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« on: December 26, 2012 03:59:31 AM »

my machine keeps skipping stitches when I use shiny or stretchy fabrics. yes I am using appropriate needles, changed for every new project, and also the correct presser foot. needle plate is clean underneath, and bobbin is properly threaded so i can't fathom what's wrong. please help!

I'm using a Brother Supergalaxie.
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012 10:55:55 AM »

Maybe the problem lays with the feed dog?
I have a simple machine and sometimes it won't "pull" the fabric forward. I have to give it a bit of help.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013 10:28:55 AM »

Sometimes with difficult fabrics I will sandwich it with tearaway stabilizer.

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2013 04:29:29 PM »

Maybe your machine is channeling Tim Gunn, who says tight and shiny is the quickest way to look cheap!

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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013 07:52:54 PM »

Maybe your machine is channeling Tim Gunn, who says tight and shiny is the quickest way to look cheap!

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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2013 12:43:22 PM »

i completely understand!  I thought my machine was about to fall apart when i recently sewed a dress with stretchy/shiny material.  The machine would make weird noises and get clogged up or knot up.  I would do the same things you mentioned, then i would try to sew again.  Things might be ok and then, maybe not.  I finally took my machine to the repair place.

My diagnosis:  nothing was wrong.  The repair person said that every stitch worked great.  My machine had never been services, so the guy oiled the gears and cleaned in places i've never seen.  I did clean known parts.  OK, so that was about $30.

When I got home, i tried to finish my shiny/stretchy project ... this time a matching bowtie.  Clunk, clogs of threads .... again.  This time i tried some regular fabric and things were good.  I did not go back to the repair shop.  I just finished my bowtie, by hand.

Ever since, other types of material have been fine.  I'm currently working on a hat.  No problems with the machine, just some of my techniques.   ha ha

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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2013 03:54:41 PM »

Does your machine have the ability to adjust the presser foot tension? 

Mine has an adjustable setting feature with different pressures for fabrics that are shiny or stretchy.  I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but the ladies at the sewing store said it's really helpful and makes a huge difference.  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2013 12:51:28 PM »

Pressure foot tension ... hmmm - i don't know if i have this adjustment or not.  I'll check my machine manual.  Maybe my manual will suggest more or less tension.

I've had my machine for 8 years and i still have functions to learn.  I don't know much about feet.   I have used zippers, but not much.  I tried button holes several years ago, but need to work on that some more.


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