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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Stitching is puckering on lightweight fabric on: November 12, 2008 01:48:03 PM
I'm trying to make what should be an easy skirt -- an a-line mid-calf skirt with an elastic waist, back darts (trust me, I need them) and an underskirt.  But I can't get my stitching smooth.

The fabric I'm using is a sheer, lightweight, flowy 100% polyester.  Because it's sheer, I'm planning a solid underskirt in a similar fabric that's a bit heavier and not sheer.

I tested my thread (dual duty) and tension on some scraps of each fabric, and the puckering on both was terrible.  I've dialed my tension down to almost zero, and the puckering is still terrible.  It's definitely puckering on the top. 

What should I do?  Could changing my stitch length help?  I am using a brand new needle.

I almost feel like I need a walking foot (which I do not have), but it doesn't seem like the two layers of fabric are slipping. 
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rollerderby Awards on: November 06, 2008 05:19:21 PM
Really cool!  I love how sparkly they are.  I bet they will be treasured.
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Post. Christmas Cards, not long to go..... on: November 06, 2008 05:17:00 PM
These are really lovely.
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Zodiac, lolita fashion and Greek mythology ATCs on: November 06, 2008 05:09:06 PM
Your cards are amazing.  I love your interpretation of all these characters!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: New to embroidery...animated dishware on: November 06, 2008 06:52:01 AM
They look really great.  I particularly love their facial expressions.  I think you did a great job -- how will you finish the dish towels?
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Ancestors Gallery! on: November 05, 2008 02:19:06 PM
Thanks AR.  I totally stole the bookcover idea from Phizzy, so we can rip her off together.  Wink
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Needles... blunt ? on: November 05, 2008 12:54:07 PM
Wow.  I've had the same needles for a million-billion years.   It never occurred to me that they might get blunt.  I'll replace mine and see what happens.  Thanks for the idea.
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Ancestors Gallery! on: November 05, 2008 11:38:56 AM
It really is.  I'm sorry for holding it up so long.  I'm glad your piece arrived Racky!
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A Suitable Gift for my Lovely Doctor. (Anatomy of the Ear) on: November 04, 2008 10:55:34 AM
You won't believe this, but I have an ear anatomy picture on my computer waiting to be stitched!  I'm too afraid to try and trace it onto fabric though, so I never started it.  Your stitching is so gorgeous, it's much nicer than my ear would have been.  Smiley
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Poms for Obama" embroidered political doggy shirt! *pic heavy* on: November 04, 2008 10:53:36 AM
Great job.  I love it -- you were so creative with that logo.
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