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I AM MAKING FABRIC BOWLS WHICH CALLS FOR ZIG-ZAG AROUND THE TOP EDGE AND ON THE DART THAT MAKE THE FLAT FABRIC SANDWICH (FABRIC/STIFF INTERFACING/FABRIC) TAKE ON A BOWL SHAPE. MY MACHINE ZIG-ZAGS, SKIPS, AND ZIG-ZAGS,SKIPS, ETC. IT LOOKS LIKE THIS IIII....IIIIIIIIIII......IIII, AND SO ON. THESE ARE GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS. PLEASE HELP!!! THANKS WINI S

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You may want to try a bigger needle that helped me with mine. let me know if this helps. i have the book on fabric bowls will look for more thing to help you.

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When I use a zig zag stitch ESPECIALLY on stretchy fabric it pulls the fabric together. Also when I sew zig zag the bottom part of the stitch looks like little y's instead of a proper zig zag.


It sounds like maybe the bobbin tension is too tight. It is pulling the top thread down to the bottom of the fabric. If you tighten the top tension it causes the fabric to pucker. If you loosen the top tension, more of the top thread will show on the bottom. Correct tension is when the top and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Check that the bobbin thread is not pulling the top thread down when zig-zagging. If so, the bobbin tension may be too tight.

Also, there could be a burr or nick somewhere that is catching the thread when zig-zagging. Wraps very fine fabric around your finger (silk, old hosiery, etc.) and run your finger around the needleplate and underneath. If there is a snag somewhere, the fabric should catch on it. Generally, carefully sanding with a fine emery board or sandpaper can smooth it.

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Be sure you are using a ball-point needle. Try setting the upper tension looser. You also may need to increase the presser foot pressure on your machine (consult your owner's manual if you don't know how to do this). Using a closed-toe presser foot (vs an open-toe embroidery foot) may help control the fabric and prevent it from puckering under the needle. Also, reducing the width of the zig-zag may be helpful.

Some sewing machines have an overlock presser foot. Effectively, there is a thin piece of metal in the center of the presser foot. The needle will straddle that piece of metal in a zig-zag so the upper thread has a little bit of slack in each stitch that will let the fabric lie flat. It is a very nice tool to have especially when zig-zag finishing raw edges too.
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Some sewists will increase the fabric's "body" by inserting a layer of wash-away or tear-away stabilizer. If it is only a small project, a piece of paper added to the seam (like adding machine paper) will help stabilize the fabric.

One last thing to try would be loosening the bobbin tension. However, there is a reason it is the last effort, because most sewists are uncertain about messing with the bobbin and it is also requires "minute" adjustments to effect a big change.

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Yes, because a zig zag stitch is creating a wide stitch and the tension on the thread is going to pull the fabric within the seam together, you can't seam thin fabric with a wide zig zag. It will "tunnel together". If you are using this stitch to neaten a raw edge, then try using the serpentine or three step zig zag where the needle pierces the fabric 3 times in each leg of the zig zag, this will give better results.

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My zig zag stitch is puckering fabric. I even went to the multiple zig zag, same problem. I decreased tension. What should I have double. Note: this was on single layer, along edge of fabric so I could...


Check the bobbin tension too. It could be too tight. Make sure you are using the right size needle for the material as well. Sheer, thin fabric needs a smaller needle, thicker material requires bigger needles. Bobbin tension is the typical problem as most think to adjust the top tension but don't check the bobbin tension.

Is your quilt peices cotton? Cotton shouldn't cause as much trouble sewing along the edge but don't use too long of a stitch length else it will seem to gather up. Puckering side to side however is a tension problem usually. With sheerer fabrics that cause a problem sometimes you can put thin paper underneath, sew through both and then pull the paper off after sewing. (thin like the iron on type interfacing type fabric but like paper).

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