
Member since 12/23/13
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Date: 7/9/14 10:52 AM
You might need to use a smaller needle. What size of needle are you using? My last machine was terrible for skipping stitches if the needle was too big, also a microtex needle helped as well.
Member since 9/5/12
Date: 7/9/14 11:02 AM
Is the fabric a knit or a woven with spandex?
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