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« on: June 03, 2009 11:42:35 AM »

My new machine has been doing well and I made a bag for my best friend yesterday. I've been working on a bag today. It's pleated on the bottom piece with an attached yoke. Here's the problem - I want to top stitch the yoke, but I have to go over the thicker part of the bottom piece where the pleats are. Every time I hit those areas I get skipped stitches. It's stitching fine otherwise. I've changed the needle but it's still doing it. Any suggestions?


« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009 01:22:02 PM »

check the foot.  Adjust it to see if it works better with more or less pressure.

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009 04:53:43 PM »

Yep, may work better if the foot is lowered all the way. What ya do is lower the foot lever, unscrew the little screw that attaches the foot-clip to the shaft just enough that it's loose. Now raise the lever slowly til the foot-clip is at the lowest part of the shaft without falling off. Tighten up the screw. That will put maximum pressure on your work. Do the opposite to make the pressure lighter (which is what you need to do to sew stretchy stuff).

If you have forty bucks laying around (I wish I did Tongue), you could go buy an even-feed foot, also called a walking-foot, which makes sure all the layers move forward at the same time. Don't get one of the cheapo 15 dollar ones, I hear they are junk.

« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009 12:05:23 AM »

I didn't specify how to do it because there are different systems according to the machine and I don't know what machine the OP has.  Mine uses a knob on the side that regulates the foot pressure. No screws to adjust.

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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2009 05:05:34 PM »

A couple of hints:

First, lengthen your stitch length just a bit.  This will give you a little more thread and may solve the problem. 

If you can easily adjust the presser foot pressure, loosen it (the adjustment is usually on the top of the machine just over the presser foot).  I do not think I would mess with the mechanics unless  you are willing to possibly pay a service person to correct what you did.

Use a hump jumper.....The hump jumper is a handy little tool that will save much frustration when sewing over thick seams. It works as a lever, keeping the presser foot level with the height of the seam. Start by using it in back of the foot to raise it to the height of the seam. Next, bring it to the front to hold the foot up so it doesnt fall off the edge of the seam. It also goes by the name of Jean-a-ma-jig.
Go slow and when you come to the thicker area, use the hump jumper and go slow.  You may even want to manually turn the hand wheel.

Here is a link to some tips for sewing blue jeans and denim, very applicable to making bags:  http://www.grumperina.com/knitblog/archives/2005/08/downtown_no_fin.htm

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010 09:24:58 PM »

Lenthening the stitches is a good idea. Another good idea might be to clean (Or have cleaned) your sewing machine. If you have your sewing machine manual, it will tell you where to oil and grease (I use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, thanks to my Sewing Machine Shop guy). Another idea would be to slow down when you get to your folds. (I tend to go too quickly when I'm topstitching ...)

Apparently, one ought have their Sewing Machine serviced about once a year (Especially if they use it as ... often as I do). If you use your machine lightly (IE fewer than 10 times a month) you ought have it serviced fewer times (1ce every 2 years?)

Good luck with your machine and your sewing.

A.T. Morel
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