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Date: 10/30/13 12:19 PM

Hi, im a bit discouraged, hopefully someone can help me. Im trying to make my baby leggings. They turned out great, and then after him wearing them for 10 minutes, there are holes/tears in fabric. It also looks as the needles make huge holes. I bought new needles yesterday, ballpoint. I have a Singer Serger 4 thread overlock 14CG754. Thanks for any help! I tried attaching pictures, but it wont allow me, im new to this

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Date: 10/30/13 1:00 PM

Are the holes/tears at the seams, or in the body of the garment?

What type needle did you use on those garments?

and what size were they?

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Date: 10/30/13 1:10 PM

I quit using BP needles and switched to the Stretch needles. The BP needles should not have punched holes in the knit, but it seems as though that is what happened, or the stitching was too tight and when putting them on the thread pulled at the needle penetrations.

I would try again with maybe a bit less seam allowance (if the original was 5/8, don't trim) and the Stretch needles.

Good luck and best wishes for many successful projects.......before long it will be prom wear! (Vests, bow ties, cummerbunds)


ETA: It could also be the fabric - do a test before sewing any new project so you can make changes as necessary: needle, thread, stitch type/lenght/tension, foot pressure. And sometimes, it is just lousy fabric.



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Date: 10/30/13 4:12 PM

Where did you get the fabric from? it might be rotten--try taking a piece of scrap and pull on it. You should not be able to tear it.
I've gotten rotten fabric from Hancock--corduroy that seemed fine after the prewash and while I was working with it, but completely shredded the first time I washed the finished pants. It had an off smell but otherwise seemed okay.

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Date: 10/30/13 4:13 PM

What size needles did you use? Anything more than a 10 or 11 (depending on the weight of the fabric) would make big holes.

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Date: 10/30/13 4:33 PM

Some fabric is just more prone to that than others. Also some fabric if it has some clear Lycra going through it, it might be old and more likely to break there.

They want you to use a Singer 2022 needle with that machine. That is just a normal elna style EL X 705 needle for overlockers. They even do tell you can use a Singer 2020 needle there too, if you want or if you really have to, which is not even any kind of special shaped overlocker needle either, just a regular old flat backed 15 X 1 kind of sewing machine needle.

If you use a regular flat backed sharp sewing machine needle, it might be more prone to slice up your knit fabric as the needle goes though it, on some knit fabrics.

But at the same time, if you got a bad needle, and it's rough, no matter if brand new, or been used for a while, or what kind of point it has on it, it still can chew fabric up sometimes. And bad needles are in needle packages of brand new needles too sometimes.

If it were me, I would throw away the new needles in the machine now. And put some more in, even from the same new package you got. And then sew on a scrap, and then pull and tug on it, and see what happens. If the fabric still does that, then I would throw away those needles too, and go to the store and buy a new package of Schmetz Brand Overlocker EL X 705 overlocker needles, in size 12 instead, and try those in there on that same fabric. Just because then not only do you have a whole new, different package of needles, (and still the right and best kind for knits) it's even a different brand, in case you got some bad lot thing going on at all, with the last ones you used.

But, if you even put the same fabric in just your sewing machine instead, and try all kinds of needles on it, and it still does the same thing there too, then it's more just your fabric, and I don't think sewing on it, on the overlocker instead is going to make much difference at all. Just since even less stitches in it when overlocking, most times.

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Date: 10/30/13 6:46 PM

It's not just you. I sewed some panties the other day with a bamboo knit in the crotch, and I got holes where the needles went through. The tricot fabric was fine though.

I guess we're just going to have to test before sewing something, and figure out the best needles to use in the serger before doing a project.

I have had it happen before too. It's very frustrating. Off the top of my head I do not know what needles are in my serger though, so I'm no help there.

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Date: 11/6/13 4:46 PM

You should only be using Singer 2022 serger needles in your serger.

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