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Satin Fabrics keep jamming when trying to hem

Why do Satin Fabrics keep jamming when trying to hem them? Also have the smae problem when trying to do shirring!

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    cotton fabric tears when embroidery satin stitch



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Satin is a slippery fabric besides being thin, this is when a walking foot or PFAFF's IDT system help feed both top and bottom sheets. You could also be using a sharp needle vs a ballpoint. Change your presser feet with either a roller or teflon coated.

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When I tried hemming with thin fabric, fabric caught up under the sewing machine plate, then I forced to pull the fabric out. Since then machine is not working. Need an expert help,

You may have fabric jammed in the bobbin case...take the bobbin and the case how the parts go together as you remove them...look for bits of thread and fabric... A little lint brush with a pipe cleaner end is usually in your tool tray. Use that to sweep away dust etc... And when sewing very thin or fine fabric use tissue or tear away stabilizer to keep fabric from getting sucked into the bobbin case! Good luck!

Jul 11, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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My top tension is off. It was factory set for 5. I checked needle size, bobbin tension, thread, and for any build up of fuzz. I have a White Jeans machine. If I turn the top tension dial to 7, the bot

If the needle jams when sewing over thick items, it may be you have a dull needle? Not all machines can hem blue jean material without a hand to help the flywheel around, through the doubled over seams.

Additionally, when sewing the basic two pieces into one piece, start with the presser foot ON the fabric about a half inch sewing in reverse first, backing up to the fabrics edge and then proceeding forward through your fabric.

Fabrics too heavy or too light, are the common issues with home and commercial sewing machines.Knowing your machine and how to operate it; will get you through these "issues" when sewing.

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Jan 01, 2015 | White Sewing Sewing Machines

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I need to know how to do the blind stitch hem

here is a link to great info on which explains this technique with images,

In brief, you need to fold the fabric to be hemmed into a Z shape with the wrong side hem edge at the bottom of the Z.

The Blind stitch is either three straight stitches then a wide zig zag which swings to the left and catches a little bit of the folded edge, or three small zig zags, then one wide zig zag to the left to catch one stitch into the folded edge. The zig zag style has a little more stretch in it so works good on jerseys and knits.
tally_girl_0.gif You need to use the blind hemming foot which helps you to line up the folded edge and keep it at a constant distance from the needle. It will look like this.
tally_girl_53.jpg Turn the little silver screw to move the white plastic guide left or right until you've got just a smidgen of fabric being stitched by the left wide stitch. Always do a practice sample first to get the stitching and guide set right. On most machines you can vary the width of the big zig by adjusting the stitch width dial a little.

You need to adjust the blind hemming foot guide so that the needle is just catching a tiny amount of your folded fabric because this is the stitch which shows on the right side of the fabric when you unfold the Z. So forget trying to hem satin or expensive fabrics this way, a hand sewn stitch will give a much better finish.

Blind hemming works best on a hem which is continuously straight on the same grain line, its not great for a curved hem. So if you've got a tiered skirt or the frill on a bed valance, it is fine as the fabric edge to be hemmed will be a continuous straight length. You can use it on a slightly curved hem for jerseys as the fabric has more give, and patterns will help to disguise the stitching too.

I hope that this helps you to sew your blind hem, 4 thumbs up if so.

Jul 19, 2011 | Brother LS2020 Sewing Machine

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I have a brother ls-1217 i was cleaning it and one of the springs that is on the inside on the left came un hooked from the bottom and I am not sure where is supposed to be hooked up to. Can someone...

Brother says DO NOT OIL!!

Sadly I'm afraid you'll have to take this in to a service location.

Issues with thread jamming and threading are normally issues with the wrong needle for the application. Your manual should have needle suggestions for different fabrics. Also before you begin sewing grasp both threads and gently tug straight back as you start your first stitches.

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Feb 05, 2011 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a singer white model 979...everytime I sew stretch fabrics and satin it seems that either my material sort of scruntches or it stretches after I sew the hem. what am I doing wrong and how do I do...

Do you have a walking foot attachment? Also, called an evenfeed foot. You can also try using tissure paper under your fabric as you sew for a quick fix.

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I was doing a rolled hem on flannel baby blankets. My machine stopped and overload notice came up. How long before it will work again?

the rolled hem should only be used for light weight fabrics, if you read the manual it will tell you this..flannel is just too thick a fabric.

Jun 08, 2010 | Husqvarna Huskylock Computerized 936

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Hemming stretch fabrics

You can use a twin needle if you want the look of top stitching (like t-shirt).

For the blind hem, you need to baste the hem and then the fold so they do not shift as the machine stitches the hem.

I like to test each of these techniques by making a sample with the same fabric and adjusting length when using the twin needle or width and length when doing the blind hem.

Twin needle does limit the stitching to a straight stitch or a very, very narrow zig-zag - this has to be hand walked to be sure neither swing hits the presser foot or needle plate before stitching.

Feb 22, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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Jamming brand new machine

the tension on the bobbin case needs to be adjusted to needle size and type of fabric the medium fabrics usually use a size 11, light fabrics need a size 9 and heavy like ( corduroy denim or upholstery fabric needs a 14 or 16 Heavy fabrics need a little less tension on the top side so it will feed properly just play with it until it looks good on a scrap of the same fabric

Dec 13, 2009 | Singer 1507

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Material is puckering.i was hemming pants ,that went good;so i tried working with a very light material.threads are nor releasing, i guess, as the material is pulling together as i sew, its all puckered.

you should always use needles that are the right size and sharpness for different fabrics. any fabric store can help you with this. according to your machine the smaller the # on the needle the finer teh fabric it will sew. also using the right weight of thread is important...light weight thread for light weight fabric and heavier for thicker fabrics

May 18, 2009 | Singer Sewing Machines

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