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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > What is the best type of needle to use for sewing nylon tricot? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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What is the best type of needle to use for sewing nylon tricot?
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Date: 4/10/13 10:17 PM

I want to make slips to wear under some skirts but I've had a lot of trouble in the past with sewing this type of fabric (nylon tricot) because it would always get snagged in the feed dog while I was sewing after the needle would get stuck and start sewing a wad of thread in one spot. I'm wondering if using a different needle would make a difference because my machine does not have the ability to adjust the presser foot. Thanks :)
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Date: 4/11/13 0:33 AM

I'm no expert but I would use a ballpoint needle for this, it is supposed to slide between the fibres rather than cutting them (which will make the fabric run).

If you are not zigzagging and have a straight stitch throat plate, one with a small hole, you might also like to try that. If not, try putting some masking tape over the hole, then stitching through it a couple of times with an old needle (so you don't get sticky stuff in your new one).

If the tangles are happening at the beginning of seams, try some paper under your nylon so that you start on the paper then keep sewing onto the paper + nylon.
Have a search in the tips section here too. I'm sure there are some good ones for this!

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Date: 4/11/13 0:48 AM

Here is a reference which might help: needle guide

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Date: 4/11/13 1:05 AM

Presser foot pressure adjustment can be key when working with knits. My machine is normally set at #6 (on a range of 1 - 6) when I'm working with cotton fabric or other wovens. I use #4 when working with tricot. I've found a stretch needle, size 75/11, works best. Another useful tool is tissue paper at the beginning and end of seam allowances. This provides the extra stability needed when sewing on thin fabrics such as tricot.

Just as an aside, be sure to hold both threads behind the presser foot when you start stitching to help prevent bird nesting.

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Date: 4/11/13 9:30 AM

I agree with the above posters.

Do you have a walking foot? If you find that you have troubles with the way it is feeding, try a walking foot.
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Date: 4/11/13 9:47 AM

Before starting a new project, test the needle, thread and stitch length and type on scraps of the intended fabric.

Use two layers as you would be working with when doing the actual construction.

Sometimes a ballpoint needle will skip, so try the microtex as well.

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Date: 4/11/13 9:57 AM

There was a sew along/class a couple of years ago with info that was quite helpful. The needle info is on page 2, but 10/70 11/75 ball point needle was recommended.....

The "class" included a no pattern slip, how to attach lace, and how to make your own panties...quite fun and full of tricot info....

here's the link if you need to review tecniques or ise this half slip...

Sew-Along Lingerie Class


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Date: 4/11/13 1:51 PM

Thanks for all the great tips! Yes my machine did come with a walking foot but I have no idea how to use it and never have. My sewing machine was my first sewing machine (and only) that I ever had and I pretty much learned to sew on my own. I've never taken any classes beyond a semester of home ec in high school and they only did sewing for a month or so and cooking the rest of the time so I didn't get much sewing training. I just learned by trial and error on my own and usually just make simple stuff.

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Date: 4/11/13 4:01 PM

I would use some tissue paper as a stabilizer under the seams.

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Date: 4/15/13 3:31 PM

If you have one, try a staight stitch foot and plate. That keeps the fabric from sucking into the feed dogs. Of course, remember not to zig zag.

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