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From: sewingrandma
Date: 04-10-2004, 10:09 AM (1 of 5)
DD has some slacks that she purchased in Italy. Way to long, but as she said they were only $10. The label says that the fabric content is 56% cotton and 44% nylon. The outer surface of the fabric is vinyl like, shiny and smooth, stretchy in all directions, the inner surface is almost like a flannel but not a separate lining. What type/size needle should I use, thread? The stitch length on the slacks is very short which surprised me. I know I'll need to use a teflon foot or use something so it won't stick. Thanks for any help.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
From: dmoses
Date: 04-10-2004, 10:19 AM (2 of 5)
I'm not sure which needle to use, but the section that you cut off can be used to practice.

My first thought was a microfibre needle, but I'm not sure if that would be appropriate because of the stretch.
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 04-11-2004, 12:12 AM (3 of 5)
So what does the exsisting hem stitching look like? Does it stretch with the material? Some times when I'm doing hemming I will take a ruler and count off the number of stitches in an inch to see what setting they have used. Some times even pick out some stitches to get a better look at the type of thread and make decisions from there.
User: woodywoodpecker
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 242
From: MartySews
Date: 04-11-2004, 08:21 PM (4 of 5)
I would recommend using a size 11 microtex needle for mid-weight fabric and polyrayon thread. Happy Stitching!
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User: MartySews
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 504
From: sewingrandma
Date: 04-15-2004, 03:24 PM (5 of 5)
Thanks for your suggestions. The exsisting stitches are very short, the thread feels very thick. The holes from the needle are very large. It looks like if you pulled just right the fabric would tear. It probably would if it was a different fabric. Will practice on the scrap that has to be cut off.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
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