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Posted on: 12/1/09 1:05 PM
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I sew with quite a few rayon jersey knits and while I simply love this fabric, sewing it on a sewing machine can be a challenge. I've tried changing the needles, the thread everything but I still get skipped stitches.

So, I try using my Serger and Coverstitch machine for sewing with rayon knits but what if you need to use the sewing machine?

I discovered this late one night while finishing up my rayon knit top.

The reason we get skipped stitches I think is because the fabric is very thin and is yet very tightly knit. So stabilizing the fabric might work. A tear away stabilizer will work but what's even easier is using Solvy!

It's water soluble so all you have to do is throw the top in wash after you're done and voila!

I tried it and what do you know. It DID WORK! Now I never want to be without Solvy. The only painful part is to cut it into strips. I wonder if they sell water soluble tape. That would be perfect for this.

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Sandra Mil said... (12/26/11 11:14 PM) Reply
Sometimes I use adding machine paper.
Sandra Mil said... (12/26/11 11:14 PM) Reply
Sometimes I use adding machine paper.
Deepika said... (9/30/11 1:44 PM) Reply
Jeannemarie, I see no reason why it shouldnt work. Try it on a scrap first.
jeannemarie1 said... (9/30/11 0:22 AM) Reply
does this work with sheers also? i plan to sew a dress with sheer fabric
PinzAndNeedles said... (3/17/11 11:06 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for this information. I have been struggling for a couple of days with skipped stitches on a small rayon jersey knit item, and this solved my problem. Fantastic.
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evieandolivia said... (1/19/10 0:15 AM) Reply
great tip!
Passion4Sewing said... (12/29/09 8:49 AM) Reply
I like to use strips to stabilize when making a serged rolled hem on thin fabric. Maybe someone should market stabilizer rolls as "Stabil-Thin".
Peg#1 said... (12/20/09 2:05 PM) Reply
with your need for strips of solvy all you have to do is roll the solvy in a tube and flatten the tube, then cut the tube the width you want. you get a lot of strips from one sheet of solvy :)
marycds said... (12/11/09 11:40 PM) Reply
Solvy strips on a roll would be a great idea. I use strips sometimes when I'm serging a rolled hem on certain fabrics. Maybe we could suggest this to Joyce Drexler and the Sulky people.
ryansmumAria said... (12/9/09 9:09 PM) Reply
nancymm - what a great idea!!!!!! I am going to give that a try for sure.hahahha
ryansmumAria said... (12/9/09 9:08 PM) Reply
What a good use for solvy. I use strips of tissue paper that I have cut with a rotary cutter. I stack a few sheets and then cut it a little bigger than my seam allowance ( I use either 1/4 or 1/2 seams as I worked in the garment industry where this is the standard.), I make the strip about 1/4 wider and then line it up with the fabric's edge. The paper is is very easy to remove. Solvy is nice because you don't have to remove it.
nancymm said... (12/3/09 10:53 AM) Reply
The easiest way to cut Solvy strips is to roll up a usable length of the sheet , say 20 inches, and simply cut the widths you want all at once, with either scissors or a rotary cutter, like cutting a carrot into rounds. Do the whole width of your cut, and take all the strips and store in a zip-lock. Easy.
Lucy in Virginia said... (12/2/09 1:47 PM) Reply
I have also used this occasionally for sewing buttonholes on fine blousen fabric and when starting a straight stitch where the needle wants to push the fabric down into the throat-plate. Some solvy is so thin, you can just tear it away rather than wash (I'm somewhat lazy here).
what is not taken said... (12/2/09 10:32 AM) Reply
Great tips. Thank you.
vasallese said... (12/2/09 9:03 AM) Reply
busy bee said... (12/2/09 9:02 AM) Reply
Another tip I found that helps is to dip the needle in Thread Heaven to reduce static electricity. You can easily find it at JoAnn's. It's a one-inch cube of gel-like substance in a blue plastic container.
QuiltersFan said... (12/2/09 8:40 AM) Reply
I cut Solvy with a rotary cutter - it works well and you can cut many strips at once - pop them into a zip bag and have them ready to go.
susiestitcher said... (12/2/09 8:26 AM) Reply
This is a great idea. I have used Solvy when stitching organza and organdy, but I never thought of it for knits. It is helpful to understand that each skipped stitch represents an episode when the needle goes down into the fabric and, as it rises up, the loop of thread that should form from it and which should then be caught by the bobbin shuttle hook, does not form correctly - so the bobbin shuttle hook has no loop to catch (or too small a loop, etc.) Sometimes, especially in knits, the fabric is actually rising up the shaft of the needle a bit as the needle rises back up and thus the loop doesn't form. It isn't supposed to do that in a perfect world. By stabilizing the knit fabric, you are helping the fabric stay put long enough for the needle loop to form. Other reasons for the loop not forming correctly can be the size and type of needle and the quality, content of the thread, or stretchiness/tension recovery of the thread. Sometimes, adjusting thread tension can also help. Having said all that, I still have issues with skipped stitches all the time, so just knowing the reasons sure doesn't make it any easier.
WhyNotSewIt said... (12/2/09 7:00 AM) Reply
Great solution - Thank you!
snapdragonfly said... (12/2/09 6:14 AM) Reply
thanks for this tip.
deesews said... (12/2/09 0:48 AM) Reply
JoAnn Fabrics sells a 1/4" wide double stick dissolving item in 10 yard rolls on their notions wall. I think it is about $5. Would this work, or is it too narrow? (This is NOT the adhesive craft tape. The craft tape is not soluble.)
mhk3boys said... (12/1/09 3:47 PM) Reply
Ooops! I just looked at your pic! I will try this out! :)
mhk3boys said... (12/1/09 3:46 PM) Reply
Do you put the Solvy on the top or bottom of the fabric when sewing?
petro said... (12/1/09 1:41 PM) Reply
Good tip, must try that next time, thanks.
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