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« on: July 11, 2010 08:15:10 PM »

My husband and I brown bag our lunches everyday for work.  When I saw these snack bags (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342887.0), I thought they would be perfect for veggies and grapes and such.  However, I'm having problems sewing the PEVA liners.  For those of you who haven't worked with it - it's a very thin, vinyl-type material.  When I sew it, the bottom thread bunches (in big loops).  I've tried changing the tension and am going to try changing to a different sized needle next.  Does anyone have any other ideas?  Would using tear-away paper maybe help?  Also, I just oiled the machine (so I know all is in working order there).

Thanks for everyone who can offer suggestions.  I've had to walk away from this project until I can work out the kinks.  Angry
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2010 01:23:11 PM »

I definately think you need some tear away stabilizer and paper will work nicely. 

Also, lengthen your stitch length so you do not perferate the plastic to the point it falls apart.  You might even try a narrow zigzag stitch.

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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2010 10:19:01 PM »

I finally figured it out!  The tear away paper was a great suggestion (THANK YOU), plus I also switched out to a smaller sized needle.  *forhead meets hand*  DOH!  I should have known that... 
I finished two snack bags earlier this evening and am looking forward to making more now that I have it down.  They're actually speedy to make - great for when I'm short on time.  Cheesy
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