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Serging Bamboo knit
shiny after pressing and puckered seams. Oh my.
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Date: 11/14/12 8:04 PM

I'm working on a very basic cowl neck t-shirt and I'm using a bamboo knit that probably has lycra in it. I don't think I have any issue with the pattern but I'm finding this fabric hard to deal with.

Every single seam I serged has had puckers in it. I've ripped them all out and re-done them until they're borderline acceptable, but I just did the longest one at the hem (the hem is a band, not a turned-up hem) and could have cried when I saw puckers in it. I haven't had the heart to rip it out yet.

I don't even feel like I'm learning anything from this (other than to not use this fabric again). Could anyone give me some advice on how to deal with this stuff?

Its very heavy, so I stacked books, etc to make a makeshift extension table to minimize the fabric pulling. I also turned up the pressure foot a lot when the fabric kept trying to go sideways under the foot (especially when starting or going over a seam).

Oh, and when I tried to press out a wavy seam at the shoulder it totally made the fabric go shiny, even though I pressed from the wrong side over my ham and had the iron on the lowest setting.

Kids home, gotta go, thanks for reading!!

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Date: 11/14/12 11:22 PM

I have used a bamboo knit from EOS but did not have the issues you are having. I'm sorry it's not behaving for you.
Do you have a walking foot? You might need to just sew it on your sewing machine instead of serging.
Maybe try lightening up the presser foot and see if that helps.
Silk organza makes the best press cloth and may help eliminate shine. I use one for 99% of my ironing.
Hopefully someone else will come along with some other ideas.
-- Edited on 11/14/12 11:25 PM --

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Date: 11/15/12 7:21 PM

Bamboo knit can be a real PITA to serge. If your serger has diffeential feed, now's the time to use it.

Try a 3-thread and go down a notch on the differential feed.

It also helps to hand-baste seams first, that will take care of most the problem.

When pressing bamboo knit, keep to a silk temperature, and use a press cloth over the knit to prevent the shine.

When hemming, definitely hand baste and press first; I hand baste the hem using 1/2" running stitches -don't pull tight, just pull the thread so thatnit's laying flat on the fabric- basting 5-6 inches, then press, then baste another 5-6" then press etc. You're as close to guaranteed a beautiful hem as it gets with this method. Even closer if you then coverstitch. HTH!

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