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I am trying to hem a pair of Lulu Lemon yoga pants and the material keeps getting caught (pulled down into the needle guide.) I am using a double needle and in "B" # 73. That design actually allows the pants to keep their reversable feature. However, I can't get it to sew on the material. It was great on regular material. So do I need other needles... my twin ones are the ones that came with the machine or is there some other trick.

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Most likely the pants are a knit or stretchy fabric and you should be using a ballpoint needle especially for knits. Try poking the needles through your fabric and pull them back out just to see if there's a burr on one of them. If not, you can use them if you can't get the ballpoint ones. If the fabric is knit and it keeps getting caught, try putting a stabilizer under the fabric to get it to sew smoothly. You can try a light tearaway from Joanne Fabrics. If you can't get to a store, try waxed paper, tissue paper, an old pattern or anything that you have that can be torn away after you stitch. You only need a strip on the bottom of the hem. If the pattern is intricate and the paper sticks after the tearaway process, you can just dampen the paper so it will fall off. Hope this solves your problem.

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