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« on: August 09, 2007 11:28:28 AM »

Before I begin, please excuse me if I sound like a total newb. I'm making a dress and the top part is t-shirt fabric and the skirt part is this silky, shiny, slinky, satiny-looking fabric.. I have no idea of what it's actually called but it's very thin. now, the top of the dress is done, the skirt is basted on (to keep the gathers from moving around) and I just need to sew it now. the problem is, my sewing machine refuses to cooperate with me and just wants to eat the fabric. I bought size 9 ballpoint needles so that I don't destroy the fabric but it refuses to make any stitches. when I tried using a bigger needle on a scrap piece of the fabric, it would sew it all wonky, like it would stop and get stuck and skip a lot of stitches, not to mention the holes. with the small needle, it doesn't make any stitches at all! the needle will go into the fabric, and when it comes up, it pulls the thread right back out. now, I checked, and the needle is in properly, threaded properly and the bobbin is fine too. I tried sewing a normal fabric and it works fine, and it hasn't given me problems like this before. my sewing machine is a Morgan's R-1000. and yes, it's very, very old and cranky. I am so frustrated... can anyone please help me?
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2007 11:53:49 AM »

The skirt is probably polyester silky, which is not so fun to sew with.

1. Try a microtex sharp needle rather than a ballpoint - the ballpoint may be causing your problems with the silky.

2. Unthread and rethread everything again.

3. Be sure you are using "taut sewing" by pulling gently on both sides of the fabric as you sew, but let the feed dogs do their work at advancing the fabric.

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2007 01:52:34 PM »

You could even try using a stretch needle. They work beautifully on lyra like fabrics and on some slinky fabrics aswell. Also, try sewing with the knit up (the slinky stuff on the bottom) and if you were already doing that, try the other way.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2007 03:53:02 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions guys. This weekend, I used this problem as the final justification I needed to go and buy a new sewing machine, and it didn't give me any problems whatsoever... it's quickly becoming my new best friend.. seriously, all I do is sew, work and read lately.. lol. the dress is done, as well as a bunch of other stuff and I'll post pics when I feel less lazy and up to a photoshoot.
again, thank you for taking the time to offer your help =]
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