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Top stitching is jamming my machine
Problem top stitching through stretch corduroy
rachella
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Date: 9/8/11 12:39 PM

Hi, I'm really not a newbie but this feels like such a newbie question. I have a Kenmore (Janome built) machine that should be able to handle this. I'm trying to topstitch a skirt seam through stretch corduroy, and I've used a denim needle, a universal, and now a heavy ball point needle. I can't sew more than 2 or 3 stitches before the machine jams and I have to cut the bobbin thread to get the fabric out.

Any ideas? TIA!
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Date: 9/10/11 0:21 AM

I had trouble when I first started top stitching. I had put the top stitching thread in the bobbin because I didn't know any better. Once I switched it out to regular thread, things were fine.

Other than that, maybe it's a tension problem? You could mess with it and see what happens.

One other thought...It might be useful to try a leather needle. That seems like overkill, but maybe it'd work.
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Date: 9/10/11 0:29 AM

I second Immelu - try regular thread in the bobbin, with the topstitch thread on top only.

I would try a (new) larger denim needle if you still have trouble, and sometimes a little silicon lubricant on the needle and the topstitch thread helps, too.
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Date: 9/10/11 6:26 AM

A topstitch needle helps too, the longer eye keeps the soft thread from shredding.

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Date: 9/10/11 2:33 PM

Rachella, if you aren't already doing this, hold the thread tails when you start stitching. I found that unless I do this when I am sewing stretchy-type fabrics they get pulled into the stitching plate and cause a jam.

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Date: 9/10/11 2:33 PM

Rachella, if you aren't already doing this, hold the thread tails when you start stitching. I found that unless I do this when I am sewing stretchy-type fabrics they get pulled into the stitching plate and cause a jam.
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In reply to quathy

Date: 9/10/11 3:01 PM

I keep meaning to ask this question when I see this topic discussed. Over time, does the lighter thread break when it's used with the heavier top stitch thread?
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