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From: lynndieloo
Date: 04-26-2005, 09:00 PM (1 of 9)
Hi Everyone,

I tried my hand at sewing a knit top recently. The problem is the hemline came out wavy. :bluesad: Any suggestions as to what I can do to prevent this in the future?

User: lynndieloo
Member since: 02-28-2005
Total posts: 3
From: smith972
Date: 04-27-2005, 07:58 AM (2 of 9)
what kind of machine are you using?

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Member since: 09-10-2004
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 04-27-2005, 11:28 AM (3 of 9)
That is when I use my old stand-by (Cut-Rite Waxed Paper) in strips under the fabric as I stitch.. It keeps the fabric feeding properly and not stretching as I sew.. I use a slight zigzag stitch so the thread does not pop while wearing.. Until I get a machine (or serger) with a coverstitch, that is my solution.. Works pretty good on most knits.. (nothing works on ribbing , for me.)
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User: LeapFrog Libby
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From: MaryW
Date: 04-27-2005, 01:32 PM (4 of 9)
I just hemmed a skirt today with 4 way stretch. :whacky:

Use a small zig zag, stitch slowly and feed it into the machine so there is no stretch at all. It takes a bit more care but definitely worth the effort.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: plrlegal
Date: 04-27-2005, 03:11 PM (5 of 9)
Mary that is another nice perk about the Pfaff IDF -- it feeds knit/stretch fabrics evenly and prevents that wavy thing that happens with other machines.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: lynndieloo
Date: 04-27-2005, 04:15 PM (6 of 9)
Thanks for the hints ladies. Jada, I have a Viking machine. I can't remember the model. I sure do wish my serger had a cover stitch feature on it, :sad: but until I can afford one with that feature, I'm definitely going to try those hints. Thanks again.

User: lynndieloo
Member since: 02-28-2005
Total posts: 3
From: smith972
Date: 04-27-2005, 04:47 PM (7 of 9)
your viking does not have differental feed....if so use that or a longer stich or is it a shorter stich....i will look in my book when i get home...

User: smith972
Member since: 09-10-2004
Total posts: 241
From: mommydionne
Date: 04-27-2005, 08:59 PM (8 of 9)
I usually hem knits with a twin needle, stitch length 2.5, decrease my presser foot pressure on the fabric and then do what Sandra Betzina calls crowding , stick your finger behind the presser foot and let the fabric build up a little bit between the foot and your finger, keeps it from pulling too much, usually works on most knits,
also lift your knit and feed it into your presser foot from above down into the sewing surface to it won't stretch before it is stitched (this works well for fine knits like jersey some times their own weight stretches them out)
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Member since: 01-08-2004
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 04-28-2005, 01:07 PM (9 of 9)
I use a twin needle and decrease the pressure on the foot and adjust the thread tensions to prevent the wave. I also sort of push the fabric under the foot so that the fabric doesn't have to get pulled.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
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