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« on: January 31, 2006 06:27:12 PM »

I'm feeling a bit discouraged. I made a skirt for a pregnant coworker using jersey and it turned out dreadful-lots of holes and nics, puckering etc. I've never sewn with jersey before. I had to give it to her since I'd been promising the skirt for ages. I feel really embarassed and want to make her something else but i'm worried the same thing will happen.

Do your sewing skills ever actually improve?

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2006 01:01:36 PM »

Absolutely!  Jersey is difficult for me to work with also.  But now you know the ins and outs of it and next time it will be better.  Good luck with the next project!

« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2006 03:35:02 PM »

I agree. Jersey is  a hard fabric to work with because it is a knit. I learnt when I was doing my fashion course that  there is a special machine for sewing knits and other stretchy fabrics. But another trick I learnt in school was to do a slight zig-zag stitch, as this will still allow the fabric to stretch and should eliminate the puckering.

And don't be discouraged. Your skills will improve with each project you do. And don't be afraid to ask questions or to so a bit of research. The more you know about sewing and the fabrics you're using, the better your sewing will be.  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2006 03:55:28 PM »

thanks for the feedback :-). I'm also planning on doing some sewing classes!

« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2006 10:36:31 PM »

Did you use the right needle?  Normal sewing needles cut the threads and can cause holes and runs to form in Jersey.  Always use a ballpoint or stretch needles. 

« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2006 03:46:45 AM »

They definitely improve. As well as the needle type check your stitch.. Jersey needs a stretch type stitch if your machine has one (if not even a zigzag is better than a straight stitch) due to the nature of the fabric. Don't give up though, practice makes perfect!
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