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Topic: Repurposed sweater fabric stretches when I sew- what am I doing wrong?  (Read 948 times)
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« on: December 25, 2011 09:17:54 PM »

Hi crafty people,
I have been working with repurposed sweaters- some felted a little, some a lot, some not at all. I do not seem to be able to sew a seem without the fabric stretching and rippling- and changing the look more than I want. I have tried zigzags and straight sticthes, and have played with the width, but I am just not getting it figured out.

Any suggestions or advice?
Thanks- and much appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2011 01:09:21 PM »

Some machines let you adjust the pressure of the foot. If you can do this on yours, lowering the pressure should help some. You can also use some stabilizer (one that washes out for example) or sew it between two sheets of tissue paper then rip the paper off (harder to do with zigzag). Steaming/pressing the seam after you sew it can also help the fabric shrink back up.
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2011 01:55:19 PM »

A couple years ago, I received a walking foot (aka even-feed foot) for Christmas. Now I sew EVERYTHING with it! It draws the fabric from the top while the feed dogs draw it from the bottom, minimizing the amount of rippling. I second Neon's suggestion of loosening the presser foot, which is pretty essential for working with really stretchy things.

Best of luck and happy holidays!

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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2011 07:05:07 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions- I will look through my manual on the presser foot, and see if I have a walking foot. I think one came with my machine.... I think....

I am so eager to get sewing!!

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