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Topic: Sewing 2 way stretch fabric with serger - help! it's all going wrong!  (Read 1537 times)
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« on: July 18, 2006 09:58:30 AM »

I have done a search on my question, but I can't find the answer that I need.

I have a serger (but I'm very new to it) and I want to sew some 2 way stretch fabric, to make an infinity dress.  I thought this was supposed to be easy with a serger, but whatever I do to my stitch length and diff feed, whenever I sew (scrap bits - I haven't screwed with th actual dress pieces yet!) - the fabric sort of moves away from the needles and so I end up with a horrible wavy edge, mostly with the 2 fabric edges not even sewn together!  What am I doing wrong?!!!

I'd so love to have any help you can give me - Thank you so much in advance!

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2006 10:11:07 AM »

Are you giving yourself enough material for the knives to trim off?  I find that if I am serging too close to the edge of the fabric, it will go all wonky.

Also, you have to be careful if you pin your fabric together with serger (no sewing over pins with these machines!) so I will run a quick basting stitch if I am working with slippery material. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2006 10:29:59 AM »

Thank you for the tips - I've tried both sewing along the edge, and leaving various sizes of hem to be chopped.  The thing is, as soon as I press the foot pedal, the fabric (esp top layer) moves away from the knife and needle - as if the knife is pushing it away. (to the left). I'm mystified.
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2006 07:13:10 PM »

when was the last time you cleaned your knives?  when was the last time you changed them?

if the knives are pushing the fabric away, then they aren't sharp enough to cut.

also--what is your presser foot setting?  it might be too high.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2006 08:13:32 PM »

you may have a burr at the top edge of your upper knife. Try getting them sharpened.
An idea I was told about this BUT I have not tried yet was to use the spray on glue stuff very lightly then put through the serger or machine. Apparently it holds the fabric together enough but will dissolve after time.
But I have never tried it. I just never sewed enough of this type of thing to make it worth buying the aerosol spray
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2006 02:42:27 AM »

ooh, I've never heard of spray on glue! 

I only just bought the damn thing, I hope the knife isn't buggered already - I've only made 2 serger covers with it  Angry

I will check to see it's not got furr on it though.
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2006 08:48:30 AM »

spray glue is for basting large sheets of fabric, not for seam allowances.  for s.a., use glue stick.

however, if you just bought this machine, then you should take it back to your dealer and have them check it. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2006 09:21:35 AM »

Right, I left the project for 24 hours thinking I'd come back to it fresh - just tried and again and grrr...still no joy  Angry

I thought I'd take some pictures so I can explain better, and it might be obvious to the more experienced, just what I'm doing wrong. (please note that in between stopping to take the photos, I was trying to feed the fabric through with my hands)

OK, so I start with 2 scrap bits lined up in my machine:

Start sewing and it starts to veer off a bit straight away:

Just a few stitches, and it's completely gone off to the side:


OK, so I also tried with a line of machine basting:
Here we are, ready:

Started: (bearing in mind I am trying to feed with my hands)

Few stitches in and it's completely f***ing up:


I think I've found my own personal hell.  All I want to do is serge a straight line.  It's making me want to throw myself out of the window Sad

Is there something I'm doing wildly wrong in these pics? Please help!
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2006 09:49:16 AM »

did you check your presser foot pressure?  your differential feed?

looks to me as if either the pressure is too high, or your feed is too high.
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2006 10:10:17 AM »

If your pressure is ok, you might need some stabilizer.
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