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Problems sewing stretch fabrics

Old 10-05-2014, 01:23 AM
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Unhappy Problems sewing stretch fabrics

Does anybody have any suggestions for successfully sewing stretch fabrics? I have tried sewing zig zag seams and also using a walking foot, but with no success. I couldn't believe just how difficult this has proved to be and am ready to bin the project altogether.
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Old 10-05-2014, 01:49 AM
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Use a fusible stabilizer which keeps fabrics from stretching. There are very lightweight woven and non woven stabilizers to choose from. ( not fusible webbing for appliques- stabilizer)
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Old 10-05-2014, 04:05 AM
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Use a needle made for stretch fabrics.
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Old 10-05-2014, 04:06 AM
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I sew with a slight sig sag stitch try it good luck
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Old 10-05-2014, 04:26 AM
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There is a needle made for stretch (knits) plus you do a very small zig zag or some machines actually have a stretch stitch built in, even my machine that is close to 30yrs has this feature. There is clear stablizing tape that you can run along the seam as well. Do a google search, I would bet there is a you tube video on it.
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Old 10-05-2014, 04:37 AM
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THANK YOU SO MUCH. Your suggestions have worked and I am now off to complete my project. What would we do without the Board and of course you yourselves for helping out in a crisis.
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Old 10-05-2014, 06:18 AM
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What was not included in the question - did you want to sew the fabrics so they would still be stretchy? or did you want to sew them so they would be not-stretchy?
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:59 AM
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I never gave that any thought. All I was concerned with was trying to get my seams to appear to lie flat.
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Old 10-05-2014, 01:43 PM
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For garments, you want the seam to remain stretchy. For quilts, you don't want the seams to be able to stretch.

How did you end up fixing the problem?
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:20 AM
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Following information provided by Romanojg I changed my needle to a ball point one and used a zig zag stitch.
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