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Date: 1/28/13 10:39 AM

So this is my first time using Kona cotton. I had some black which matches the black in the rest of the quilt, so I cut my borders from it.
I'm noticing that even with a brand new Microtex sharp 12 needle, this stuff is hard to sew through!
It makes a sound when the needle punches the fabric, like it doesn't want to play. Should I be using a smaller or larger needle?
I've changed out needles twice, and so I'm assuming it's something about this fabric......
I also noticed that when I ripped a seam, it didn't want to steam nicely. The holes are huge, and appear punched out on one side! Yuck!
Someone in my ASG raves about this fabric. I think I'm going to stay away!

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Date: 1/28/13 10:47 AM

I used Kona black a lot, I have not noticed any unusual behavior from it while sewing, but I DID notice that 'noise' when it was being embroidered!

Hmmmm......I just thought it was something I did, like wrong needle or not-so-perfect hooping. I never thought it could be the fabric itself!

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Date: 1/28/13 11:16 AM

I also noticed iron shine after pressing the borders. Really weird, as I thought only polyester fabrics did that!

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Date: 1/28/13 11:21 AM

Must be something to do with the way it was processed and the chemicals on the fabric. I do not think you washed the fabric yet, did you?

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Date: 1/28/13 11:26 AM

Really weird! I haven't noticed any of these things, but am still using up Kona black from my stash that's probably at least five years old.

Did you get it from a reputable shop? Is it Kaufmann Kona or some Kona-ish knockoff? If you think it may have poly in it a quick burn test will tell you.

Another thing to check - do you have same size needles from a different pack? I once got a pack of Schmetz that I swear every needle in the pack was dull. Or try that needle in something else to see if it acts dull.

If your thread isn't too thick you might try a smaller needle.

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Date: 1/28/13 2:18 PM

I got it from a reputable quilt shop, yes. I remember it came on a huge roll. I'm suspecting poly, yes. I did wash it, but didn't do a burn test.

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Date: 1/28/13 2:40 PM

I've used it and loved it..now the Bella broadcloth is another story!
I'd check your needle..I used a regular 80/12 Schmetz for piecing and had no noise. It seems that whenever I get needle noise with any fabric, changing my needle helps. The other thing I've noticed is that black fabrics of any brand seem to feel different. If you are a "fabric patter" try it the next time you are in a fabric store..the blacks seem to feel rougher..I believe that's to do with the dyes.

I just noticed that you are using a microtex needle...I generally use a universal..you might try a quilting or regular sharp.
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Date: 1/28/13 3:39 PM

I made an Amish style quilt from nothing but Kona... no issues that I can recall... I think I have even used it on my Dear Jane quilt without problems... Did you buy it online or from a LQS?

You can do a burn test to see if it has poly in it... then you know it's not Kona.
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Date: 1/28/13 3:40 PM

I've noticed that "popping" sound when sewing on some cotton batiks, fabrics that are very saturated with dye.

I'm going to guess that in order to get a deep black fabric, the fibers are over saturated with dye (as compared to a pastel fabric, for example).

In some video documentary about quilting that I watched, there was a scene where a master quilter was teaching students and she was explaining this phenomena to her student, that fabrics that are very saturated with dye are somewhat stiffer, and will make that popping sound as the needle penetrates the fabric.

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Date: 1/28/13 3:44 PM

I always thought that Batik fabric popped when sewn because the weave is tighter than standard cotton.
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