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« on: February 27, 2005 10:39:01 AM »

Howdy friends! I had a bit of a dilemma for you all.

When I sew material like tshirt material or the stuff an A-shirt is made out of, or really anything that stretches, it gets stretched out and sewn that way (like if you took stretchy material and stretched it out and it stayed that way)

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it makes my hems too long and makes me frustrated! It doesnt matter what stitch I use-- straight, zig zag, even elastic. I have even tried using zig zag and stretching it out as it goes through, hoping it would snap back to normalcy but it doesnt.

Is there something I'm doing wrong? It really makes me mad and it ruins the look of my stuff...is there something I could change on my machine? tension maybe? or stitch length?

Thanks so much guys!
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2005 10:56:17 AM »

Try lengthing your stitch  and adjusting the pressure on your on your machine foot.Hope this helps.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2005 12:56:12 PM »

Ahhh...the first part makes sense... what would I do to adjust pressure on the foot?

thanks so much.
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2005 08:38:41 AM »

The best thing to do with any stretchy fabric is to not pull it at all when you are sewing it. Try to just gently guide it through, and let the feed dogs pull the fabric into the machine. Also make sure the extra fabric is either on the table or on your lap, so the weight of the fabric isn't pulling itself (if that makes sense). If you are still having trouble iron on a water soluble stabilizer to the edge to keep it stiff while sewing.

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2005 08:49:58 AM »

i am kind of new to sewing, but i was having trouble with a really fine fabric + i went and bought a new needle specifically for that fabric as well as changing the stich size..............it made a huge difference. i love new needles.................
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2005 12:10:37 PM »

those are all great suggestions, thanks so much!
by water soluble stabilizer do you mean a specific thing called that, or like, starch?

and changing my needle would probably help too! she's gettin a little old and dull I'm sure.
I will try this-- thanks so much guys!:)
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2005 12:19:31 PM »

It is called that: Water soluble stabilizer. It is often with the interfacing and looks similar sometimes stiffer depending on the brand.
http://joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=82283&PRODID=79657
Just for reference, there are other kinds too.
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2005 12:33:47 PM »

Awesome! Thanks so much, I will check this out soon. bah, craftsters are the best.
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