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Topic: Help! Cotton jersey fabric gets stuck in feed dogs  (Read 4302 times)
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« on: April 19, 2011 07:33:15 PM »

I bought enough of a remnant to make a shirt out of that is cotton jersey material. After cutting everything and trying to sew seams... everytime I start a new seam, it just bunches it all up inside the feed dogs and starts creating holes in my fabric.

Last month I used a slighty heavier jersey knit and my machine handled it fine. What can I do for this thinner cotton jersey short of trying to interface the seams of every piece to make it thicker?

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011 06:56:09 AM »

Would sewing it with a piece of tissue paper (that sticks beyond your seam allowance) underneath it work? 

« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011 09:48:13 AM »

Aside from putting paper under it (and then having the fun of pulling the paper out of the stitching), there's a couple of problems that could be causing this. First, are you using a ballpoint needle? Sharps/universals tend to cut the threads of stretchy fabrics. If you're using a ballpoint then it could be the needle is dulled or bent, so try a new one. Alternatively, the needle may be too large. If you're using 90/14, go down a size or two. Then there's stretch needles, which are a little more expensive, BUT they're designed for extremely stretchy knits. Here's an awesome article about needle types:


« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011 03:47:10 AM »


When you are attempting a jersey fabric, you need a ball point needle to prevent damaging the fabric. The ball point needle is especially for sewing with jersey fabrics.

When you are sewing, to prevent the fabric from bunching in and around the feed dogs, you need to gently pull the fabric as you sew with one hand and guide the fabric with your other hand. If you do not gently pull the fabric as you sew, the feed dogs are under to much strain and the fabric will not feed through fast enough and cause the bunching and jaming.

Practice makes perfect, just keep at it and you will get there, i hope that this helps you.

Happy sewing.   Cheesy

Michael Coates - Professional English Tailor
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