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« on: November 27, 2007 06:22:37 AM »

Apologies if this topic has been covered already.

I'm making a dress out of some very old vintage sheets.  My problem lies in the fact that these sheets have gotten quite thin with use.  I can't seem to get the tension quite right.  I'm using just a regular sewing machine, not a serger or anything.  It just keeps on gobbling up the fabric and munching on it... does anyone have any clue how I should set the tension for this certain issue?
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2007 05:11:44 PM »

The thinner the fabric the lower the tension setting should be.

Also thinner fabrics tend to pucker easily so you need to hold them taut whilst sewing.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2007 05:52:14 AM »

You know, I bet that's part of the problem, I wasn't holding it taut.

I also suspect I need to be using a smaller needle...
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2007 09:16:25 AM »

Smaller, and make sure it's sharp and new - a blunt or hooked point can cause puckers like that, and is much worse on a tightly-woven cloth like fine sheeting.  Depending on just how sheer the cloth is, you may need to loosen the bobbin tension too, but try the top-tension and a different needle first.

To be honest, you shouldn't be having to tug on the fabric ever: just guiding it gently, and certainly not pulling it through the machine from behind - you *can* do that up to a point, but it's not good for the machine, terribly tiring for you, and more likely to go wrong than learning how to adjust the machine properly.

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007 06:26:35 AM »

Thank you so much!  I'll give it a shot this afternoon, I'm pretty sure we've got a sharp, new little needle somewhere or another.  Cheesy
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