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I do really need to buy a stretch needle

I have one of those machines with like 30 different patterns

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    pa vang Oct 23, 2013

    Do I have to buy a stretch needle & strength thread to sew leggings?* or can I just straight stitch?



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Yes, for stretch or knit fabrics you need to use a stretch or jersey needle, they have a ballpoint which will push through the fibres and not pierce them. Right needle for the fabric sewn is critical to good stitch formation and each needle has a use life of 6 hours. Small zigZag stitch will work, straight stitch may pop under wear I do really need to buy a stretch needle - 10_23_2013_1_18_05_pm.png

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    pa vang Oct 23, 2013

    Thank you so much! Very helpful



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Sews fine on cotton, but skips on synthetic stretch cloth. Manual doesn't really offer a suggestion.

Needs to be a ball point needle for stretch fabric, sounds like you are using universal sharp needle. Stretch fabrics require ball point to push between the fibres, also, a slight zig zag stitch is more durable as when you stretch the garment during wear a straight stitch will often break, need some elasticity in the seams. Some machines have a stretch stitch too.

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I need to hem a t-shirt but not sure type of stitch,length,needle I need to zig zag first then finish off with a stretch stitch ? Thanks

The best way to hem around a garment where the seam is going to receive stretching during wearing is with a stretch twin (double) needle.

Pretty easy, just turn up an even hem of 15mm right around the hem line (I am assuming that the bottom edge is even, if not, trim it up first), and press this hem allowance up, pin if you have a jersey that won't stay flat but many cotton knits are fine and the pressing will be enough.

Then thread up your sewing machine for twin needle sewing, refer to your manual if you have never done this before. You will thread two spools of same colour thread up on top of the machine and bring both threads through all threading points down to your needle, then one through each needle eye. Some machines will have a tension device where you can run each thread on either side of a tension disc, most will have twin spools on top of the machine to hold both spools.

You need a stretch twin needle, Schmetz do these in two sizes,
Stretch Twin
2.5/75, 4.0/75
Twin needles look like this.
tally_girl_65.jpg I prefer the 2.5mm gap between the needles. Dont try with a regular twin, it must be stretch needle with ball point points. On some computerised machines, you need a twin needle with a blue bridge, on mechanical machines it will have a red bridge (something to do with horizonal hooks I think). But read your manual or look in your accessory box, your machine may have come with a twin needle and if so, make a note of the needle bridgecolour, then buy that one next time.

Now, set the machine for a straight stitch and place the garment right side up, with the folded hem allowance underneath on the sewing machine and align the folded edge on your 10mm marking. Start at a side seam, and stitch SLOWLY around the whole hem line until you get back to the starting point. Stop, cut your threads and press again. Voila done. I never bother to zigzag a knit fabric, just stitch it. Knits don't fray.

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I am trying to alter a swim suit, and I need to use a stretch stitch. Does the Singer model 2638 have this feature?

Here is the stitch selection page from your manual

I would suggest that you use the stitch called "elastic overlock" using a stretch needle, you need a ball point tip on the needle to press between the elastane fibres in lycra. A stretch needle is blue, coated with a substance that makes it easier to stitch these types of man made stretch fibres, often size 75. If you can't get one of those, then use a ball point needle, size 70 or 80.

You need a stitch with forwards and backwards movement so that the stitching doesn't break under stress. Your machine also has a stretch straight stitch and this would be a forwards and backwards straight stitch so this will work too but can look a bit 'heavy' sometimes. But even triple zig zag narrowed down will work often.

If you are sewing leg edges with lycra, shop made garments will have clear swimsuit elastic sewn into the seam using a coverstitch overlocker, you'll never get as good a result with a regular sewing machine but you can get a reasonable finish with practice. This elastic is available to buy, you might want to use the overlock stitch to attach it to the fabric edge, stretching as you go, then turn it to the inside and use a stretch twin needle and straight stitch to top stitch from the outside, stretching the fabric as you sew.

Trust this helps you a little, 4 thumbs up if so. :-)

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I am trying to get my singer futura ce-100 to be compatable with my windows vista home computer. i only need to do regular sewing with it. I want to be able to sew stretchy material.

If you are only sewing garments and in particular, knits why do you need your machine to be compatible with your PC? It should not be necessary unless you wanted to stitch out digitised machine embroidery patterns, something I've never done in 30 years of dressmaking.

To sew knits you need ball point needles, in an appropriate size for the fabric weight. Good guide to sewing machine needles is here -

On knits you need either a very small zig zag stitch or your machine may have a stretch stitch where the fabric is moved forwards and backwards a little to put some stretch into the seam. Also use polyester thread. You need the ballpoint needle as it pushes between the fabric fibres rather than piercing them, imporant with knits to prevent the seam from popping/breaking when under stress.

For hems you can use a twin needle on the top of the fabric, this gives a nice finish to the seam and also some elasticity as the underneath bobbin thread forms into a zig zag to connect with the twin needle on top.

I would suggest that you visit the website or this link for lots of quick sewing tips for knits like attaching rib jersey for necklines and cuffs that speed up the sewing and give results similar to ready to wear. I bought their "Sewing for Toddlers" and "Sewing for Children" books and traced off patterns for PJ's, track pants and sweat tops and made loads of clothes for my boys from this one book, it is a great resource for knit sewing. They have other books too for adults.

Anything you need in terms of selecting stitches on your sewing machine should be in the instruction booklet, but how you use those stitches and assembly garments is best learnt from taking sewing classes or a good sewing book.

Other useful websites for sewers are, and - there is also a yahoo user group called "FuturaEmbroidery" of fellow Singer Futura sewing machine owners that you may wish to join, often can pick up lots of helpful info and advise from fellow owners.

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Needles to buy

Hello dear! This specific machine recommends regular 90/14 needles, although it would fit 75/11 as well. These are the standard needle and can be purchased at an sewing, fabric or craft store, as well as even a larger store like wal-mart or meijer. (sewing aisle, usually in the middle of the store). If you are sewing a woven, non-stretch fabric, choose the UNIVERSAL needles that come in the red package, if you are sewing on knit or stretch material, choose BALLPOINT (or "stretch") needles that come in the yellow package. Personally, I use schmetz needles. A little more, but way better. Get to stichin! ;)

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Brother LS2125 sewing machine won't run. Light comes on but machine won't run

What stitch pattern do you have it set for? Are you #6 patterns? Not the buttonhole one? You really should read your manual for all of the tips and it will answer what type of needles, stitches for different sewing situations. If, you have anymore questions, email me at, my granddaughter has this same machine and loves it. I will be happy to help you.

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Singer ce350 bobbin thread on top

Be sure when you are threading the top thread that you ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot. This releases the tension disk and allows the thread to seat properly.

Have you gone back and re-tested on your test fabric? Does it work okay on the test fabric? If so, then there's a suspicion that it has something to do with the fabric, needle & thread of your project. Is your project fabric very dense, heavy... Are you using a stabilizer? A hoop--is it taut, not stretched? Make sure the fabric is not trampolining. Could be an incompatibility. The needle & thread may be having difficulty piercing the fabric. Try a different weight needle, perhaps a microtex or embroidery needle.

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If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
If it sewed properly...what changed?

Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing not pull the thread backwards!)

Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).

Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
Replace the it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
Oh...and use the correct needle for the thread. (a universal 80/12 is standard).
Thread can cause issues too. Try a different bobbin, or maybe a different spool of thread to see if that makes a difference.

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