Sewing Spandex Fabric

by Mandy

Question:

Hi Monica,

I have been dabbling in various sewing projects for years and am rather frustrated at my lack of progress...

I have a dashing yoga top which is a little big so decided to take it in.... My problem is that my machine keeps skipping stitches? I have put in a new stretch needle and am using some german polyester thread. (I have no problem stitching cotton - and have never encountered this problem before?)

I live in Tanzania - help and resources are limited (with regards to this particular issue!)

Would really appreciate hearing from you.

Regards,

Mandy

Answer:

Hi Mandy,

Hmmm, frustrating at the least. It sounds like you are doing the right things, ie: needle and thread. If you have sewn with stretch knits before with no problem, then try playing with the thread tension dial.
You can also explore other stitches available on your machine (not sure what your sewing machine make and model is, but you may have a stretch stitch built in.)

If not try a very small zig zag stitch, on a scrap of stretch knit fabric, see if this helps.
Sewing with stretch knits is wonderful if you have the right tools in every way. Perhaps in the future you may want to invest in a serger, this is a wonderful machine for sewing stretch fabrics. You will want to sew more than you do now if you have one at your finger tips.

I hope that this helps, please don't hesitate to contact me if you need more help.

Good luck and happy sewing.
Monica


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