Question about Brother Sewing Machines

1 Answer

I have just bought a Brother XL 5500SE. I am having problems with sewing jersey fabrics. I need a stretch stitch=SS- but cannot regulate the stitch length. and the dial of stitches available e.g. 13 cannot be regulated

Posted by on

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Genius:

    An expert who has answered 1,000 questions.

  • Master
  • 1,788 Answers

I would use ball point needles and check my manual for what they suggest for stitching. Sometimes the shell stitch is great and other times I use the straight stretch. If, you look at your manual you will see a chart as to what the best size needle and thread for your project. Don't be afraid to experiment, just relax and enjoy. All it costs is a little scrap material and you can teach yourself so much. Go online for support if you need it at Brother-usa.com and they have frequently asked questions there, too.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Brother ST371HD Strong and Tough. Problem with SS (Stretch Stitch) setting.


Probably something amiss with your machine. Have you tried other stitches and how do they sew?

Feb 28, 2017 | Brother Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Looking for free manual for Kenmore 12511. or instructions on how to a just machine to sew stretchy material


Sears carries a lot of Kenmore manuals, however, there is usually a fee. Have never seen one for no cost.

BTW--be sure to use jersey or stretch stitch needles (ball point) for knit fabrics. You probably should use either a zig-zag or stretch stitch so the threads don't "pop" when the fabric overstretches the thread.

https://www.seamwork.com/issues/2015/06/knits-without-a-serger

search the internet for "sewing stretch fabric" or "sewing knits"

...

...

Apr 15, 2016 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

1 Answer

What settings are required to sew jersey. Have the needs but not quite sure of settings


Jersey is a knit so you want to use ball point needles and probably a slight zig-zag stitch or a stretch stitch (if your machine has one), otherwise when the fabric stretches, the threads will break (resulting in a possible embarrassing moment!).

...

Mar 30, 2016 | Sewing Machines

2 Answers

Why does the machine 'jump' a stitch periodically?


Most likely the timing needs to be adjusted. Try to do straight stitches on the left and then on the right. Does one skip but not the other? If so; get it timed.

Jun 12, 2015 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

I do really need to buy a stretch needle


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 10_23_2013_1_18_05_pm.png

Oct 23, 2013 | Sewing Machines

2 Answers

My machine is skipping stitches


Lower the pressure on the feed dogs, use a stretch stitch, and longer stitch length. Be sure to use a good quality thread, and maybe go lighter weight thread.

Oct 25, 2017 | Janome Memory Craft 9000 Computerized...

2 Answers

I need to know how to do the blind stitch hem


here is a link to great info on sewing.about.com which explains this technique with images, http://sewing.about.com/od/techniques/ss/machineblindsti.htm

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

1 Answer

Need to get a straight stitch on invisible zipper on jersey fabric


Try putting an interfacing, (I would use a lightweight fusible) on the back of your fabric to give it stability. Should go in fine, because there is stability. Good luck

Sep 19, 2010 | Brother XL-2610

1 Answer

When sewing elastic type material it keeps knoting


you may need to use a certain type of thread for jersey knits and stretch fabrics also your machine should have a setting for stretch stitches to allow for smoother sewing

Dec 11, 2009 | Janome Memory Craft 5700

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sewing Machines Logo

Related Topics:

100 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Brother Sewing Machines Experts

Tally Girl
Tally Girl

Level 3 Expert

1129 Answers

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18409 Answers

Irene Tulloch

Level 2 Expert

460 Answers

Are you a Brother Sewing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...