Sra. Nooch wrote:
There is a way to relieve tension on your sewing machine foot while you are sewing by having your finger behind the foot as the fabric comes out. The regular foot is fine for knits but you do have to do some of the feeding yourself, unlike wovens.
Yes, you do need a different needle. A ballpoint or stretch needle will do. If you are using a regular needle, that could work, but it won't at all if it is not sharp. Needles should be replaced every 8 hours of sewing or they get burs which catch on the fabric. This is much easier to notice on the looped knit fabric.
Also, use the smallest (on my machine is it is 0.5mm) stitch width for a normal length (2.0mm) zig-zag stitch to sew knits. You might already have an overlock stitch on your machine
which is great for knits and finishing seams.
Not all knits are created equal. I have found that something like a polyester backed knit stretch velvet or fleece is way easier to control than *anything* rayon/lycra. Don't be afraid to hand baste!
Thanks! I did not know that about the 8 hour guideline. Bought a bunch of ballpoint needles and finally organized them all so I know what to use for which weight. I have been trying to pull the knit through when the feed dogs won't feed it but I mostly get that lettuce effect when I don't want it, like on seams. It appears to be dependent on the type of knit, slippery jersey for instance is hopeless for me.
And THANKS for the link. I'd been looking for a site that showed the stitch and the icon together so I could match it up to my machine. Now I know which icon is overlock for sure ;-]
Yeah, I did a skirt in that stretchy crushed velvet stuff and it was easy. Except for the elastic where they tell you to stretch the elastic to fit the length of the fabric so you can great gathers as you go. I just got an elastic lettuce edge :-o
I've got lots of practicing. And I'm peeved about all the patterns that specify twin needles. I don't think my machine can do a twin needle because there's no 2nd spoke-thingy for a 2nd spool of thread and no place to install one.
Can't wait to see what happens when I try to sew the stretchy tulle-like fabric with embroidered flowers. I read that you can put tape over the bobbin hole so light fabrics are less likely to get sucked down below.