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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Double needdle on slinky fabric ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 10/6/04 6:10 PM

I have recently gotton into sewing with knits and I like it si far because it is quick, no tailoring required, etc. But also, I have very littele experience and cannot seem to be able to do some basic stuff. For example, I cannot make a good looking double needle hem on slinky fabric. No matter what i do it "tucks", if you know what i mean, as if I was doing pintucks. Have tried different sizes of needles, tension adjustment, pretty much everything but with no success. Then i tried sewing by putting newspaper under the hem and the result is better but removing the newspaper is a journey! Besides, that technigue is fairly uncomfortable to perform on a curves hem/seam. To make the long story short, does any one have any "how to" ideas about this? BTW, my machine does a very good double needle seam on wovens or on other knits, so it is not the machine  :confused:

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Date: 10/6/04 6:45 PM

Hand wind wooly nylon on the bobbin and use steam-a-seam at the hems. Loosen the tension on the bobbin (I keep a seperately marked bobbin specificly to dicker with) and the top and use the ease-plus method of sewing (thats when you place a finger to sorta block the fabric as it feeds thru the foot. Once a bunch of fabric builds up and begins to interfere with the feed dogs, let the fabric out behind the foot and sew again. It scoots the fabric a bit to build in slightly more elasticity it seems)
I found that it does tunnel a bit still on slinkys but I've also found that in RTW.

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Date: 10/6/04 7:31 PM

interface the hem with a narrow strip of interfacing.  You can use Iron on if you want.  This won't show but will give a little body to the hem so that you won't get tunnels.

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Date: 10/7/04 2:37 AM

Nancy, I have one of those drop-in bobbins. Do I have to unscrew the plate to get the bobbin out and loosen the tension? This question probably sounds silly but I have never done it before....

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Date: 10/7/04 6:16 AM

I'm anxious to try Nancy's tips on some yummy slinky I got from Gigi.  I almost always use steam a seam lite on knit hems, which, with Nancy's other tips should do the trick, I'm hoping.  

If not, maybe some wash away stabilizer would help, while sewing?????  Eli, in situations where it seems that newspaper might work, wash away stabilizer would probably be better.  Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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Date: 10/7/04 7:41 AM

I also have a drop-in bobbin.   Just pull the wooly nylon through the hole with the upper thread  WITHOUT hooking it into the tensioner catch (slit, groove, don't know what to call it).     Be sure to wind the wooly nylon very loosely.   Hope this helps! ;)

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Date: 10/7/04 7:08 PM

Eli,
CindyK's suggestion is correct...I don't have a drop in bobbin so I would be very AFRAID to mess with a built in bobbin holder that a drop in bobbin has. :0   Thats why I purchased a second bobbin case to mess around with. :p
Penelope,
Ooo..hadn't thought of the washaway stabilizer! Thats a great idea!

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Date: 10/8/04 12:27 PM

A walking foot is also sometimes helpful when hemming Slinky - in addition to all of the other tips mentioned.  I too keep a separate bobbin case adjusted for Woolly Nylon, it's such a timesaver.  

Often (out of laziness I guess) I will use a zigzag to hem Slinky knits.

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Date: 10/8/04 12:40 PM

So, you don't use your coverstitch machine on slinky, Gigi?

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Date: 10/8/04 1:16 PM

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Just pull the wooly nylon through the hole with the upper thread  WITHOUT hooking it into the tensioner catch

Cindy, thanks for this tip! I always use wooly nylon, hand wound on the bobbin, but I had never thought of leaving it out of the little tension slit. I can't wait to try it this way.

Also, I find that if I serge the edge first, (even though knits don't ravel) and make sure the top line (inside line) of my double stitching catches the entire serging, (not just the edge) I have a flatter hem with less of the "tunneling".

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