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« on: February 24, 2008 05:35:03 PM »

Alright all you ladies (and gentlemen, I'm not sexist):

How do I sew itty-bitty dolls clothes without having my machine suck the cloth down my throat plate?  All my doll patterns have a 1/4" seam, and I always seem to get my clothes stuck in the machine.  Any help would be appreciated, as this is very frustrating.

It usually happens with knits.

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008 08:18:14 PM »

On some machines there is a throat plate made just for straight stitching.  The hole is small, and you cannot zigzag.  But it reduces the sucking the fabric into the hole.  Also, when sewing knits you should use a ball point needle.  Hard to find, but well worth it instead of the "universal needle."
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2008 10:54:16 AM »

I use ball-point needles on my knits, but thanks for the reminder.  So I guess I need to go find a straight stitch throat plate.

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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2008 02:51:42 PM »

Do you have a quarter inch foot?  They are very helpful!
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2008 04:48:58 PM »

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that.  I loved my quarter inch foot.  (don't got one with the new machine.  boo.)
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2008 02:08:24 AM »

another option is to have a piece of paper underneath what you are sewing. just notepaper will do it. It's not unlike sewing fine fabrics or nets, and stops your machine eating your fabric. You can just carefully rip the paper off afterwards and your seam will be just as strong.
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2008 04:17:32 AM »

another option is to have a piece of paper underneath what you are sewing. just notepaper will do it. It's not unlike sewing fine fabrics or nets, and stops your machine eating your fabric. You can just carefully rip the paper off afterwards and your seam will be just as strong.

If you do this, change your needle often.  Paper will dull your needle.
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2008 12:40:16 PM »

Wow, everyone, thank you.

Never heard of a quarter inch foot, I'll look into that (my birthday is coming up!)

I tried paper once when I was satin stitching a wool cover, and I didn't like the outcome (the paper was caught under the thread) but I'll try it because I won't be satin stitching.  However, I don't like the idea of dull needles, can I use tear-away stabilizer?  I heard used dryer sheets could be used as tear-away as well.  Sorry, I'm kinda on a budget, and anything that saves me money is awesome.

So, once again, thank you all for your comments.  They are much appreciated.  It will, however, take me a while to try all these ideas out, since my wee one needs me a lot still, and my priority at this time is sewing nursing-friendly tops.
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