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Topic: What needle should I use for sparkly confetti dot fabric?  (Read 993 times)
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« on: March 01, 2014 03:57:15 PM »

Hi! I am making roller skate covers out of sparkly/stretchy confetti dot fabric like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/hellomynameismeleah/12865860464/ and the dots are bonded to the fabric with an adhesive, so my needle keeps getting gummed up and shredding the thread (note-I have only tried using all purpose thread so far). I know that a machine is only as good as the needle and I understand that it's important to use the right needle for the job, but I'm having trouble figuring out which needle I should use for this fabric.  So far, I have tried a new Schmetz Jersey ball point needle since the fabric is stretchy and that shredded the thread. Next, I tried a Schmetz universal needle and that still shredded the thread. And just today I ran out to get Schmetz metallic needles and they shred the thread too. The only thing I have not tried is using metalic thread. Oh, and I've also lowered the pressure foot tension and the thread tension. Please help me figure out how to sew on this fabric without shredding the thread every inch and a half!

Thanks so much!,

« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014 02:28:15 PM »

Hi. I'm not sure if this works, but it was a tip that I learned from another forum.
Quote: "When sewing the sequined knit fabric - you know the stuff, the knit fabric that has the mylar dots glued on it - take some waxed paper, cut it into strips, lay it over the fabric and sew. Without the waxed paper you end up with glue all over the needle. When I was altering a skating costume for my friend's daughter, I had to clean the needle about every 5 minutes - and that was using a titanium needle, which is supposed to prevent gunking up. But with the waxed paper, it "wipes the needle off" as you sew. When you are finished, just tear away the paper. It works like a dream!"
Hope it helps. I try to sew between the dots myself or put a bit of oil on the needle to keep it from getting sticky.

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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014 07:52:00 PM »

Thank you so much, elsielorpu. This does help! I'm going to try it right away. 

Also, I didn't mention it in my post, but I was trying to spread oil on the needle with my fingers every few inches, but it still gummed up and would shred the thread.

Oh, and I also tried using invisible thread and that helped but didn't solve the problem completely.

Thanks again!
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2014 05:07:03 PM »

No problem. Let me know how it worked for you. I tried using the wax paper today when I was reinforcing my duct tape purse. It worked for the most part, but the duct tape was stickier.

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