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« on: May 02, 2008 08:30:56 PM »

Is it just me...?

Whenever I go to sew two piece of fabric together of exactly equal length that's meant to be hemmed at the bottom or whatever, I always, always, always end up with one fabric end being about an inch or two longer than the other fabric.

I've tried everything! Lowering the feed dog, trying not to pull at the fabric, or pulling at both fabric pieces at the same time, everything!

*Sigh* I think I'm cursed.

And I need some help: after selling my soul and selling out making ugly-assed clothes for my first year in fashion design, I have officially lost all desire to even pick up a piece of fabric and imagine something pretty in it. This has led me to leaving that major. I have to say, I'm extremely disappointed in my lack of motivation to sew now...
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2008 08:42:06 PM »

Say it ain't so!
Ok in addition to not having the presser foot to tight...
Pin your fabric every few inches. don't push the fabric thru or pull it, that breaks needles.I sometimes hold the front and back but still let the feed dogs do the movement. Have you tried all that? have you tried using another machine that someone else has successfully used?
Go to a place that sells sewing machines and ask them to demonstrate. Of course you are going there to buy a machine that works better than yours. This is one of those things where hands on is best. Can you take a sewing machine class? Make pillowcases to practice.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008 06:48:46 AM »

I sew in school for my major. It happens on my home machine and all the industrial machines at school. I've done the pinning, but eventually, the fabric on top builds up and i have to pull out the pins so i wouldn't sew a pucker in the seam. I've ironed them together so hard they practically stuck together and it still didn't work.

I'm just cursed. I just want to see if I'm the only one who has this happen to her. I guess so!  Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2008 01:19:44 AM »

Nope, you're not alone.  It happens to me on my home sewing machine and the industrial overlock I have.  I've tried pining the fabric also but......... it does help some. Not an inch but enough that it's not straight and that I know that I'll never be able to get the patterns matched.  What a pain.  Glad I'm not alone.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2008 01:26:46 AM »

It used to happen to me all the time, but now when I hold the front and back of the fabric while letting it feed through it doesn't do it. I used to think I was cursed also. Don't give up! You'll find your way!
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2008 05:38:22 PM »

I have the same problem - I pin so close together it takes me forever to sew a seam for stopping to pull pins!

I also get the "lovely" pucker. I just chalk it up to my inexperience, and the fact that I've taught myself.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008 02:48:50 PM »

Another idea may be to run a simple basting stitch thru the pieces first then pin them, then sew? You can also use stitch witchery....it is a type of tape you can use to baste the seams together using an iron. Once you have the pieces fused you should be able to sew them together much easier. This has worked for me where i've wanted to keep patterns matched up and whatnot.
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2008 03:19:39 PM »

Jazzy those are both excellent ideas. I have never cared for basting but like you said there are times when it needs to be done. This also reminded me that there is a double faced tape that I've seen used on Sewing with Nancy and it's supposed to not gum up the machine.
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2008 09:14:32 PM »

Is this cotton fabric? Or stretchy fabric? I mean if it has any kind of stretch that may be your problem. If it's cotton fabric or something that doesn't stretch then I suggest to get a new machine. I've never had that problem unless you're talking about the few milimeters every now and then but those don't bother me. I got my sewing machine at walmart 2 years ago for pretty cheap and it's still running. Good Luck!!
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2008 03:23:16 PM »

Not trying to upset you or anything, but could it be that you're stretching the fabric accidentally when you're doing the cutting?  Whenever this has happened to me its because I've done something kind of sloppy like cutting too quickly and not carefully enough or not bothering to pin enough.   Maybe if you tried cutting really slowly and carefully that would help?
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