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Date: 4/14/13 10:55 AM

My knit fabric keeps getting stuck in the thread plate of my sewing machine. Do you have some suggestions to prevent this?

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Date: 4/14/13 11:01 AM

Are you using a new needle? I've found that helps.

But my favorite tip is to slip tissue paper (the gift wrapping kind, not the nose blowing kind) beneath your fabric when you're starting your seam. I've found I don't usually need to do it the whole length, just an inch or two.

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Date: 4/14/13 12:27 PM

I always keep a square of fabric by my machine and start my seams on it, transitioning to the "real" fabric without cutting the thread. It not only helps to start fabric that might otherwise get sucked down the needle plate, but it also ensures that if I forget to lengthen or shorten a stitch, or change a stitch type, I have the chance to notice before getting to the main fabric.

I found this much better explanation...

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"Thread bunnies" - this will help with all of your chain sewing. A "thread bunny" is a small scrap of fabric that you put under your presser foot to begin and end chain sewing. By sewing the thread bunny before you feeding the first patches in, you are more assured of having a smooth starting edge on your patches. (Translation - your machine is less likely to "eat" the first patch, since it has already had a shot at the thread bunny!) In addition, the thread bunny holds the thread tails. That means that you only cut the threads between the patches, and don't have a bunch of loose threads cluttering up your sewing area.

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Date: 4/14/13 1:48 PM

Do you have a straight stitch plate (it has just one tiny hole, not a slot, for the needle)? That can help, since there's no room for the fabric to get yanked down. If not--or if you need to use a zig-zag, I know the PR gurus recommend putting a piece of tape (maybe painter's?) over the thread plate, and letting the needle puncture just the size hole it needs.

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Date: 4/14/13 2:18 PM

I've had that happen when the machine needle is wrong for the fabric. What type of knit and needle are you using?

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Date: 4/14/13 7:04 PM

I hate when that happens! I either butt up a square of fabric, like suggested or I leave a long tail of bobbin and spool thread and hold it, put the needle done in the fabric and then pull thread as I step on the gas.

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Date: 4/15/13 7:25 AM

To prevent this while sewing you need to help your fabric along--keep it moving. Put one hand behind your presser foot and gently pull the fabric as you sew. And for me, the best presser foot to use for knits is the non-stick foot Everything just glides along under it.

I've boughten many of the Distinctive Presser Feet. Prices are much less than name brand and they work fine.

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Date: 4/15/13 7:35 AM

Loosen your presser foot pressure so that it does not hold onto the fabric so hard and stretch it out.

Use a ball point or stretch needle.

Use the aforementioned tips because they are all good! Also, if you hear it bogging down stop immediately, it will only get worse..but then you already know that...

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Date: 4/15/13 7:40 AM

If you have a Janome sewing machine with a foot that has a little black button at the back, push that in before you start. Another trick is to hold the threads to the back of the machine while you are starting off. I can 't get in the habit of thread bunnies, because I didn't learn that way.

I'm an old timer when it comes to sewing machines and my vintage machines don't give me this problem; it's the newer ones that do, because of the "latest" design of the feed dogs, which is supposed to be more efficient. But how efficient is it if your machine is eating your fabric?

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Date: 4/15/13 8:31 AM

I hade that happen to me this week, and it sucked a whole bunch of 1/4" elastic into the workings....I had to take the whole throat plate etc apart, to retrieve what was left of the elastic and found soooooooo much dirt and fluff, I do not know how the machine was working at all.

I have been sewing 100%cotton canvas and it gets very dusty, but I forgot!!!! to check!.
Everything is good now.
-- Edited on 4/15/13 8:33 AM --

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