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« on: January 04, 2008 01:15:55 PM »

How do you sew knit jersey fabric so that it wont get that lettuce edge?!! I've tried and tried, even changed my sewing needles to ballpoint sewing needle and still the same problem. Any tips? Thanks! Much appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2008 07:02:01 PM »

Make sure that you are using a zigzag stitch when sewing seams.  When sewing hems, use a double needle or the zigzag stitch.  Don't pull or stretch your fabric as it sews, that will make the lettuce edge.  If you find that your fabric is still feeding unevenly through the machine, then use a walking foot.  If your material is particularly thin or has poor stretch and recovery you may have to take an extra step of adding a small strip of knit interfacing to your seams and hems.  This will help stabilize your material but still make it soft and flexible.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2008 10:48:52 PM »

Thank you so much! I've heard of the twin needle and its miracles...so I guess I'll be inventing in one soon. I'll also try the walking foot and interfacing! Thanks! =]
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2008 05:56:50 AM »

Hey!  I've got some projects I've been thinking of doing in knit jersey -- what is this magical double needle you all are talking about?  How does it help to keep the hems even?

Thank you!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2008 07:58:38 AM »

Hey!  I've got some projects I've been thinking of doing in knit jersey -- what is this magical double needle you all are talking about?  How does it help to keep the hems even?

Thank you!!

A double needle, aka a twin needle is basically two parallel needles that share the "stem" that you attach it to the sewing machine with. The reason it's good to use on stretch fabrics is that with two separate threads on top but only one bobbin, the bobbin thread will automatically be zig zagged as it runs between the two rows of stitches, making the seam stretchy even when you're using a regular straight stitch.

It doesn't really help make the hems even but it makes the visible seams straight when you normally would have to use a zigzag or stretch stitch to maintain the stretch in the fabric. On whatthecraft you see an example on how the twin needle can be used to "fake" the seams that you usually find on tees.
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